Jeep Renegade interior
The Renegade’s quirky interior touches and hard materials are an acquired taste
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 – might not appeal to everyone, but they make the Renegade more memorable than the 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 Vitara. It’s all functional rather than flash.
Cars in mid-range Limited guise come with Jeep’s larger 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system and leather seats while top-spec Trailhawk and S versions have tinted privacy glass.
Renegade seems like such an inappropriate name when you consider that so much of the cabin is thoroughly conventional
Entry-level Sport models come with a rather basic 5-inch touchscreen infotainment system with DAB digital radio and Bluetooth connectivity, but that’s about it. Step up to a Longitude model and the system gets satellite navigation too, but the screen itself is still small and tricky to read on the move.
Pick a high-spec Limited version and you’ll be treated to a larger 8.4-inch touchscreen system on the dashboard and a second seven-inch display nestled between the instruments. Both are bright, clear and fairly easy to read – even in direct sunlight. The touchscreen is reasonably responsive and comes with a number of physical buttons on the dashboard, which is lucky, as the small onscreen buttons are quite difficult to hit while driving.
Happily, though, this larger system also comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard so you can instantly feel at home with either Apple or Google’s operating system protected straight onto the screen.
The Jeep Renegade has conventional heating and ventilation controls on the centre console – unlike some cars fitted with touchscreen infotainment systems. These make it as easy as possible to tweak the cabin temperature without taking your eyes off the road.
The screen within the instrument binnacle can display a range of features including sat-nav directions and a graphic that’ll show you how much air pressure there is in the tyres – if you’re interested in that sort of thing. You can easily scroll through these features using buttons on the steering wheel to find a display you’re happy with.
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.