Unlike some PHEVs, the 4xe comes in a range of trim levels with prices kicking off at £32,600 for the Longitude. It gets an 8.4-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, dual-zone climate control and 17-inch alloys as standard, while you’ll have to fork out an extra £1,900 for the Limited’s leather seats, 18-inch wheels and adaptive cruise control which isn’t worth it. The Trailhawk gets a more rugged look with smaller bumpers to make it easier to go up and down steep hills, a ‘rock’ driving mode and some extra trim pieces inside and out.
You really have to make sure the sums add up, though, as the 4xe versions cost around £5,500 more than the equivalent 1.3 petrol models. If you don’t regularly plug the car in to top up those batteries, it’ll take a very, very long time to recoup that extra cash you’ve spent by choosing the PHEV model.
The potential savings you’ll make by owning a 4xe compared to a normal petrol or diesel Renegade could be huge. With its 50g/km CO2 output and the ability to return 123-134mpg in fuel consumption, the 4xe looks to be incredibly frugal and will be light on your wallet. It also falls into the 12% tax bracket too, while normal Renegades are in the 34-37% brackets.
We can’t stress this enough though: with PHEVs like the Renegade 4xe, you really have to charge it as much as possible. So whether that’s at the supermarket, at work and at home the key to getting the cheapest running costs is plugging in the car frequently. Do that and you’ll have a chance of matching the claimed 123mpg figure, and the extra £5,500 you’ve shelled out for the 4xe will be worth it.