2019 Volvo V60 vs. 2018 Jeep Renegade

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Volvo V60 have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Jeep Renegade doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

Both the V60 and Renegade have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The V60 has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The Renegade’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The V60 Inscription has standard CTA Auto Brake that use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Renegade doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The V60 offers an optional 360° Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Renegade only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

The V60’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Renegade doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the V60 and the Renegade have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front-wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

The Volvo V60 weighs 423 to 1146 pounds more than the Jeep Renegade. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

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The V60 comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Renegade’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The V60’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the Renegade’s (12 vs. 5 years).

Volvo pays for scheduled maintenance on the V60 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. Volvo will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Jeep doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Renegade.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Volvo vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Volvo 22nd in reliability. With 26 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 28th.

Engine

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The V60 T5’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 90 more horsepower (250 vs. 160) and 74 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 184) than the Renegade’s standard 1.4 turbo 4 cyl. The V60 T5’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 70 more horsepower (250 vs. 180) and 83 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 175) than the Renegade’s optional 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The V60 T6’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 136 more horsepower (316 vs. 180) and 120 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 175) than the Renegade’s optional 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the V60 T6 AWD 4 cyl. gets better fuel mileage than the Renegade 4x4 4 cyl. (21 city/31 hwy vs. 21 city/29 hwy).

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the V60’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Renegade doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The V60 FWD’s standard fuel tank has 1.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the Renegade (14.5 vs. 12.7 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The V60 AWD’s standard fuel tank has 3.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Renegade (15.9 vs. 12.7 gallons).

Transmission

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The Volvo V60 comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Renegade.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the V60’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Renegade:

 

V60 T5

V60 T6/T8

Renegade

Front Rotors

12.7 inches

13.6 inches

12 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

12.6 inches

10.95 inches

The V60’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Renegade are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels

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For better ride, handling and brake cooling the V60 has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Renegade. The V60’s optional 19-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels optional on the Renegade.

Suspension and Handling

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The V60 offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The Renegade’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the V60’s wheelbase is 11.9 inches longer than on the Renegade (113.1 inches vs. 101.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the V60 is 2.4 inches wider in the front and 2.4 inches wider in the rear than on the Renegade.

Chassis

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The V60 is 10.3 inches shorter in height than the Renegade, making the V60 much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

For excellent aerodynamics, the V60 has standard flush composite headlights. The Renegade has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.

Passenger Space

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The V60 has 1.1 inches more front legroom, 2.2 inches more front hip room, .2 inches more front shoulder room, .1 inches more rear legroom and 1.5 inches more rear hip room than the Renegade.

Cargo Capacity

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The V60 has a much larger cargo area than the Renegade with its rear seat up (23.2 vs. 18.5 cubic feet).

The V60’s cargo area is larger than the Renegade’s in every dimension:

 

V60

Renegade

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

40.7”/71.7”

28.9”/59”

Min Width

40.9”

37.6”

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the V60 Inscription’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Renegade doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the V60 has a standard power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button, or optionally by just waving your foot, completely leaving your hands free. The Renegade doesn’t offer a power liftgate.

Towing

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The V60’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Renegade’s (2000 vs. 0 pounds).

Ergonomics

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When three different drivers share the V60, the memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for all three. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver and front passenger’s seat positions and outside mirror angle. The Renegade doesn’t offer a memory system.

The V60 offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Renegade doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The V60’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 V60’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Renegade Sport/Latitude’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the V60 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Renegade doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The V60 offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Renegade doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The V60 has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The automatic headlight on/off feature is not available on the Renegade Sport.

The Renegade Latitude/Limited/Trailhawk’s cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The V60’s optional adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.

The V60 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.

When the V60 with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Renegade’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The V60 offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Renegade offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Both the V60 and the Renegade offer available heated front seats. The V60 also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Renegade.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the V60 keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Renegade doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

The V60 has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the Renegade.

Both the V60 and the Renegade offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the V60 has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Renegade doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the V60, connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily. Bluetooth costs extra on the Renegade.

The V60’s optional Park Assist Pilot can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Renegade doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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