2020 Jeep Renegade vs. 2019 Fiat 500L

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Jeep Renegade are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Fiat 500L doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The Renegade Sport/Latitude/Limited offers an optional Active Braking, which uses forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The 500L doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The Renegade offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The 500L doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The Renegade Sport/Latitude/Limited’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The 500L doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Renegade Sport/Latitude/Limited offers optional ParkSense to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or, optionally, in front of the vehicle. The 500L doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

To help make backing safer, the Renegade’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The 500L doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Renegade Latitude/Trailhawk/Limited offers optional SiriusXM Guardian, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The 500L doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Renegade and the 500L 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 blind spot warning systems.

Warranty

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Jeep’s powertrain warranty covers the Renegade 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Fiat covers the 500L. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the 500L ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 6 times as many Jeep dealers as there are Fiat dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Renegade’s warranty.

Reliability

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A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Renegade’s reliability 17 points higher than the 500L.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Jeep vehicles are more reliable than Fiat vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Jeep 24th in reliability. With 82 more problems per 100 vehicles, Fiat is ranked 31st.

Engine

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The Renegade’s optional 1.3 turbo 4 cyl. produces 17 more horsepower (177 vs. 160) and 26 lbs.-ft. more torque (210 vs. 184) than the 500L’s 1.4 turbo 4 cyl. The Renegade’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 20 more horsepower (180 vs. 160) than the 500L’s 1.4 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the Jeep Renegade 4 cyl. is faster than the Fiat 500L:

Renegade

500L

Zero to 30 MPH

3 sec

3.5 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8.8 sec

8.9 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

9.2 sec

9.5 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

4.5 sec

4.6 sec

Quarter Mile

16.8 sec

16.9 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Renegade FWD turbo 4 cyl. gets better fuel mileage than the 500L (24 city/32 hwy vs. 22 city/30 hwy).

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Renegade (except 2.4-liter)’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 500L doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Transmission

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A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Jeep Renegade, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the 500L.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Renegade stops much shorter than the 500L:

Renegade

500L

70 to 0 MPH

158 feet

169 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

114 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

133 feet

138 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Renegade has larger standard tires than the 500L (215/65R16 vs. 205/55R16).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Renegade Latitude/Limited offers optional 19-inch wheels. The 500L’s largest wheels are only 17-inches.

The Jeep Renegade’s wheels have 5 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Fiat 500L only has 4 wheel lugs per wheel.

The Renegade offers an optional full size spare tire so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare isn’t available on the 500L, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which has mileage and speed limitations, or roadside assistance and a tow-truck.

Suspension and Handling

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For superior ride and handling, the Jeep Renegade has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Fiat 500L has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

The Renegade has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Renegade flat and controlled during cornering. The 500L’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The Renegade’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The 500L doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Renegade Latitude 4x4 handles at .78 G’s, while the 500L Lounge pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Chassis

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The front grille of the Renegade (except Trailhawk) uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The 500L doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Renegade Limited 4x4 is quieter than the 500L Lounge:

Renegade

500L

At idle

41 dB

45 dB

Full-Throttle

74 dB

79 dB

70 MPH Cruising

69 dB

70 dB

Passenger Space

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The Renegade has .4 inches more front headroom, 1.2 inches more front legroom, 1.8 inches more rear headroom, 2.5 inches more rear hip room and .5 inches more rear shoulder room than the 500L.

Cargo Capacity

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A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Renegade. The 500L doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Towing

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The Renegade 4x4 2.4 4 cyl. offers up to a 2000 lbs. towing capacity. The 500L has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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The Renegade offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The 500L doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Renegade’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The 500L has a lever-type parking brake that has to be strenuously raised to engage properly. It has to be lifted up more and a button depressed to release it.

Pushbutton Start standard on the Renegade allows you to start the engine without removing a key from pocket or purse (optional Keyless Enter-N-Go will also allow unlocking the driver’s door and cargo door without taking your keys out). The Fiat 500L doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

The Renegade’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The 500L’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Renegade has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the 500L only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

The Renegade offers an optional automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. The 500L doesn’t offer automatic headlights.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Renegade detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The 500L doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the Renegade offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The 500L doesn’t offer cornering lights.

On extremely cold winter days, the Renegade’s optional (except Sport) heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The 500L doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Renegade Latitude/Limited offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The 500L doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

The Renegade’s optional Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The 500L doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages

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The Renegade will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Renegade will retain 45.96% to 48.34% of its original price after five years, while the 500L only retains 33.82% to 34.96%.

Recommendations

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The Jeep Renegade outsold the Fiat 500L by almost 69 to one during 2018.

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