Mzansi Life reviewed the Jeep Renegade with a design inspired by the original 1941 Willys MB Jeep, one of the first military vehicles to be mass-produced in 1945 during World War II.
What impresses most about the Renegade is the rugged and energetic look that pays tribute to the brand’s legendary heritage, as well as its driving capabilities – both in the city and off-road terrains.
On the tar road, the Renegade feels very much like a hatchback with a little higher ground clearance. The steering wheel grips well enough and the ride is comfortable.
With the state-of-the-art technology, the car detects obstacles and oncoming vehicles, warning the driver of possible dangers.
Its lane position is monitored by cameras. If the vehicle approaches the lane boundaries unintentionally, the system will assist the driver with warnings. Furthermore, in case of lane drift detection the system proactively leverages the electronic power steering to deliver a torque-input to assist the driver with a corrective action.
The adaptive cruise control decreases the vehicle’s pre-set cruise-control speed when closing in on another vehicle in the same lane, or a when another vehicle pulls into the same lane. The system accelerates to the pre-set speed when the vehicle in front speeds up or moves into another lane. This is very useful when driving in adverse meteorological conditions or in situations of reduced visibility.
The rear park assist system utilises ultrasonic sensors at low speeds in reverse to detect stationary objects.
On the inside, the Jeep Renegade features state-of-the-art technology including the segment’s largest full-colour instrument cluster display.
The display offers a wide range of customisation options – from basic speed readout to specific vehicle status information. In the 4WD version, it also provides the possibility to check the Selec-Terrain mode.
The UConnect Infotainment System touch screen is linked to integrated controls on the steering wheel that allow you to manage Bluetooth, radio, USB port and the auxiliary audio input jack.
The navigation system features an outstanding 3D graphics and Assisted-GPS sensors to ensure accurate positioning in areas where GPS signals may be obstructed.
I was impressed with the panoramic sunroof that slides all the way back, providing much needed light.
The Jeep Renegade’s look is influenced by the powerful stance of legendary Jeep vehicles, whose rugged body and robust proportions have been developed with a fresh and energetic style.
It features iconic seven-slot grille that is surrounded by a vibrant coloured shield while large circular headlamps are placed under the hood for a clean look.
The vintage gas cans icon marks the rear lamps and Renegade badge on the side of the vehicle.
The following stood out most for us:
- Rugged and energetic look
- Panoramic sunroof that slides all the way back
- Great ground clearance
- Off road capability
- Advanced audio system and sound quality
- Distinctive features and modern technology
Out of five rating: