Jeep Renegade Does A Stoppie On Braking – Twice

The Jeep Renegade is a funky looking subcompact that can do anything. Even a stoppie.

In motorcycle-land a stoppie is a neat little stunt in which the rider shifts the bike’s balance (by leaning forward) in order to make its rear wheel rise as high as possible. It’s basically the opposite of a wheelie, which you can do on a bike, but seems rather difficult on a 1.6-ton car.

Apparently, the Jeep Renegade can do it, and according to Motor Trend, the trick was discovered by Spanish automotive outlet, after the automotive journalist Pablo David Gonzalez decided to apply the vehicle’s brakes, while traveling at 84 mph (135 km/h).

The model was a front-wheel-drive variant with a 1.6-litre engine, and after getting everything on tape he contacted Fiat’s Spain communications director, who in turn came with an explanation.

He said the car used for the test was a pre-production model (although it really wasn’t), and on top of that, it was involved in an accident that caused its ABS system to be short circuited. However, Mr. Gonzales recently took another Renegade for testing, this time an all-wheel-drive, 2.0 MultiJet, and it too performed a stoppie (albeit not as dramatic as the first Renegade).

Mr. Gonzales did not publish the original story, because he was informed the car was a pre-production variant and he received one that worked properly soon after, but to make matters worse, the original red Renegade was sold in 2016 as a car in perfect condition “with no faults whatsoever”.

Luckily, Pablo David Gonzalez contacted the vehicle owner and informed him about the problems the Jeep was having.


  • Status

    FCA build quality.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      Really? How is this a problem? It’s cool as all get out, and I reckon more of these will be sold!!
      A mini-ute that can do a stoppie? SIGN ME UP 🙂

      • Imagine trying to swerve an object whilst braking that hard.. That’s why it’s a problem 😉

      • Mind Synthetic

        sure, put your dumb self and family at risk, not to mention others.

        • Andrewthecarguy

          Go sip on some Castrol Synthec ;/

    • LexusGXman

      Just about to write it

  • klowik

    That’s a bit dangerous. Think twice before buying it.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      See my comment above.

  • BqWsRe

    European engineering, as so many like to point out on the Renegade. Don’t run from it now.

  • Ilbirs

    I hope the Brazilian-built ones aren’t affected by this fault. I also would like to see if some auto media here has the guts to perform a braking test that maybe means the FCA cutting ads on that publication or website as a revenge.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Jeep Renegade: The official car of MotoGP.

  • Matt

    This should silence those critics that say the Renegade isn’t a ‘real Jeep’.

  • Blade t


  • Ludmil Kushinov

    I din’t understand whay they sayng in video but it is normal 4×4 that is havier on behind to not pound like 2×4. Now they will just move things like battery on behind to make better balance. But it was redicilous that FCA put in production such vehicle, like first Merc A class…

    • Wandering_Spirit

      It says the braking force is not uniformly distributed and that most goes to the front wheels due to a defective mechanism, which causes it to behave as you see in the video. Portuguese vaguely resembles my mothertongue so i may not have got the details, just the rough meaning.

      • Vassilis

        That wasn’t Portuguese :p

        • Andrewthecarguy

          Captain Obvious :))

        • Wandering_Spirit

          Sorry Vassilis, i meant Spanish. Tired brain!

  • Wandering_Spirit

    Fiat will sell it with some ballast on the back. Or will do a special “Bak-Obese included” model

  • Kash

    I wonder how many more of these videos are gonna pop up on YouTube and how long before FCA issues a recall on these things.

  • Dennis James

    …and we have lift-off ! Who wouldn’t want to buy a plane for the price of a car ? 🙂

  • smartacus

    I’m not gonna take sides yet,
    but i remember Consumer Ripoffs ragazine doing a fake test to get the Samurai to tip over on two wheels.
    They had to modify their test course and still had to try like 72 times before it finally came off the ground.

  • Mokes Oz

    More American junk. How do they get away with this quality.

    • Auf Wiedersehen

      I am the first to bring up auto manufacturers shortcomings, including American car companies. But this my friend is 100% total Italian junk, shared with the Fiat 500L. So do some research before slamming a company.

    • Radiance

      LMFAO its not american, its European engineering aka Fiat

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    Well, that’s designed well. NOT

  • KidRed

    ABS? Even if the wheels locked, it shouldn’t pop up like that. Is it weight distribution, crappy rear drum brakes, what?

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