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Hi everyone!

I'm living in France - already a Jeep owner (old Wrangler) and looking for a small SUV to do long distances with (2000km a month) and also have fun for camping/adventure on the weekends with the kids.

I completely disregarded the Renegade at first (just a FIAT in disguise!) but since test driving this week I've fallen in love with the vehicle. For me it was mainly the aesthetics to get used to; once I realized the real Jeep in it, it's game over for me. :)

So, now, I have some tough decisions to make. Color, model, all of that. Trailhawk model is out of the question here as it's 35,000K euro (nice markup!). I don't get the pleasure of going to a dealer and having them help me find my perfect Jeep. It's more like "know what you want, then search the country for someone selling that". C'est la vie... :)

So the good news is that there is a cool new limited series Jeep hanging around in France: Night Eagle. http://www.carscoops.com/2016/01/special-jeep-renegade-night-eagle.html

The color is fantastic. The wheels are indeed too small, but can change that in a year or two when it's time for a tire change.

Engine: this is the big question. It's easy to find the 1.6L FWD, and they're 3K cheaper.

The 2.0L is attainable, but I'm unsure of the actual value.

Question: the 2.0L is 100kg heavier, and adds 20hp. Assuming the Jeep is fully loaded - will there be much difference between the 1.6L and 2.0L engines?

Aside from the 4x4 functionality - yay or nay on 2.0L over the 1.6L? :)

Thanks in advance!
 

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Hi - I test drove the 2.0L 4x4, and 1.6L FWD back-to-back - and then borrowed each one for a couple of days as well.

In my experience, the performance was pretty much the same - or at least, not noticeably different, but the FWD was much less thirsty.

I opted for the FWD, and spent the extra money the 4x4 would have cost, kitting it with extra options.
 

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Hi - I test drove the 2.0L 4x4, and 1.6L FWD back-to-back - and then borrowed each one for a couple of days as well.

In my experience, the performance was pretty much the same - or at least, not noticeably different, but the FWD was much less thirsty.

I opted for the FWD, and spent the extra money the 4x4 would have cost, kitting it with extra options.
Hi Julian,

Thanks for the quick reply.

Quote for the 4x4 is 2.5k more than the 4x2, but yes the fuel efficiency is what I'm most worried about.

Any specifics on the fuel usage? Paper says .7L more per 100km, but can never trust that. 1-2L more per hundred with 25000km a year would be 300-500euro more running costs a year.

Thanks again.

Dan
 

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Sorry only had the 2 cars for a few days, but 30 litres of diesel in the 4x2 lasted 300 miles - and nearer 250 in the 4x4 - like for like - not very scientific!
 

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Hi I've got my Renegade 2.0l 140 PS diesel 4wd on the weekend. So I have no good data regarding fuel consumption.
But from my experience with other cars I can tell you that the driving style and turned on amenities (like the A/C) can make a huge differnece in fuel consumption.


I like the 2.0l 140 PS diesel. It's a good compromise between costs and getting power to the wheels when needed.
 

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I made a test drive with the 1.6, but I have bought the 2.0 4x4 AT9Low. I decided for the 2.0 because I wanted an automatic gear box, otherwise I would have chosen the 1.6 engine. After 9 month and 35000km fuel consumption is at 6.9L/100km, the 1.6 was about 1 Liter less on the test ride.
 

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I test drove a 1.6 and after looking on the internet most test drivers said the 2.0 was smoother so I have bought a 2.0 4x4 manual longitude to be fare it was the price that sold it to me I hit on lucky and got a brand new 1 off deal Omaha orange one for £18750 list price is £25000 in the uk so for me it was a no brainer .as for fuel after running my old petrol for 11 years and getting no more than 32mpg max it will probably keep looking a fuel gauge for the first month thinking its broke.
 

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I have had my 2.0 4wd Diesel for nearly 2 years and 21000 miles. I live in the UK and also in France. The 2.0litre engine not only has an increase in horsepower but also in torque (10%). I find the torque increase more important than the bhp improvement. For me, the maximum torque the better -easier to drive, less strain on the engine, and depending on conditions and driving style potentially the best fuel consumption.
I need 4wd , and having had 4wd in other cars, the system in the renegade is the best yet. Hope that helps.
 

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I got an 2.0 140hk stickshifter 4x4 Diesel Limited.
My fuel consumption are around 7.1 at the moment according to my onboard computer, mostly city driving to and from work (5-10min drive) at 50 km/h.
My reflections of the engine and gearbox are
-No rocket but its enough, sometimes i wish for the 170hk version.
-6th gear could be a little more "overdrive" but overall its good gear ratios.

Im on my studded winter tires and mostly uses 4wd when driving to work in the mornings (wintertime = funtime)
 

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Hello,
I own a Limited 4x4 automatic (diesel). I bought the Rene in August 2015.
I have now around 40000 km on it and my consumption is 5,7 L / 100 km. I can easely do 800 km with a full tank. Most of the time on motorways.

Grtz.
 
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