2020 Jeep Renegade vs. 2019 Kia Niro

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Safety

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

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 Niro 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 Niro have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available 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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The Renegade’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Niro runs out after 100,000 miles.

There are over 3 times as many Jeep dealers as there are Kia dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Renegade’s warranty.

Engine

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The Renegade’s optional 1.3 turbo 4 cyl. produces 38 more horsepower (177 vs. 139) and 15 lbs.-ft. more torque (210 vs. 195) than the Niro’s 1.6 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid. The Renegade’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 41 more horsepower (180 vs. 139) than the Niro’s 1.6 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid.

As tested in Motor Trend the Jeep Renegade 4 cyl. is faster than the Kia Niro:

Renegade

Niro

Zero to 60 MPH

9 sec

9.9 sec

Quarter Mile

16.9 sec

17.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

80.8 MPH

80.3 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Renegade has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Niro doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling 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 Niro.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Renegade

Niro

Front Rotors

12 inches

11 inches

Rear Rotors

10.95 inches

10.3 inches

The Renegade stops much shorter than the Niro:

Renegade

Niro

60 to 0 MPH

114 feet

138 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

133 feet

152 feet

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Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Renegade has larger standard tires than the Niro (215/65R16 vs. 205/60R16).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Renegade Latitude/Limited offers optional 19-inch wheels. The Niro’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 Niro, 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 has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Niro doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

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 Niro doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

Chassis

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The Renegade is 4.9 inches shorter than the Niro, making the Renegade easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

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 Niro doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

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The Renegade has 1 inch more front headroom, 1.4 inches more rear headroom and 3.6 inches more rear hip room than the Niro.

Cargo Capacity

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A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Renegade. The Niro 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 Niro 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 Niro 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 Niro’s parking brake has to released manually.

The Renegade’s front power windows open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Niro’s standard power windows’ front passenger window doesn’t close automatically.

The Renegade’s power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The Niro’s power mirror switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

The Renegade’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Niro’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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 Niro 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 Niro doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The Renegade’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Kia only offers heated mirrors on the Niro EX/S Touring/Touring.

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 Niro 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 Niro only retains 40.77% to 42.14%.

Recommendations

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The Jeep Renegade outsold the Kia Niro by over three to one during 2018.

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