Jeep Renegade 4xe Review

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Price: £32,600 - £36,500

Jeep’s characterful Renegade now comes as a PHEV, but it’s pricey and a little unrefined. It’s brilliant off-road, though.

Score

6/10

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  • Battery size: 11.4 kWh
  • Company car tax: 13%
  • Emissions: 50g/km
  • Range: 26 miles
  • Fuel economy: 123 MPG
  • Jeep Renegade 4xe
  • Jeep Renegade 4xe
  • Jeep Renegade 4xe
  • Jeep Renegade 4xe
  • Jeep Renegade 4xe
  • Jeep Renegade 4xe
Driven and reviewed by Electrifying.com・ Published: 7/09/2020・Updated: 14/09/2022

Ginny Says

“The Renegade has always had a bit more honesty about it than other small SUVs. Rather than just being a pumped-up hatchback it does have some real off road ability. By driving one set of wheels with petrol and the other with electric, Jeep has made a hybrid that is efficient and good in the mud.”

Tom Says

“Jeeps with PHEV drivetrains are actually pretty good if you have charge in the battery - electric motivation being most excellent for metering power off road. The problem is that the Renegade has short-ish range for a large-ish battery, and you can’t charge up in the wild. It’s also decidedly average as a road car.”

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Jeep Renegade 4xe

Plug the 4xe in regularly and it will be cheap to run, but it’s an expensive car to buy in the first place.

  • Price:£32,600 - £36,500
  • Full charge cost (at home)::£1.87
  • Company car tax:12% (2020-21)
  • Insurance group:TBC
  • Vehicle warranty:5 years/75,000 miles
  • Battery warranty:8 years 100,000 miles

Pricing

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. 

Running costs 

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.   

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