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Its that time, reviews are beginning to trickle in, but what do they have to say for themselves?

For one, the Renegade is certainly an attention generating piece of machinery. Now whether this is a function of its newness or an actual distinction it makes out on the pavement remains to be seen.

But if our 440-mile tour up and down the Alps of Tyrol and Salzburg is anything to go by, the public loves the latest bantam SUV. Our 2015 Jeep Renegade Limited certainly garnered plenty of smartphone attention and thumbs up.
Driving position is straight up which should be pleasing to segment shoppers who may or may not place ingress/egress and visibility as top end priorities.

Since beauty is in the eye of the beholder, we’ll give facts priority over feelings and start by noting the oddball packaging. The driving position is rather van-like, with the faraway base of the upright windshield creating a deep dashboard.
If you we're curious you can man handle your Renegade like a 911 and live to tell the tale. Not an endorsement or recommendation, your mileage may vary.

Next on the list was Pass Thurn, which deserves a Porsche 911 but made do with the much more humble Renegade. Giving its all, the Jeep yodeled through the ultra-fast corners with enough body roll to make our poor passenger reach repeatedly for the grab handle. Although it was shod with soft snow tires, the Renegade held the road remarkably well. Better still, it didn’t understeer excessively, didn’t suffer from fits of liftoff squirreliness, and, with stability control switched off, was actually quite tweakable via throttle, steering, and courage.
Those of you interested in the manuals should be pleased, reports laud its crispness and spacing.

We never wished for the available nine-speed automatic, as the six-speed stick features well-spaced ratios, commendably light shift action, and reasonably short throws.
Its a Jeep but it will get stuck. Perhaps not in the most innocuous situations, but the lack of ground clearance will likely be felt for many in the snow belt.

It’s doubtful, though, that the Trailhawk’s extra eight-tenths of an inch would have helped us when snow halted our progress not once but twice. The first was photographer-induced and made the car sink to its belly on what looked like packed snow but was more like deep powder. The second situation involved a snowdrift that appeared manageable but was so hard and tall that the Jeep got stuck again, spinning all four wheels like a silver guinea pig scrambling for shelter.
Granted thats not to say the Renegade is incapable, just that its no Wrangler, which you knew, but you know what, isn't that a good thing?

The 2015 Jeep Renegade is a proper all-terrain SUV that will safely make it to your favorite ski slope or the to far end of the beach. But unlike the body-on-frame Wrangler, it’s not a compromised on-road vehicle that punishes its occupants with a deafening noise level, a sadistic ride, and third-rate creature comforts.
 

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Willy, great thread, great article, overall good review, thanks.

Here are two concerns that hopefully get fixed in the U.S. version:

the front differential did grind in loud protest through left-hand bends
and—at the foot of a pass—the sizzling brakes coated the wheels with a layer of charcoal powder.
 
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Willy, great thread, great article, overall good review, thanks.

Here are two concerns that hopefully get fixed in the U.S. version:
fortunately issues like that shouldn't disrupt sales too much as it will be the enthusiasts and people who work to be well informed that know about this and wait for it to be addressed before moving forward.
 

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Willy, great thread, great article, overall good review, thanks.

Here are two concerns that hopefully get fixed in the U.S. version:
Remember that Testers were stupid Austrian Morons that don´t know how to treat a 4x4 right ... just journalists who wanted to see if the renegade is idiot proof anyway ... you can blow every brake when speeding down at full throttle and throwing the ancor for a full stop in every curve ... :x;):D>:D
 

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and—at the foot of a pass—the sizzling brakes coated the wheels with a layer of charcoal powder.


I could understand this statement if the Renegade that was tested was equipped with an automatic but vehicle had a manual transmission Clearly this guy had no idea how to drive a manual or how to use the engine to do much of the braking.
 

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As far as i wrote in the original article those Morons drove a 6 Speed manual 4x4 Diesel Multijet 2.0 ... ;):D>:D
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We never wished for the available nine-speed automatic, as the six-speed stick features well-spaced ratios, commendably light shift action, and reasonably short throws.
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I don't think anyone is expecting the Renegade to be such a great off-roader that it never gets tuck ever. That is unreasonable of any vehicle, let alone the Renegade that isn't exactly the peak of off-road vehicles. I hope reviews are able to comment on the off-road capabilities without making it seem like the Renegade is a disappointment in that measure.
 

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Remember that Testers were stupid Austrian Morons that don´t know how to treat a 4x4 right ... just journalists who wanted to see if the renegade is idiot proof anyway ... you can blow every brake when speeding down at full throttle and throwing the ancor for a full stop in every curve ... :x;):D>:D
Those aussies we're probably wondering what driving one with a V8 would be like the whole time they were testing one of these :D
 

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The frenchies didn't seem to have issue descending..

The small crossover makes prowess especially on muddy terrain on which it turns almost like a Wrangler reduction in terms of ability to cross. Mode "Mud" on and locked 4X4, he easily allowed us to climb a steep road made slippery by rain. Not being together, we rechignions from the face, and then we have relied to a system designed for that ... Managing skating and two axles with differential lock can be mounted without any real difficulty. Stunning even for a compact SUV, known for most of his clients to climb snowy passes the worst roads in the season of winter sports. When descending, just keep the first report, put some brakes to control the pace if necessary, and here we are at the bottom without getting scared.
 
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