2021 Volvo V60 vs. 2020 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.

The V60’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Renegade doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

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.

The V60 has standard Automatic Braking After Collision, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Renegade doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The V60 Inscription has standard CTA Auto Brake that uses 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 front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the 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, driver knee 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 and rearview cameras.

The Volvo V60 weighs 428 to 1043 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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To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the V60 has a standard 210-amp alternator. The Renegade’s standard 150-amp alternator and largest (Auto) 160-amp alternator aren’t as powerful.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the V60 has a standard 800-amp battery. The Renegade’s 500-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

The battery on the V60 is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the V60’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Renegade’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Volvo vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Volvo 2 places higher in reliability than Jeep.

Engine

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The V60 T5’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 73 more horsepower (250 vs. 177) and 48 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 210) than the Renegade’s optional 1.3 turbo 4-cylinder. The V60 T5’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 70 more horsepower (250 vs. 180) and 83 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 175) than the Renegade’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4-cylinder. The V60 T8 Polestar’s standard 2.0 turbo/supercharged 4-cylinder hybrid produces 235 more horsepower (415 vs. 180) and 319 lbs.-ft. more torque (494 vs. 175) than the Renegade’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4-cylinder.

As tested in Motor Trend the V60 T5 is faster than the Jeep Renegade:

V60

Renegade turbo 4-cyl.

Renegade 2.4

Zero to 60 MPH

6.9 sec

9.3 sec

9.1 sec

Quarter Mile

15.3 sec

17.3 sec

17 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

92.2 MPH

78.1 MPH

80 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the V60 Recharge running on electricity running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the Renegade:

MPGe

V60

AWD

Electric Motor

70 city/68 hwy

Renegade

MPG

FWD

2.4 DOHC 4-cyl.

22 city/30 hwy

1.3 turbo 4-cyl.

24 city/32 hwy

AWD

2.4 DOHC 4-cyl.

21 city/29 hwy

1.3 turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/29 hwy

Trailhawk 1.3 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/27 hwy

On the EPA test cycle the V60 running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the Renegade:

MPG

V60

FWD

T5 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/34 hwy

AWD

T8 2.0 turbo/SC 4-cyl. Hybrid

28 city/33 hwy

Renegade

FWD

2.4 DOHC 4-cyl.

22 city/30 hwy

1.3 turbo 4-cyl.

24 city/32 hwy

AWD

2.4 DOHC 4-cyl.

21 city/29 hwy

1.3 turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/29 hwy

Trailhawk 1.3 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/27 hwy

The V60 T8 Polestar can drive on battery power alone for up to 22 miles. The Renegade must run its internal combustion engine to move.

Regenerative brakes improve the V60 T8’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Renegade doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Regardless of its engine, the V60’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Renegade 2.4-liter doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The V60 has 3.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Renegade (15.9 vs. 12.7 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

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 T8

Renegade

Front Rotors

12.7 inches

14.6 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.

The V60 stops much shorter than the Renegade:

V60

Renegade

70 to 0 MPH

177 feet

181 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

121 feet

133 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the V60 has larger tires than the Renegade (235/45R18 vs. 215/65R16). The V60’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Renegade (235/45R18 vs. 225/55R18).

The V60’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Renegade’s standard 65 series tires. The V60’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Renegade Latitude/Limited’s optional 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the V60 has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Renegade.

Suspension and Handling

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The V60 offers an available set of manually adjustable shock absorbers. They allow the driver the manually set the shock absorbers to a stiff setting for amateur competitions and return them to lower levels for a comfortable ride on normal streets. This allows the driver to choose between a comfortable ride or excellent handling during competitions. 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.

The V60 Momentum handles at .87 G’s, while the Renegade Latitude 4x4 pulls only .74 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The V60 Inscription AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.3 seconds quicker than the Renegade Trailhawk 4x4 (26.7 seconds @ .66 average G’s vs. 29 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

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 volume than the Renegade with its rear seat up (23.2 vs. 18.5 cubic feet).

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the V60 easier. The V60’s trunk lift-over height is 26.7 inches, while the Renegade’s liftover is 30.2 inches.

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”

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the V60’s power liftgate can be opened or closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Renegade doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening liftgate.

Towing

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

Servicing Ease

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The V60 uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Renegade uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

Ergonomics

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When two different drivers share the V60, the memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position 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.

If the windows are left open on the V60 the driver can close them all at the outside door handle or from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Renegade can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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 optional 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 Renegade only offers an automatic headlight on/off feature as an extra cost option.

The Renegade’s optional cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The V60’s standard 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.

When the V60 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’s standard rear and side view mirrors have an automatic dimming feature. These mirrors can be set to 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 Inscription 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 Inscription offers optional massaging front seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging seats aren’t available in the Renegade.

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.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the V60 is less expensive to operate than the Renegade because typical repairs cost much less on the V60 than the Renegade, including $96 less for front brake pads, $295 less for a starter and $261 less for front struts.

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