it is a fact: the smallest and at the same time the first fully electric model of Jeep is taking its first steps in the Greek market, where rivals await it, such as the Citroen ë-C4, Peugeot e2008 and Opel Mokka-e of the Stellantis group, in which, as it is known, the American company is also included, but also the electric Kia Niro and Hyundai Kona, possibly also the ID.3 (even if its height would not classify it as an SUV), while looking “higher” you will see rivals, such as the expected Volvo EX30.
And the new Jeep Avenger (soon to be seen also in versions with a petrol engine) is now the spearhead of the American company that is trying to hit the most dynamic part of the car market – a model which, among other things, could one can say that it starts with a goal from the dressing room, since it has already won the title “European Car of the Year” for 2023, while at the same time it has managed to collect a large number of orders from interested parties who chose it and decided to take “the step” just looking at pictures. Note, however, that the slightly larger Renegade also “plays” in the same category, which is not available in a fully electric version, but allows Jeep to “beat” the B-SUV category with two models!
The truth is that no matter how much we insist on characterizing the design as a subjective matter, commonly: a matter of… taste, it was and will remain a factor that greatly affects the commercial course of a model. The case of the Avenger, which, even though it looks American, was designed by Italians in Turin, comes to confirm the rule in the way we mentioned in the previous paragraph: it is obvious that it “takes out” something in terms of robustness and off-road character, making as much as the Jeep DNA as obvious as possible – and after all, it’s obvious that it likes it. While some design details that highlight the “earthy” character of the new model also have a practical meaning: the reason for the multitude of black plastic parts that cover the wheel arches, sills, etc. protecting the bodywork from abrasions.
The first word you will use for the interior of the new Avenger when you get in the driver’s seat is “modern”. Without resorting to extremes, Jeep manages to set the tone of the modern, which can also refer to the electrification of the future to come – without exaggeration, however. The second word you will use (again for the passenger compartment) is “practical”. The truth is that here one can find quite a few elements that substantiate the above claim, such as the long shelf just below the air vents and the huge console between the driver and passenger that is divided into two parts which really holds many liters of small and large objects, while also offering very good cup holders. Small details, you might say, that make everyday life easy and are much more important than they seem at first glance.
With the external dimensions placing the Avenger at the bottom of the category, as one of the smallest B-SUVs, one cannot, of course, make great claims in terms of space. The truth, however, is that the spaces for passengers may not be top-notch, but they are adequate. Obviously, there are competitors with ten and twenty extra centimeters in length that will do better, but even in the Avenger, two tall passengers will be able to fit in the back seat – marginally at least. While the 355 L trunk has no problem accommodating the basic transport concerns of a family of four.
How the driver’s confidence rises when entering the Jeep Avenger is of course an interesting question. The truth is that if you say that what surrounds him is made of hard plastic it can create the wrong impression. Yes, the plastic is hard, but it doesn’t look cheap – with the gold-painted dashboard fascia playing its part in shaping a more premium image. On the other hand, the soft linings in the places where the driver and passenger touch their hands create, together with the leather steering wheel, a more quality feeling.
One could say that perceived quality is not the most important thing in the whole story. Even more important is the sense of attachment you get while driving the car, as the new e-CMP2 Avenger electrified platform seems to behave like a well-built structure with 60% of its components exclusive to the Jeep model. On the move, then, you come face to face with the work that Stellantis engineers have done, with the 54 kWh battery placed under the front and rear seats ensuring increased autonomy compared to what we knew from its existing models on the market group thanks to very fine tuning (for example the heat pump for the air conditioning is standard). Officially, the autonomy starts from 400 km of the mixed cycle and can theoretically exceed 550 in an urban environment. In practice it’s never like that – however, approaching 300km in mixed conditions isn’t bad in real-world conditions: that’s reasonable performance.
So, you don’t need to constantly keep your mind on the battery charge indicator, since this autonomy gives you quite a lot of freedom of movement both in urban and peri-urban environments, allowing you to make trips (with proper planning, of course). We note, however, at this point that this electric “package” is not the most sophisticated one can find on the market today, since other platforms enable faster DC charging than 100 kW (to 150 kW or more). The other part of the electrification concerns performance, in the sense of speed this time, which in the usual tactic of preserving autonomy is electronically limited to 150 km/h, while the power of the M3 eMOTORS electric motor of 156 PS is enough to reach 0-100 km/h in 9.0 sec. And we may be used to more impressive 0-100 times from more powerful, heavier and more expensive electric cars, but the reality is that this kind of performance suits a svelte and well-rounded family car (or, anyway, a ” live” car to be used by either a new couple or a bachelor). The truth is that at first press of the throttle, especially if “normal mode” is selected for the drive system, you may think that the Avenger is sluggish.
EVALUATION (OUT OF 10)
JEEP AVENGER ELECTRIC 54kWh
ROAD BEHAVIOR 8
DRIVER SATISFACTION 8
VALUE FOR MONEY 8
However, it is enough to put your right foot decisively on the floor to realize that the car “pulls” in the “thumping” way you expect from an electric vehicle and finally offers the accelerations you need on the move, to pass safely . Note that the drive system mode selector still offers the options “sport” (where the reaction to pressing the gas becomes much more immediate), ECO for lower consumption and increased autonomy, but also a series of options that demonstrate off-road sport DNA of the American brand (mud, sand, snow) through the Selec-Terrain system.
“Original” (in his way)
Note, too, that Jeep took care to endow the Avenger with all those geometric features that will allow it to roam the forest road network, or even off it, without stress. Four-wheel drive, of course, does not exist, the electric Avenger is exclusively front-wheel drive and the electronic systems undertake to replace what the additional electric motor would offer to the rear wheels (to some extent of course – there should be no illusions, although a four-wheel drive version is also coming). So, having the largest approach (20th), ramp (20th) and departure (32nd) angles in the class, and a ground clearance of 20 cm, the Avenger is able to easily jump over the obstacles that will be found on the road of – as long as his driver doesn’t forget he’s not driving a Wrangler! The interesting thing, however, is that whatever “genuine” off-road features and whatever driving possibilities the Jeep name promises, do not involve any compromises in comfort – and this despite the reasonably (due to the battery) increased weight of the car.
In daily confrontations with the bad terrain of the road network, potholes and mudslides are filtered out quite effectively and some stronger reactions to sharp transverse irregularities may not be missing, but in general the Avenger behaves quite civilized. And this, combined with the low noise levels ensured by the electric motor on the one hand and good sound insulation on the other, upgrade the comfort sector. On the other hand, handling could be said to be a pleasant surprise (although in general Jeep models have a good reputation in this area). It turns quickly and controllably, without unpredictable reactions and manages its weight and volume well. The Avenger looks well weighted and confidence-inspiring, both when the driver decides to take it fast on a twisty road and on a highway trip where the stability it exhibits is of a high standard. Obviously, we are not dealing with a sporty proposal, however we are dealing with a complete car that moves safely, both on asphalt and on dirt thanks to the Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance 2 tires, dimensions 215/55-R18.
Jeep made sure to throw the Avenger into battle in three richly equipped versions. And it’s true that with the large high-resolution touchscreen in the center of the dashboard hinting at the technology it incorporates, the Jeep Avenger is offered, even in its base Longitude version, with a full package of driver assistance systems that include automatic emergency braking, lane keeping, hill descent control, traffic sign recognition, etc. While in the next-generation Altitude (€40,700/€32,700 with government subsidy), which we had to test, the sense of luxury is enhanced by the larger (10.25”) instrument panel and a number of small and large details such as electric door of the luggage compartment that also has a “hands-free” opening function, adaptive cruise control, intelligent key, 17-inch wheels (against the 16″ of the Longitude), etc. Consequently, the Jeep Avenger is, based on market data in the eB-SUV category, a complete proposal with a distinguished brand name, covered by a 4-year factory warranty and roadside assistance up to 160,000 km (the battery warranty is 8 years / or up to 160,000 km). A car that is pleasant to drive and efficient, that is worth the money.
MODEL JEEP AVENGER ELECTRIC 54kWh 2023 TIMH €38.700 FEES €0
MOTOR PERMANENT MAGNET, Electric motor FUEL OIL Electric
POWER kW(PS)/rpm 115(156) TORQUE Nm/rpm 260
TRANSMISSION Single Gear, front wheel drive
PERFORMANCES 0-100 in 9 sec, final 150 km/h
CONSUMPTION/CO2 15,4 kWh/100km, 0
JEEP AVENGER ELECTRIC 54kWh 2023
FOR DESIGN, PRACTICALITY, ERGONOMICS, UTILITY, PLENTY OF SPACES FOR SMALL OBJECTS, ROAD BEHAVIOR, TECHNOLOGY, EQUIPMENT.
AGAINST JUST ENOUGH SPACES IN THE BACK SEAT, LIMITED VISIBILITY TO THE BACK AND SIDES.
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