The Jeep Renegade boasts charming looks and Jeep’s signature off-roading chops. Those who want a unique and fun-loving crossover will appreciate the Renegade for its attention to detail and technology. But we’re often asked, “is the Jeep Renegade quiet?”
Scooting around in the Jeep Renegade
The Renegade is the type of model that’s popular with consumers, but critics don’t favor as much. Jeep’s Renegade competes with other subcompact SUVs like the Honda HR-V and the Nissan Rogue Sport. The Renegade isn’t the sportiest option in its class, but it does stand out for its impressive off-road capability.
For 2021, the Renegade returns with the same powertrain options as the outgoing model. Base models come with a 180-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. The base engine has enough driving power, but it doesn’t earn much praise because of its slow acceleration. In Consumer Reports’ road test, the Renegade took 9.9 seconds to go from 0 to 60 mph.
The Renegade has an available turbocharged 1.3-liter four-cylinder that makes 177-hp. This turbo-four is slightly quicker than the base engine. A nine-speed automatic is standard with both engines. Although, critics like CR don’t consider the Renegade to be remarkably smooth or refined with either powertrain.
Overall, the Renegade is a comfortable ride on paved roads. But as CR highlights, it’s not very quiet. You also might not like the Renegade because of its jitteriness.
“A coarse engine, intrusive wind rush, and plenty of road rumble underfoot make for a noisy ride. Idle vibration with the car in Drive is a further annoyance that courses crudely through the steering wheel.”Consumer Reports
Because of its gruff nature, CR gave the Renegade a three out of five rating for noise. So, noise in the vehicle is noticeable, but not terrible. But if you opt for the Trailhawk trim designed for serious off-roading, your driving experience will be noisier. The Trailhawk model’s off-road tires contribute to the excess clatter.
What else is the Renegade like on the inside?
Aside from the Renegade’s sometimes loud cabin, the crossover is pretty average on the inside. Its seats are fairly accommodating, and cloth upholstery is standard. The Renegade can technically seat up to five, but its lack of extra space makes it more suitable to seat four.
The main highlight of the Renegade on the inside is its in-car tech. Standard infotainment features include a user-friendly 5-inch touchscreen and Bluetooth. It’s worth upgrading the Renegade with the 8.4-inch touchscreen plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity for more tech.
Furthermore, Jeep made more active safety features standard on the 2021 Renegade. Aside from the Trailhawk variant, most Renegade trims come with forward-collision warning and automatic emergency. Other safety features, including blind-spot monitoring, and lane departure warning are standard on each model.
The best version to pick
The 2021 Renegade starts at $22,830. If you have your heart set on getting one, we recommend going with the available turbo-four engine. CR also strongly recommends that you upgrade for the 8.4-inch infotainment system.