Muscular and squared (even in the wheel), this 2018 Jeep Renegade 1.4 Multiair front-wheeled Jeep has a high front and “standing”. The 1.4 turbo gasoline is lively, the automatic transmission (optional, to 1,800 euro, robotic type with double clutch) is gentle in the steps of March. Ok comfort, although in speed there are annoying hisses. Well done, it has a multimedia system with the expensive navigator and with a little responsive screen.
Unmistakable for square shapes, the Renegade Jeep is a practical SUV also in the city thanks to the length contained (423 cm). The shape of the bodywork is at the base of its remarkable habitability, but also of annoying hisses in speed. Not bad visibility: the front struts are thick but little inclined, and the wide mirrors. The rear window is small, but the distance sensors are standard (like the fog lamps), even in front. This version, front wheel drive, is moved by a 1.4 turbo-powered 140 CV, which pushes from the low revs well assisted by the automatic transmission DDCT (optional). The latter (the only one available for the 4×4 variant, which has 170 hp) is a robotic double clutch with six speed, quick and sweet in the related passages. The thirst is not excessive, but a modern small 4×2 SUV should do better than the 13.3 km/l detected on average. The car has a sincere behavior (discreet the road seal), but it gives the best if guided with sweetness. Correct, but nothing more, the spaces of arrest and good resistance to fatigue of the braking system. The steering is as precise as it is needed and has a correct weight; However, the steering diameter is large. The rich test Limited also has standard emergency automatic braking; It deprives the Longitude, equipped with cruise control, fog lamps and rear distance sensors, but with a manual “climate” instead of a bizone.
2018 Jeep Renegade 1.4 Multiair Dashboard and controls
The cockpit of the new Jeep Renegade 1.4 Multiair is well done and full of references to the history of the house (like the design of the mask of the first Jeep decorating the console, the profiles of the speakers and the support of the mirror). The plank lining is soft. The plastics are well mounted and (except those that imitate the metal) quality. Ample and rational commands: Pity that those of the “climate” (as well as the central screen) are mounted rather down. With 1,150 euros, the display is also a navigator, but it is small (only 6.5 ‘ ‘) and little responsive to the touch; Spendendone 400 Plus, the Infotainment package adds a hi-fi to nine speakers, with powerful sound and fairly loyal. Wide, rich and customizable the color screen (standard) between the two elements by hand of the dashboard; On the left, the original “Mudstain” indicates the red zone of the tachometer.
Space also abounds above the heads, due to the high and flat roof. In four you travel with some ease, but in five you are not uncomfortable. The driver’s seat has standard electrically adjustable lumbar support. Too small The left footrest: in gear, the foot remains rotated.
Almost all rivals are longer than a few centimeters, but they also offer a more generous trunk; On the other hand, the compartment has a regular shape. Practical the bottom, which can be lowered by 13 cm, but a couch down the floor has a step.
Driving Test, Mileage Detail
The elevated driving position of the 2018 Renegade 1.4 Multiair, the compact measures, the thrust decided by the low revs and the sweetness of the automatic gearbox help in traffic. Sometimes, Stop & start restarts the engine with a bit of delay. Useful the distance sensors (standard as well as the front) and the camera (in the parking package). Not exceptional the 12.1 km/L detected.
The steering is precise, to be that of a small SUV, and the car offers sincere reactions even in the abrupt maneuvers: forcing the gait, however, the front widens the trajectory soon. Good brake modulation. The gearbox correctly selects the gears: unnecessary to use it manually. Average 16.7 km/l registered.
The “box” shape does not favour aerodynamics: the rustles of air are evident already at about 110 km/h, and the consumption is not low: at 130 km/h (despite the engine works, in sixth gear, with little noise and only 2750 laps) does not go beyond the 11 km/L. For the whole test, the stability: only on the junctions of the viaducts is “dance” a little.