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Jeep might have invented the SUV, but the Jeep Renegade is the American brand's first foray into the small SUV market.
Under the skin it's closely related to sister brand Fiat's 500X, although you'd never know it because the Renegade has more ground clearance and Jeep's trademark grille and butch off-road looks.
In addition to the 500X, alternatives in this fiercely contested sector include the Citroén C4 Cactus, Skoda Yeti and Suzuki Vitara.
If you decide the Rengade is for you, there are six engines to choose from. Petrol-wise there's an entry-level 108bhp 1.6-litre and 138bhp and 169bhp versions of the same turbocharged 1.4-litre unit, while the diesel line-up consists of a 118bhp 1.6 and 138bhp and 169bhp 2.0-litres.
The most powerful 1.4 petrol comes with a six-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, and the lesser 2.0-litre diesel has the option of a nine-speed conventional auto, which the higher-powered version gets as standard. All the other options are manual-only.
Four-wheel drive is available on the high-powered 1.4 petrol and 2.0 diesels, but it’s only the range-topping Trailhawk version that’s marketed as a genuine off-roader; it brings metal skid plates, a 15mm increase in ride height, and standard four-wheel drive with a low-ratio mode and hill descent control.
Read on for everything you need to know if you're thinking of buying a Jeep Renegade, including which version we recommend.
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