The rise in reputation of SUVs of all sizes aligns properly with Jeep’s heritage. Even when the US model largely made a reputation for itself with actual rough-tough off-roaders, the badge is synonymous with SUVs of every kind.
Jeep’s most up-to-date foray into the compact SUV class got here in 2014 with the Renegade. Gross sales have been modest, however the resurgence of petrol energy has given Jeep an opportunity to replace its mannequin with a brand new look and a three-cylinder petrol engine. The latter ought to give the automotive even larger effectivity with out impacting an excessive amount of on the Renegade’s rugged allure.
When the Jeep was first launched, there have been few small SUVs on sale. However now at this measurement and value level the Renegade bhas to face all method of competitors, a lot of which boast deep reserves of expertise.
The SEAT Arona is without doubt one of the many competent compact crossovers now accessible, and with a 1.Zero-litre petrol unit to match the Jeep’s, and its personal character dictated by the good styling, that is one automotive the personality-packed Renegade ought to set its sights on.
|Mannequin:||Jeep Renegade 1.Zero GSE T3 Restricted|
|Engine:||1.Zero-litre 3cyl turbo, 118bhp|
|Check economic system:||37.5mpg/eight.3mpl|
|Annual street tax:||£145|
This GSE T3 120 aligns the Renegade with a gaggle of extra inexpensive, lower-powered petrol rivals than earlier than – so how does the £25,145 Restricted mannequin examine with the SEAT Arona?
Design & engineering
Whereas the Renegade’s Fiat-derived platform is similar as earlier than, it’s the brand new 118bhp 1.Zero-litre three-cylinder turbo engine – additionally shared with Fiat fashions such because the 500X – that’s vital right here. Alongside that energy output, it produces 190Nm of torque, which means it’s 5bhp up however 10Nm down on the SEAT.
These two vehicles aren’t essentially about whole efficiency, although. A rounded mix of capability attracts consumers on this class, and whereas our take a look at automotive’s six-speed handbook transmission solely sends energy to the entrance wheels, the Renegade has been constructed with four-wheel drive in thoughts. Because of this, it has MacPherson strut suspension on the entrance and rear, whereas the SEAT solely will get a torsion-beam again axle.
Technically these fashions are related, however it’s all within the execution, and the Renegade boasts some neat options which have captured the essence of what a Jeep ought to supply. These embody an unique grille and headlight motif on the audio system, and a small Jeep silhouette on the windscreen.
Whereas these factors are minor, they provide the Renegade a way of persona in a category filled with pretty spinoff rivals. The styling, which has been sharpened up with this facelift, carves the Jeep out as one thing totally different, too.
Restricted trim boasts all-round parking sensors, a reversing digital camera, adaptive cruise management, heated leather-based seats, nav, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, so there’s an excellent haul of apparatus. Sadly, the cabin high quality doesn’t match the excessive value. The design is okay, with chunky buttons making options simple to make use of on the transfer, however a few of the plastics and end might be higher. The Arona’s high quality serves to spotlight this.
The expertise on the wheel of the Renegade doesn’t get off to an amazing begin. Partaking first gear with the six-speed handbook factors in direction of a less-than-precise and barely saggy shift motion, which doesn’t enhance as soon as issues are below method. After some preliminary turbo lag, the engine delivers its energy in a lazy, sluggish lump, so the Jeep can appear a bit torpid. Nevertheless it’s pretty refined, and when you get used to the ability supply and gearshift it’s simpler to get a measure of the Renegade, and it turns into extra pleasing to drive.
It’s quick sufficient, too, regardless of that slight lag and lethargy whereas shifting the Jeep’s further mass in contrast with the SEAT. The efficiency deficit to the Arona confirmed in our assessments; the Jeep was 1.2 seconds slower from Zero-60mph, taking 10.four seconds, for instance, whereas the Arona comfortably beat it by half a second or extra in every of our in-gear assessments. Nonetheless, the Renegade by no means feels too gradual.
You may nearly forgive it, as a result of it delivers attraction in different areas. The steering is gradual and mushy, and the automotive wants refined correction on the motorway to maintain it on line, however it’s fast sufficient to maintain tempo with motorway site visitors. And whereas the Renegade is slower than the Arona and nowhere close to as agile, it rides nicely and is comparatively agreeable to journey in. It’s refreshing to really feel a set-up that sacrifices a little bit of dynamism to give attention to consolation, and it’s this aspect that provides to the Jeep’s persona.
Because of its excessive driving place, the Renegade affords fairly respectable visibility. That is helped by massive mirrors, though they do create plenty of wind noise. The Jeep feels deceptively like an enormous SUV, and offers the commanding, protected sensation many consumers are searching for. That’s backed up by loads of security tech, too.
The bluff, boxy styling means there’s a great deal of head and legroom inside – greater than within the Arona, in actual fact – however though the Renegade’s dimensions are bigger than the SEAT’s, the Spanish SUV is healthier packaged in relation to boot area. The Renegade affords solely 351 litres with the rear seats in place, whereas the Arona boasts 400 litres. This a lot baggage room offsets the SEAT’s solely barely smaller again seats.
The Jeep will get an excellent degree of security know-how, with autonomous braking, collision warning and lane-keep help fitted as commonplace. You may add blind-spot warning for £750 as a part of an possibility pack that additionally options rear cross-traffic alert. Whereas the Renegade scored a five-star Euro NCAP score, it was examined in 2014, and requirements are harder now, so you possibly can’t examine it to the Arona immediately. Nonetheless, the additional security tech means the Renegade nonetheless affords good safety.
It’s additionally price mentioning Jeep’s 5-Three-5 package deal, with its five-year guarantee, three years of free servicing and five-year breakdown cowl. SEAT affords three years’ guarantee cowl and breakdown, whereas two years’ servicing prices £384.
The Renegade loses out elsewhere for working prices, as a result of the heavier Jeep was much less environment friendly on our take a look at, returning 37.5mpg to the SEAT’s 41.2mpg. This implies you’ll spend an additional £169 on gas per yr primarily based on these figures, at £1,879 in whole.
If you happen to’re a enterprise person, the much less environment friendly Renegade with its 138g/km of CO2 emissions sits within the 31 per cent Profit-in-Variety tax bracket, in contrast with the 26 per cent group for the 114g/km Arona. It means the identical driver paying tax on the decrease charge must contribute of £1,543 a yr to run the Jeep and simply £1,196 for the SEAT.
“Jeep’s heritage is in off-roading, so when you plan to stray away from the tarmac, it is reassuring to know the Renegade is succesful off-road.”
|Mannequin:||SEAT Arona 1.Zero TSI 115 Xcellence Lux|
|Engine:||1.Zero-litre 3cyl turbo, 113bhp|
|Check economic system:||41.2mpg/9.1mpl|
|Annual street tax:||£145|
The Arona is without doubt one of the greatest crossovers at present on sale, with the packaging and persona – to not point out the powertrain – to match these of the Renegade. Whereas our photos present an FR, we’re testing a top-spec £23,230 Xcellence Lux with the 1.Zero TSI 115 engine.
Design & engineering
We’ve beforehand examined the Renegade towards bigger vehicles such because the Nissan Qashqai, however with the latest swing away from diesel in direction of petrol energy, the addition of the 118bhp three-cylinder Jeep means it now has to struggle off competitors from smaller crossovers boasting related energy, such because the Arona.
The truth is, whereas the engines make related outputs, the size are additionally extremely shut. The SEAT is just 25mm narrower than the Renegade, and the wheelbase is simply 4mm shorter, which implies the same degree of general cabin area, as we’ll see. The Arona is predicated on SEAT’s MQB A0 platform that it inherited from the VW Group, with the 1.Zero-litre triple below the bonnet being a identified amount, too. This produces 113bhp and 200Nm of torque.
Type is essential to consumers of compact SUVs. With that in thoughts, SEAT has created a cool, recent look, as has Jeep. The Arona has just a bit extra personalisation potential, although, as a result of though with the Renegade you possibly can select a black-painted roof and different-coloured wheels, SEAT affords contrasting physique and roof colors with a silver finisher, plus metallic paint is included.
Construct high quality is healthier than within the Jeep, as a result of the SEAT’s cabin feels higher screwed collectively and, in locations, the supplies are additionally plusher, regardless of the worth hole between the 2 vehicles. There are nicer surfaces wherever it issues, whereas the infotainment system is nice.
Xcellence Lux comes with metallic paint, an eight-inch touchscreen full with satellite tv for pc navigation, CarPlay and Android Auto as commonplace, plus a digital dashboard, entrance and rear parking sensors with a reversing digital camera, heated seats, keyless operation and an excellent degree of security gear. The one factor the Arona actually misses out on in contrast with the Jeep is leather-based upholstery – however then, the SEAT is £1,915 cheaper to purchase.
The Arona is undoubtedly a way more succesful automotive than the Renegade. The steering is each faster and extra exact, which implies the SEAT is a bit more enjoyable than the Jeep on the motorway as a result of it doesn’t require fixed consideration to maintain the automotive in your chosen path.
The trip can be extra settled and higher resolved, absorbing bumps with some compliance. Nonetheless, very sharp imperfections do ship the wheels rebounding aggressively. Regardless of this largely snug aspect to the Arona’s trip, there’s additionally extra grip, and it feels direct and corners more durable.
It’s extra refined, too, helped by the three-cylinder engine. The 1.Zero-litre turbocharged petrol unit isn’t precisely filled with character, however it actually delivers the efficiency required. On take a look at, the Zero-60mph dash took 9.2 seconds, the automotive went from 30-70mph by means of the gears in 9.1 seconds, and it accelerated from 50-70mph in fifth gear in eight.7 seconds. This was 1.2, 1.2 and 1.1 seconds sooner than the Jeep respectively.
Whereas the Renegade isn’t insufficient in any given space, however merely barely poor in a couple of, the Arona is the extra competent automotive in just about each facet of dynamic capability.
The Arona’s inside packaging is especially spectacular. The Renegade does have extra general area – significantly in headroom, because of its tall, sq. roofline – but in relation to legroom the benefit shouldn’t be as a lot as you may anticipate.
The SEAT is spacious sufficient, and its boot space affords an extra 49 litres, at 400 litres. The cabin shouldn’t be fairly as simple to get into because the Renegade’s, however entry remains to be good, whereas inside space for storing is helpful, too. There’s a tray in entrance of the gearlever on your telephone – by which the machine fees wirelessly – plus two cup-holders and acceptably sized door bins. The Jeep has varied trays, ledges, bins, cup-holders and different cubbies as nicely, which means it affords a wider vary of storage choices.
SEAT was a mean performer in our most up-to-date Driver Energy owner-satisfaction survey, taking 14th spot in our research. Jeep didn’t characteristic within the general desk, however its sellers did rank particularly nicely with house owners, as a result of they completed fifth. SEAT’s official community might handle solely 23rd place, which was close to the underside of the desk.
The Arona has sufficient security tech to match the Renegade’s, with autonomous braking, adaptive cruise, all-round parking sensors and a rear-view digital camera, blind-spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert. It scored a five-star Euro NCAP score in 2017.
You may try PCP offers for the Arona on the precise, and examine them with the Jeep’s, however for money consumers the SEAT will maintain on to more cash after three years or 36,000 miles, based on our consultants. The residual worth needs to be round 45.6 per cent, which equates to £10,600 and depreciation of £12,630. The Jeep can’t match this; our consultants predict it’ll maintain on to solely 38.2 per cent, which works out at £9,600 in money phrases. Meaning depreciation of £15,545.
“The way in which SEAT buildings its trim vary means there are only a few choices. It’s a disgrace, as a result of including options such because the digital sprint to sure different trim ranges could be interesting.”
First place: SEAT Arona
The Arona is the higher automotive of the 2 on take a look at in just about each respect. It’s cheaper than the Renegade to purchase (and will get solely rather less package), affords extra boot area and almost as a lot passenger room, it’s sooner, extra refined, extra snug, higher to drive and feels extra hi-tech, too. It’s not fairly as particular person, however it does present how versatile small crossovers could be.
Second place: Jeep Renegade
The Renegade is improved with this 1.Zero engine, as a result of there’s simply sufficient punch, a good degree of consolation and loads of area. The package spec is beneficiant, too, however it’s the best way Jeep has captured actual character and injected it into the automotive that we like. In the end, the Renegade is pricier and extra pricey to run than the Arona, and never as quick, economical or snug, however it’s a likeable little SUV.
Mannequin: Skoda Karoq 1.5 TSI 150 SE L
Engine: 1.5-litre 4cyl, 148bhp
The Karoq reveals how comparatively dear the Jeep is. For just a bit extra (and possibly much less a month) you may get a equally specced, way more sensible and extra highly effective household SUV with as much as 588 litres of bags room.
Mannequin: Mazda CX-5 2.Zero SE-L Nav+
Engine: 2.Zero-litre 4cyl, 163bhp
This price range will get you into a virtually new CX-5 in nicely geared up SE-L Nav+ trim. As with the Karoq, it’s extra premium and sensible, and for this price range it is going to have lined hardly any miles. It received’t be as environment friendly, however it drives sweetly.