2020 Jeep Renegade vs. 2019 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack

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Safety

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Both the Renegade and the Golf Alltrack have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, 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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There are almost 4 times as many Jeep dealers as there are Volkswagen dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Renegade’s warranty.

Reliability

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To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Renegade has a standard 500-amp battery. The Golf Alltrack’s 480-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Jeep vehicles are better in initial quality than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Jeep 17th in initial quality. With 13 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 25th.

Engine

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The Renegade’s optional 1.3 turbo 4 cyl. produces 9 more horsepower (177 vs. 168) and 11 lbs.-ft. more torque (210 vs. 199) than the Golf Alltrack’s 1.8 turbo 4 cyl. The Renegade’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 12 more horsepower (180 vs. 168) than the Golf Alltrack’s 1.8 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

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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 Golf Alltrack doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

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 Golf Alltrack doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

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

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 Golf Alltrack.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Renegade

Golf Alltrack

Front Rotors

12 inches

11.3 inches

Rear Rotors

10.95 inches

10.7 inches

The Renegade stops much shorter than the Golf Alltrack:

Renegade

Golf Alltrack

70 to 0 MPH

158 feet

173 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

114 feet

122 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

133 feet

137 feet

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Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Renegade has larger standard tires than the Golf Alltrack (215/65R16 vs. 205/55R17).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Renegade Latitude/Limited offers optional 19-inch wheels. The Golf Alltrack’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 Golf Alltrack, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

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 Golf Alltrack doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For greater off-road capability the Renegade has a 1.1 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Golf Alltrack (8 vs. 6.9 inches), allowing the Renegade to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Renegade Trailhawk’s minimum ground clearance is 1.8 inches higher than on the Golf Alltrack (8.7 vs. 6.9 inches).

Chassis

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The Renegade is 1 foot, 1.6 inches shorter than the Golf Alltrack, 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 Golf Alltrack doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

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The Renegade has 5.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Golf Alltrack (100.1 vs. 94.3).

The Renegade has 2.5 inches more front headroom, 1.9 inches more rear headroom and 1.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Golf Alltrack.

Cargo Capacity

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A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Renegade. The Golf Alltrack 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 Golf Alltrack 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 Golf Alltrack 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 Golf Alltrack 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.

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 Golf Alltrack only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

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 Golf Alltrack doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Model Availability

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

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Renegade owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Renegade will cost $145 to $2270 less than the Golf Alltrack over a five-year period.

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 Golf Alltrack only retains 38.44% to 40.76%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Jeep Renegade will be $3265 to $4923 less than for the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack.

Recommendations

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The Jeep Renegade outsold the Volkswagen Golf/GTI by over two to one during 2018.

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