2019 Fiat 500L vs. 2019 Jeep Renegade

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the 500L and the Renegade have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available rear parking sensors.

Warranty

The 500L comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes free 24-hour roadside assistance. The Renegade’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

Reliability

The Fiat 500L’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the Renegade’s engines use an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

Engine

The 500L’s 1.4 turbo 4 cyl. produces 9 lbs.-ft. more torque (184 vs. 175) than the Renegade’s optional 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Fiat 500L is faster than the Jeep Renegade 4 cyl.:

 

500L

Renegade

Zero to 60 MPH

8.8 sec

9.1 sec

Quarter Mile

16.8 sec

17 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

84.3 MPH

80 MPH

Brakes and Stopping

The 500L’s brakes have 20% more swept area (the area covered by the brake pads) than the Renegade (578 vs. 480.94 square inches), so the 500L has more braking power available.

The 500L stops much shorter than the Renegade:

 

500L

Renegade

 

70 to 0 MPH

169 feet

181 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

121 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

The 500L Pop’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Renegade’s standard 65 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

The 500L has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Renegade’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the 500L’s wheelbase is 1.6 inches longer than on the Renegade (102.8 inches vs. 101.2 inches).

The 500L Lounge handles at .82 G’s, while the Renegade Latitude 4x4 pulls only .74 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The 500L Trekking executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Renegade Trailhawk 4x4 (28.2 seconds @ .58 average G’s vs. 29 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the 500L’s turning circle is 3 feet tighter than the Renegade Trailhawk 4x4’s (32.3 feet vs. 35.3 feet). The 500L’s turning circle is 4 feet tighter than the Renegade’s (32.3 feet vs. 36.3 feet).

Chassis

The design of the Fiat 500L amounts to more than styling. The 500L offers aerodynamic coefficients of drag from .31 to .32 Cd (depending on bodystyle and options). That is significantly lower than the Renegade (.35 to .37) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the 500L get better fuel mileage.

For excellent aerodynamics, the 500L has standard flush composite headlights. The Renegade has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.

Passenger Space

The 500L has 1.8 inches more front hip room, 1.4 inches more front shoulder room and 1.6 inches more rear legroom than the Renegade.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the 500L’s rear seats recline. The Renegade’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The 500L has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Renegade with its rear seat up (22.4 vs. 18.5 cubic feet). The 500L has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Renegade with its rear seat folded (68 vs. 50.8 cubic feet).

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the 500L easier. The 500L’s trunk lift-over height is 25.9 inches, while the Renegade’s liftover is 30.2 inches.

Ergonomics

The 500L’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Renegade’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

The 500L’s speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Renegade Sport/Latitude’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Consumer Reports rated the 500L’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the Renegade’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

The 500L has standard power remote mirrors. The Renegade only comes with remote mirrors at extra cost. Without them the driver will have to roll down the windows and reach across the car to adjust the mirrors.

The 500L’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Jeep charges extra for heated mirrors on the Renegade.

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