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Jeep Renegade

Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:Jeep Renegade



Final thoughts and pick of the range

Buy it for the looks and lifestyle, then put up with the flaws. Likeable, but irrational

Look, you could have a quieter, more comfortable, more enjoyable car to drive for the same money as a Renegade. The question is: do you actually want any of them? In a class of copycat pseudo-SUVs with less personality than their sat nav voiceover and all the off-road ability of copper bathtub the Renegade looks and acts a little differently, and that alone imbues it with likeable character. It’s not a crossover you’ll buy rationally – it’s the only car in its class that’s a heart-over-head purchase.

Chances are if you’ve fallen for its bonsai-Rambo looks, you’ll overlook the Renegade’s powertrain bugbears and come to see it as a treasured member of the family. If you’re simply after a diminutive, rough-and-tumble workhorse, we’d be looking at the likes of the Hyundai Kona, Citroen C3 Aircross or BMW X2 instead.

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