2020 Jeep Renegade vs. 2019 Fiat 500X

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Safety

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When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Renegade Trailhawk’s standard Hill-descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The 500X doesn’t offer Hill-descent Control.

Both the Renegade and the 500X have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front and rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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Jeep’s powertrain warranty covers the Renegade 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Fiat covers the 500X. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the 500X 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 20 points higher than the 500X.

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 standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 3 more horsepower (180 vs. 177) than the 500X’s 1.3 turbo 4 cyl.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Renegade stops shorter than the 500X:

Renegade

500X

70 to 0 MPH

158 feet

163 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

114 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

133 feet

146 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Renegade’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the 500X (225/55R18 vs. 215/60R17).

The Renegade Latitude/Limited’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the 500X AWD Trekking/Trekking Plus’ optional 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Renegade Latitude/Limited offers optional 19-inch wheels. The 500X’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

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 500X, 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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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 500X doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Renegade Sport 4x4 handles at .79 G’s, while the 500X pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Renegade Trailhawk 4x4’s turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the 500X’s (35.3 feet vs. 36.3 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Renegade has a greater minimum ground clearance than the 500X (8 vs. 7.9 inches), allowing the Renegade to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Renegade Trailhawk’s minimum ground clearance is .8 inch higher than on the 500X (8.7 vs. 7.9 inches).

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 500X doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

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The Renegade has 8.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the 500X (100.1 vs. 91.7).

The Renegade has 2 inches more front headroom, 1.6 inches more front shoulder room, 2.7 inches more rear headroom, .3 inches more rear legroom and 2.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the 500X.

Cargo Capacity

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The Renegade has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the 500X with its rear seat up (18.5 vs. 12.2 cubic feet). The Renegade has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the 500X with its rear seat folded (50.8 vs. 32.1 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Renegade easier. The Renegade’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 30.2 inches, while the 500X’s liftover is 31.4 inches.

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

Towing

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Maximum trailer towing in the Fiat 500X is limited to 1000 pounds. The Renegade 4x4 offers up to a 2000 lbs. towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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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 500X doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Renegade offers an optional center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The 500X doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the Renegade has standard rear heat vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The 500X doesn’t offer rear vents.

The Renegade (except Sport) offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The 500X doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

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 500X doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Model Availability

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The Renegade is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The 500X doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Renegade is less expensive to operate than the 500X because typical repairs cost much less on the Renegade than the 500X, including $79 less for a water pump, $278 less for fuel injection, $192 less for a fuel pump and $247 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Jeep Renegade will be $987 to $4389 less than for the Fiat 500X.

Recommendations

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Car and Driver performed a comparison test in its September 2015 issue and they ranked the Jeep Renegade Latitude 4x4 higher than the Fiat 500X.

The Jeep Renegade outsold the Fiat 500X by almost 19 to one during 2018.

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