Whimsical details aside, the Renegade has a very upright dashboard. Smack in the middle there’s a standard (on the Trailhawk trim) five-inch touchscreen. Despite its relatively small size, touch points are nicely sized and quick to respond — creating a seamless operating system.
What makes the center screen look so small is the huge seven-inch “TFT Color Display” in between the two analog gauges. This screen can display a variety of things from radio settings, tire pressure (with a s’cute little Renegade graphic model) and a digital display of your speed.
The designers also clearly had the younger driver in mind. In front of the shifter, there’s a USB-port and AUX input with a convenient shelf below to lay your phone.
Below the screen, there are big and straightforward climate, radio tuning and volume controls that can be easily operated while driving.
Sitting in it’s nicely bolstered front-seat, you may think you’re navigating a much larger SUV.
There’s more than an iPhone 5 (sitting upright) worth of headroom. The exterior mirrors are almost the size an average sized head. The dash and hood appear to extend out farther than they actually do. There’s a beefy shifter controlling the nine-speed automatic transmission and a thick-rimmed steering wheel.
Although there are some hard plastics here and there, the Renegade displays quality where it counts.
Nice quality leather covers the shift knob, steering wheel and center and side armrests. Soft touch plastics cover the majority of the dashboard and there’s sporty red accent pieces throughout the cabin and red stitching found in the seats, center armrest and steering wheel.