Jeep Renegade SUV - MPG, running costs & CO2
The Jeep Renegade is cheap to run for such a capable off-roader, but more road-biased rivals have lower emissions
Jeep has now discontinued the diesel models of the Renegade, instead offering downsized petrol options and a plug-in hybrid version. A number of the Renegade’s compact SUV rivals will still be less expensive to run in the real world.
Jeep Renegade MPG & CO2
The latest version of the Renegade is powered by a 1.5-litre turbo petrol ‘e-Hybrid’ engine with mild hybrid technology. This is said to be around 13% more efficient than the outgoing 1.3-litre turbocharged petrol engine. It can return up to 41.3mpg with emissions from 130-139g/km of CO2.
For lower running costs, the Renegade 4xe plug-in hybrid could be the solution. Its 11.4kWh battery pack and electric motor means it can drive up to 25 miles using no petrol at all. Alternatively, in Hybrid mode, the car's on-board computer decides when to deploy electric or petrol power, and the battery’s charge can be saved for use later on – say when you drive into a city.
Official CO2 figures from 49-53g/km place the 4xe in a low BiK band for business users, and reduce the cost of annual VED (road tax) to the discounted rate. Fuel consumption is quoted as up to 134.5mpg but, like all plug-in hybrid models, this will greatly depend on how often the owner tops up the batteries and their driving habits. Longer trips with a depleted battery will see much higher fuel consumption than local trips with a fully charged battery.
The Renegade was previously powered by a choice of Fiat-sourced petrol engines. The most economical was the entry-level 1.0-litre petrol, which can achieve up to 44.1mpg when fitted with the manual gearbox and two-wheel drive. Upgrading to the 1.3-litre petrol engine only saw fuel economy drop to 42.8mpg but it makes the car much faster and more powerful. This engine is mated to a six-speed dual-clutch automatic.
There was also a 178bhp version of the 1.3-litre engine with four-wheel drive and a nine-speed automatic as standard but this has been discontinued. Having four-wheel drive is near-essential for off-road driving but this model struggled to manage more than 40mpg. Likewise, the 2.0-litre diesel had standard four-wheel drive and the sole 168bhp option returned just shy of 45mpg.
The Renegade falls into insurance groups 10 to 25, with the less powerful front-wheel-drive versions being predictably cheaper to cover than the more powerful four-wheel-drive models.
The Renegade comes with a three-year warranty along with seven years of corrosion cover. According to Jeep, the warranty includes roadside assistance, original parts and certified technicians to carry out any necessary repairs. It can also be extended for an additional three years at extra cost.
You can opt for Jeep's 'Service Care' service plan which means you can pre-pay for your services, including all parts and labour. This means you don’t have to worry about budgeting for a costly service once a year.