This is where the case for the Renegade begins to unravel. It feels very much like a car originally intended to take Jeep into what marketeers call the B-SUV segment, alongside the Yeti and Captur. But it’s as if those same marketeers realised that, in order to adequately represent the Jeep brand, the Renegade would need more power, more mechanical specification and more 4x4 capability than that segment routinely offers –and all of that inflates the car’s price.
And so to all but those in love with the idea of a downsized Jeep or who’ll make regular use of its off-road talents, the Renegade ends up simply looking like a curious alternative to a full-size crossover such as the Nissan Qashqai, Mazda CX-5 or Peugeot 3008: characterful and capable, sure, but also downmarket, with its supermini-level material quality levels, and lacking in space.
Jeep uses the high equipment levels of the car to justify its price, pointing out that a like-for-like Mini Countryman Cooper D will cost you £1750 more than a Renegade 1.6 Multijet Limited, considering that sat-nav, climate control, 18in alloys and leather are all standard on the Jeep and costly options on the Mini.
But it’s an argument that won’t hold water for a great many because, first and foremost, it makes the Renegade look expensive on paper.