If you are considering the 2017 Jeep Renegade and the Nissan Juke there is surely one vehicle that stands out as being the obvious choice, isn’t there?
Both the Jeep Renegade and the Nissan Juke fall into the same category or small SUV. However, they are both very different. The Renegade is the smallest from Jeep among the SUVs and the Juke is an urban warrior with plenty of style with all-wheel drive.
The seating in the Jeep Renegade is comfortable, but the space in the back is a little tight. The Nissan Juke offers superb styling but then you will either fall in love with it or hate it on sight. It has been given a restyle for 2015 and it looks meaner than ever. There are plenty of colourful inserts and nylon upholstery that is nylon. The Juke has great interior space in the front and the rear is a little on the cramped side.
There are two choices of engine for the Jeep Renegade, the entry level is the 160 horsepower turbocharged 1.4 litre with 4-cylinders and 6 speed manual. There is also the 2.4 litre inline 4 offering 180 horses and 9 speed automatic transmission. Front wheel drive comes as standard but there is all-wheel drive optional.
The Nissan juke has the 1.6 litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine offering 188 horses and is offered in front wheel drive or all-wheel drive and CVT. The CVT can be sluggish when driving around town and you may wish to go for the Juke Nismo or Nismo RS, both of which offer manual gears. The RS is top of the line offering the same engine with a boost to offer 215 horses.
The safety ratings of the Nissan Juke are somewhat mixed and the Jeep Renegade also suffers the same, having obtained a four star rating from NHTSA.
The 2017 Jeep Renegade is offered with four trims, the Sport is the entry level at $19,000 for the 2WD, there is the Lattitude in the middle and at the top of the range is the Limited at over $26, 000, if you want all wheel drive it is $2,000 more.
The Nissan Juke comes in at $22,000 at the entry level and goes up to $30,000 for the top of the range Nismo. The entry level comes with plenty of tech but the Jeep Renegade comes out slightly ahead.
Out of the two we think that the Jeep Renegade is the one to go for and the Nissan Juke is past its best. But which would you choose?