2016 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk
When it went out on the market in 2016, Jeep avid fans questioned if a sub-compact unit should be branded under the name of the automaker which specialized in developing vehicles with pure off-road capabilities. And given that Patriot and Compass weren’t quite successful, the skepticism was well sustained. However, the Renegade seems to have broken out of the pattern, providing a great combination of city comfort and off-road settings.
Body & trims
There are four trim levels available for the 2016 Jeep Renegade: Sport, Latitude, Limited and the top-end Trailhawk. On the standard model, Jeep fitted 16-inch wheels along with keyless entry system, electric windows and remote controlled locks. On the inside, the driver seat is height-adjustable and covered in cloth. The wheel can be tilted and extended or retracted. Entertainment is ensured through a 4-speaker audio system that can be connected to a smartphone or mp3 player through an auxiliary jack or USB port.
The Trailhawk trim, unlike its lower counterparts, is highly oriented towards off-roading. This is why it comes with a 4WD system and trail options: hill descent control, increased suspension and ground clearance, all-terrain tires (on 17” wheels) and full-size spare wheel. On the inside, the driver info screen has been reworked, the gearshift knob has been covered in leather and the premium cloth upholstery has been accented with red stitching. Optionally, the buyer can choose any of the features from the Limited trim (Uconnect Access, 6.5-inch touchscreen) as optional packages, for an added price.
The Trailhawk trim benefits from a four cylinder, 2.4 liter engine that outputs 180hp and 1237 Nm of torque. In real life testing, Trailhawk trim managed to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 9.7 seconds, which is a tad worse than the segment average. Being 90kg lighter, the Latitude trim featuring the same specs managed to score 9 seconds on the acceleration test.
All Jeep Renegade Trailhawk and Limited units are connected to a standard 9-speed automatic gearbox. This transmission consumes 10.5 liters / 100 km, while when paired with the 2.4-liter unit it rises to 11.3 liters / 100k. Even so, given we are talking about a car that should be able to go over rocks and through mud; these values are more than decent.
Jeep Renegade Trailhawk benefits from a low-speed gearing designed to aid in off-road conditions as well as an extra-drive mode, for the very same purpose.
Although the output values of the two available engine units are close to each other, the smaller cylinder block (1.4-liter) delivers power in a smoother way, while the 2.4 liter engine roars through coarse accelerations. Also, the torque provided at lower RPM values makes the bigger engine a more preferred option for those interested in what a Jeep is designed to do: go off the road.
The Trailhawk trim pushes the height by 4 cm compared to the Sport version, although it doesn’t affect the center of gravity too much. The Renegade never feels unstable although some leaning and bumps are felt during sudden changes of direction. On the overall, the 2016 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk feels easy to drive in the city, and sprints in front of every competitor when the road ends.