We’ve long had a soft spot for the Jeep Renegade. It’s one of the few small SUV things with some genuine character, its cute, kinda-retro stylings (inside and out) helping us overlook some rough edges and a lack of tech compared to some of its many, many rivals.
Telling one apart from a regular gasoline- or diesel-powered Renegade is no mean feat, and you’ll be best either looking for its 4xe badge or having a quick peek at both sides to see if there are two filler caps.
Those allow the refuelling of its two power sources, a 1.3-liter turbopetrol turning the front wheels—available with 128hp or 178hp depending on spec—and an electric motor at the rear axle, with 59hp and 149Nm, yielding total outputs of 187hp or 237hp depending on which version you’ve picked. Jeep claims 42km of electric-only range (with an 130kph top speed) and a 7.5sec 0-100kph time (and 200kph top speed) when both power sources combine.
As is typical in PHEVs, you can flick between various hybrid, EV, and battery-save modes at will, with regenerative braking working away behind the scenes to help keep the 11.4kWh, 400V lithium-ion battery healthy.
The pack itself is mounted beneath the rear seats, allowing 330 liters of cargo space, down about 10% on standard. You can still pack a spare wheel, too, which—while unfashionable nowadays—might be useful if you’re going to use your Renegade properly.
Because you can. It retains all of the stock car’s off-road ability—meaning no, it won’t fry its electronics when you’re wading through small rivers. As we’re sure you often do. All trim levels have four-wheel drive, all use a six-speed automatic gearbox, and Jeep is keen to point out that having an electric motor powering the rear wheels makes its various 4x4 trickery even smarter. The 4xe retains a wealth of modes—Sport, Snow, Sand, Mud, Rock and the like—and there’s hill descent control, too.
How many 4xe buyers will utilize all that, we don’t know. Perhaps more useful to know is you can fully charge its battery in around five hours at home with Jeep’s ‘easy wallbox’ that’ll connect your Renegade to a regular mains outlet, or less than two hours if you get a fancier, fast charging ’box at home.
Prices start at £32,600 (P2.02 million). Would you be tempted?
NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.