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Jeep Renegade 4xe plug-in hybrid interior, dashboard & comfort

The Renegade is a comfortable small SUV with good infotainment, but its interior feels a little plasticky

Overall rating

3.5 out of 5

Interior, dashboard & comfort rating

3.5 out of 5

Price
£38,000 - £39,000
Fuel Type:
Hybrid Petrol

It's fair to say the Jeep Renegade is a bit of a mixed bag inside. While the Renegade's chunky exterior styling has aged well, the same can't be said of its interior; it doesn't feel as modern as its rivals’. 

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Standard equipment levels are okay, but things could be more generous in terms of the amount of space the Jeep offers inside.

Jeep Renegade 4xe dashboard

We appreciate that many of the dashboard controls remain as chunky buttons and dials, but the arrangement could be better. For example, the audio controls are in the same area as the air-con system, while the hybrid mode buttons are relegated to where they could find spare space down by the off-road mode selector. You may learn your way around it, but it ought be more thoughtfully laid out.

Fortunately, the centrally mounted 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment display responds snappily to inputs, while an easy-to-read seven-inch screen between the dials helps the driver keep track of the car's hybrid functions.

Elsewhere, there are hard plastics throughout the cabin, which may be easy to clean mud from but undermine the interior's premium feel. It's likely to put up with family life as a result, but the Renegade feels less well put together than an equivalent Kia Niro PHEV or MINI Countryman.

Equipment, options & accessories

Entry-level Limited trim has an 8.4-inch infotainment system, adaptive cruise, automatic lights and wipers and 17-inch alloy wheels. Upland models and above have regular cruise control, but get full LED headlights and handy front and rear parking sensors. Range-topping Trailhawk adds some off-road specific bumpers and other off-road goodies such as skid plates to protect vulnerable mechanicals underneath.

Infotainment, apps & sat nav

The Renegade's 8.4-inch infotainment screen works well and has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity as standard: sat-nav is optional. Jeep's Uconnect services are also standard, allowing for controlling and monitoring various car functions via a dedicated smartphone app. The system can also be used to provide telematics to insurance providers.

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