Jeep Renegade interior
The Renegade’s quirky interior touches and hard materials are an acquired taste, but at least it stands out from the drab interiors you get in most small SUVs
Chunky grab handles, large air vents and a tall, upright windscreen that offers a great view of the road ahead all help the Jeep Renegade’s cabin stand out from the crowd.
A few neat touches – such as the mud splatter printed on the rev-counter in off-road-focused models – might not appeal to everyone, but they make the Renegade more memorable than your average small SUV. It also has several images of Jeep’s seven-bar grille logo stamped around the interior, so you’re not likely to forget what car you’re driving.
The Renegade’s dashboard plastics are reasonably soft but the door trims are hard and scratchy and the switches lack the solid, mechanical feel you’ll find in a Suzuki Vitara. It’s all functional rather than flash, but at least it feels like it’ll stand up to a good few years of abuse.
Entry-level Longitude models come with fabric seats, but upgrade to a Limited version and you get leather seats, padded door trim and a leather steering wheel. S versions add some subtle contrasting stitching and tinted windows, while Trailhawk models come with red stitching and a set of easy-to-clean floormats.
The Jeep Renegade's cabin looks unashamedly chunky, but this rugged theme doesn't extend to its switches; many of which feel a bit cheap
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Every Jeep Renegade now comes with an 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system. It’s reasonably bright and the mostly colourful menus make it fairly easy to read, but it doesn’t respond to your inputs quite as quickly as the screens you get in a VW T-Roc and Skoda Karoq.
You do at least get a set of physical shortcut buttons as standard, which is handy because the on-screen buttons are quite small and fiddly. Speaking of which, these rather small icons can make it a bit tricky to input an address into the standard sat-nav, but once you’ve entered an address, the directions are fairly easy to follow.
Happily, though, this system also comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard so you can instantly feel at home using your favourite navigation apps directly on the car’s built-in touchscreen.
You can also download Jeep’s Uconnect app, which allows you to send sat-nav directions from your phone to your car or check how much fuel you have left in the tank without leaving the house.
Pick a high-spec Limited version and you also get a 7.0-inch display nestled between the instruments. Just like the central display, this is right, clear and fairly easy to read – even in direct sunlight.
The Jeep Renegade has conventional heating and ventilation controls on the centre console – unlike some cars fitted with touchscreen infotainment systems. These make it dead easy to tweak the cabin temperature without taking your eyes off the road.