2015 CUV (crossover utility vehicle)
2015 Jeep Renegade
Front End: C-
Good: Dark side headlights and fog-lights
Bad: Two separate worlds
Rear End: C-
Good: X-marks the taillight design
Bad: A tale of three worlds
Good: Big and useful windows
Bad: All too simple
Overall Grade: C-
Good: Still has that off-road appeal
Bad: Too much plastic and is one sad looking Jeep
With a final grade of 46.96%, the new Renegade just misses getting a Rusty award. That is a good thing since it is always bad to start off at rock bottom. Too bad this little Jeep does not have the heart and soul of the Jeep brand. I guess someone saw only dollar signs with Jeep, and not a brand that needs to stay true to its heart and soul.
AutoLooks Buy List Approved: Maybe
Recommended Tuner: No
Tend Setter: No
Brand Value: Decrease
Overall Grade = C-
Back during WWII a man had a great vision of building an all terrain for the military. Today you can still get a civilian version of that vision. But within the last decade it seems that what originally made Jeep the world SUV power it is today, started to slip away. Today we have full proof that only profit is a concern at Jeep, not building the best utility vehicles in the world. I guess that torch has been passed onto Land Rover.
Today it seems that Jeep thinks it can build an entry level model to help make the brand more profitable. To do this, they ripped the heart and soul of the company out and sold it off to the highest bidder. After that they took their money and pooled it together with Fiat and built the 2015 Renegade. For those who thought the Compass was a disgrace to this brand, then take a look at what is below that.
Up front the new Renegade still carries the famous Jeep grille and headlights, highlighted with chrome insets. Add to that a hood borrowed from the Commander and a whole lot of plastic, and you get an entry level Jeep. I guess someone lost touch with their inspiration when it came to the bumper. Maybe next time, they should go with a chrome or steel bumper. That could make things look a bit better.
Along the side the Renegade gets a bit better. The plastic cladding is toned down a bit, and the hard lines from the hood get smoothed out. It seems someone was paying close attention to their consumer base and added in some over sized windows, to help customers see everything around them. The one downside is the over sized mirrors. Next time go with something smaller.
Out back is where you really start to see the tale of three different worlds. I guess the original designer fell asleep and his partner had to finish the proposal. One world is made of too much plastic, with the second world being over shadowed by tail lights and the third world being a giant glass atrium. The one cool thing about this rear, is that the X really does mark the spot.
Overall this could be a good entry level model, of course that is if people don't realize that this is just a Fiat 500L Trekking. Once they figure that out, they may just opt for the Fiat instead.
2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA
Front End: C+
Good: Headlights that move with the outline
Bad: Grille makes a snout out of the front
Rear End: B-
Good: Rear skid plate with integrated exhaust ports
Bad: Scab like tail lights
Good: Smooth flowing lines
Bad: Not enough wheel arch
Overall Appeal: B
Good: The supermodel of the compact luxury market
Bad: Not enough bling for a MB
With a final grade of 64.35%, the new GLA makes a big splash in the ever growing compact luxury CUV market. Lets hope Mercedes can keep the good times rolling with all of its new lineup.
AutoLooks Buy List Approved: Yes
Recommended Tuner: Maybe
Trend Setter: Yes
Brand Value: Increase
Overall Grade = B-
With an ever growing marketplace, it seems that Mercedes just couldn't leave one luxury market untouched. The new GLA is just one of the many new segments which Mercedes is entering within the next five years. With the addition of the CLA compact sedan, it was just a matter of time before MB would use that new platform to make a compact CUV to take on its rivals.
Up front the new GLA is one fierce looking CUV. With perfectly flowing head lights the front end is a step in all the right design directions. The only down side, is that the over sized chrome grille adds a snout to the front of this beauty. I guess she needs to go in and get a nose job done, to make her the perfect supermodel.
Along the side, deep body cuts engage your eyes and draw you into the smooth ripple of the body's wave. Add in a rough and rugged side skirt and you have the makings of an all purpose sleek design.
Out back is where you find a few of the issues with this CUV and a couple of the great features. It seems that someone has cut this design, since it has scab like tail lights which need to be picked off to ensure the true smooth skin returns. Added to this is that over use of the plastic cladding. Since you have a great looking skid plate, the use of plastic cladding should have been done away with around the plate. This would make it appear that the skid plate is part of the rear, not an added feature.
Overall the new GLA is sure to be a hit with anyone caught between an X4, MKC or RX. Maybe like the CLA, we should choose to either sell our soul, or just check the billboard.