Give their verdicts on Jeep’s new entry-level model
he number of Jeeps on the UAE’s roads could be about to grow, following the launch of the firm’s new entry-level model, the Renegade. With a starting price of just under Dhs70,000, the crossover is about Dhs50,000 less than a Wrangler yet Jeep says the Renegade is true to the brand’s “adventurous lifestyle and 4x4 capability”. So, we decided to put that to the test by asking husband and wife team Simon and Kristina Pluckrose, who own a Jeep Wrangler, to each drive the Renegade and give their verdicts. The couple were handed the keys to the trail-rated Trailhawk model, which has a souped up spec – such as raised ride height, 17in wheels and increased wheel articulation, for better off-roading. However, the Trailhawk is still powered by the same 2.4litre engine and nine-speed automatic gearbox. Now, the Pluckroses may not always agree on everything, but they were unanimous about the gearbox – it’s pretty frustrating.
Simon said: “Nine speeds is great for fuel economy but means that the revs are so low the engine feels sluggish. However, if you slip it into manual then you realise there’s actually a really good engine under the bonnet.”
The couple also agreed the interior is well designed and spacious, although they were split on the exterior, with Simon liking the quirky look while Kristina called it “boxy”.
Kristina, though, whose day car is a Ford Escape, was impressed with the size of the boot.
The couple did agree the car was priced about right.
Kristina said: “Some of the price comes with the brand… think Renault Duster at about Dhs50,000, but given the quality of the Renegade, it is value for money.”