The popular Jeep Renegade has crowned a hugely successful 2015 by taking 4x4 Magazine's 4x4 of the Year award.
The accolade comes at the end of an excellent debut year for the small SUV. To date more than 5,800 Renegades have been sold in the UK while, around the world, the newcomer has already scooped numerous awards.
In this latest recognition, the off-road driving publication's panel of expert judges was unanimous in its decision to award the Jeep Renegade its highest '4x4 of the Year' honour. And after putting a range-topping Trailhawk version through its paces on a tough off-road evaluation course, the testers concluded that the entire Renegade range was worthy of the top award.
"It's a credit that any manufacturer should consider producing such a capable small off-roader," says Nigel Fryatt, Editor, 4x4 Magazine. "That it's so well built, while also fun and funky, is a delight.
"We are praising the Trailhawk version, but let's not forget that Jeep has a complete range offering for the Renegade. For all of us here on 4x4 Magazine, the simple fact that the Jeep Renegade exists, should be lauded by all who want to take their 4x4s off-road. Quite simply, it's one of the most significant 4x4s to be produced in the last five years. It's certainly a worthy recipient of 4x4 Magazine's 2016 4x4 of the Year"
In the same awards, the Renegade won the 'Mid-range SUV sub-£30,000' category, while the legendary Jeep Wrangler took the 'Hardcore' class for the fourth consecutive year.
"This has been an amazing year for Jeep Renegade and the top award from a leading 4x4 magazine rounds it off wonderfully," says Damien Dally, head of brand, Jeep UK. "The car has been well-received by UK drivers, many of whom tell us it was exactly what they were waiting for.
"That feedback is important to us, as is the verdict of expert panellists, such as those at 4x4 Magazine. We are all delighted with this accolade and look forward to many more like it for Renegade - and Jeep - in 2016."
The Jeep Renegade range starts at £17,295 OTR for the 1.6E-TorQ Evo Sport, rising to £28,595 for the 2.0 MultiJet II Trailhawk.