The Jeep Renegade has been named 4x4 Magazine's 4x4 of the Year 2017, retaining the crown for the second year in a row.
Jeep says it is rapidly growing in popularity on Europe’s roads, and is hugely capable off them resulting in excellent 2016 sales and numerous awards.
In this latest recognition, the off-road driving publication's panel of judges was unable to find a contender capable of taking away the Jeep Renegade's 4x4 of the Year crown. Excellent on-road, the range-topping Trailhawk version also outshone rivals on 4x4 Magazine's tough off-road evaluation course.
"Since winning last year, we are now seeing many more Renegades on the roads across Europe," says Nigel Fryatt, 4x4 Magazine editor. "Admittedly, not all of them are Trailhawk versions, and some are front-wheel drive, yet that merely underlines the importance of this small SUV.
"The Renegade range is comprehensive and every owner is getting a well built, well equipped and surprisingly spacious small SUV. Those that choose four-wheel drive options get a lot more, with the Trailhawk version the absolute master."
In the same awards, the Renegade won the mid-range SUV category, the legendary Jeep Wrangler took the 'hardcore' class for the fifth consecutive year, and the Jeep Cherokee won the top-range SUV group.
Damien Dally, head of brand at Jeep UK and Ireland, says growing sales, continual good reports from the media and thousands of "happy customers" confirms Jeep has a winning product in Renegade. "The verdict of expert panellists, such as those at 4x4 Magazine, confirms that view. I am delighted Renegade has been crowned 4x4 of the Year for the second year running."
The Jeep Renegade range starts at €22,950 on-the-road for the 1.6E-TorQ 110hp sport.