The Renegade’s quirky 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’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 a more conventional 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 Skoda Yeti.
Cars in mid-range Limited guise come with a 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system and leather seats while top-spec Trailhawk and Desert Hawk versions have embossed leather upholstery and heated front seats as standard.
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 five-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 small and tricky to read on the move.
Pick a high-spec Limited version and you’ll be treated to a larger 6.5-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. These help you quickly access some of its key features – including radio, sat-nav and phone functions – without having to jump into a sea of confusing menus.
The 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’t get the Renegade with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto smartphone mirroring features, but you can download Jeep’s Uconnect app instead. This’ll allow 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.