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Jeep Avenger Review

The Jeep Avenger is the first ever all-electric Jeep, with a range of 249 miles; its platform is shared with other Stellantis models, so should you choose the Avenger?

  • Jeep Avenger
  • Jeep Avenger
  • Jeep Avenger
  • Jeep Avenger
  • Jeep Avenger
  • Jeep Avenger
  • Jeep Avenger
  • Jeep Avenger
  • Jeep Avenger
  • Jeep Avenger
  • Jeep Avenger
Green Car Guide Rating: 9/10

Key stats

  • Model/Engine size:   Jeep Avenger Summit
  • Fuel:   Electric
  • Electric driving range (WLTP): 249 miles
  • Maximum rapid charging rate:   100 kW

Summary

  • The first ever all-electric Jeep
  • 249-mile range
  • Front-wheel drive only
  • Shares platform with other Stellantis models

Background

Different manufacturers have been moving at different speeds towards electric cars; Jeep has been slower than many other brands, but we now have the first ever all-electric Jeep. This is thanks to the company being part of Stellantis, and having access to an electric platform which is also shared with the Peugeot e-2008, DS 3 E-TENSE and Vauxhall Mokka-e. So should you choose the Jeep over these other family members?

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Design & Engineering

Thanks to the platform-sharing, the Jeep Avenger also has the same (new) 54kWh battery as the other Stellantis models, along with the 156hp electric motor. But here’s the thing. This is a Jeep, which is marketed as a go-anywhere brand, but the Avenger is only front-wheel drive.

The exterior looks Jeep-like from the front in particular, thanks to the recognisable grille, and the off-road image is reinforced by the 18-inch wheels, which look large on this compact SUV, and there’s also minimal front and rear overhang, reinforcing the brand’s design style.

The Avenger’s interior features some elements that are common with other Stellantis models, but overall it’s a different approach to the Peugeot, the DS and the Vauxhall.

The Avenger measures 4084mm in length, and it has a 355-litre boot – with a storage area for charging cables under the boot floor – which is a decent size for a compact SUV, but legroom for rear seat occupants is tight. The luggage space increases to 1,053 litres with the rear seats down.

Look out for the design details of a person with a telescope at the bottom of the windscreen and a ladybird on the roof rails.

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Jeep Avenger Driving Experience

Because the Jeep Avenger shares the same platform with other Stellantis models the driving experience is also familiar. We rate the Peugeot e-2008 very highly and its compact agility is shared with the Jeep (which weighs 1615 kg – relatively light for an EV), but whereas the e-2008 has a relatively firm ride and controlled body roll, the Jeep has comfortable ride quality on most road surfaces, but this results in more body roll through corners. The Jeep also seems to have progressed in terms of overall refinement.

The Jeep Avenger is front-wheel drive, and it has on-road tyres. So how does this work out for grip? On wet tarmac, the traction control system appears to be successful in limiting wheelspin compared to most front-wheel drive EVs. There are an extra three drive modes that aim to help out with driving off-road: Sand, Mud and Snow. These are in addition to the standard drive modes of Eco (dialled-back throttle response), Normal and Sport (decent responses).

‘Sand’ allows a small amount of slip from the front wheels. ‘Mud’ gives as much torque as possible to the one wheel with the most grip. ‘Snow’ constantly adapts the level of wheelspin. These are drive modes that the other cars on this platform don’t have, which is a tick in the box for the Jeep. Green Car Guide tests all cars with off-road pretensions off-road, and although the Jeep appears to offer slightly more capability than the average front-wheel drive car, this is not a Jeep to be taken on off-road challenges. If the Avenger isn’t offered with all-wheel drive, then tyres that stand more chance of delivering grip in off-road conditions would be useful – but on-road tyres will be the default fitted by Jeep due to the need to maximise its electric driving range.

If you do need to attempt some adventurous terrain, then the Jeep has a wading depth of 230mm and ground clearance of 200mm.

There’s no traditional gear selector – instead there are four buttons on the dashboard, for P, R, N and D/B. Above these buttons is a central 10.25-inch touchscreen, with the home screen featuring boxes for radio/media; a graphic showing the vehicle and whether the battery is delivering energy or benefiting from recuperation, along with confirmation of the selected drive mode; seat heating buttons; climate button; and ‘application drawer’. So there’s no button for navigation on the home screen; this is accessed either by swiping to the next screen or accessing the application drawer. The content on the home screen is therefore a different approach to the common convention with some other manufacturers of having shortcut buttons for the main requirements of home, navigation, media and phone.

One good feature is a separate row of buttons under the touchscreen for heating and ventilation controls. Directly under the touchscreen are four buttons; one is for the home screen, and one is for ‘ADAS’ safety systems, although only one safety system option is available – the lane departure warning system, which can be switched off by pressing a slider bar, then pressing another ‘confirm’ button. If you’re using Apple CarPlay then it’s a challenge to easily access the buttons for some basic car controls such as the radio or the heated seats.

There’s a large storage compartment where the gear selector would traditionally be located. The cover for this compartment folds back in a similar way to a cover of an iPad. If you fold it back all the way then it covers the row of gear selector buttons. And underneath the ‘hinged’ end of the cover are USB sockets, which are very hard to see and access.

Another button that’s hard to see is the one for Hill Descent Control, which is tucked away on the dashboard under the right-hand side of the steering wheel (along with the windscreen de-icer button).

An interesting feature is that the traditional noise of the indicators has been replaced by a funky percussion sound.

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Jeep Avenger Electric Range and Charging

The Jeep Avenger has a WLTP combined electric driving range of 249 miles (or 342 miles for the city cycle). In the real-world, the Jeep was displaying a range of 244 miles on average when fully charged, which had the potential to be accurate if driven carefully, but as with our experience of most Stellantis products, this dropped down more quickly at motorway speeds, resulting in an average range of 220 miles over the week on test.

The Avenger has a heat pump, which is designed to heat the cabin in cold weather with minimal loss to the electric driving range.

The Jeep’s maximum DC rapid charging rate is 100kW, potentially giving a 20% to 80% charge in 24 minutes. It can also charge at 11kW AC (using three-phase workplace charging), when a 0% to 100% charge takes 5 hours 34 minutes, or a 7.4kW home wallbox should provide a 0% to 100% charge in 7 hours 58 minutes.

How to charge an electric car

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Price And Model Range

The Jeep Avenger Summit, as tested, costs £39,600. Our car had the options of two colour paint and sunroof (£1,100), leather interior (£900), infotainment pack (£500), and puncture repair kit (£25), taking the total price to £42,125.

The Jeep Avenger is available in three trim levels, Longitude, Altitude, and Summit. Summit has extra equipment such as 18-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels with 215/55 R18 tyres, adaptive cruise control with lane centring and traffic jam assist, 180-degree rear camera, urban blind spot monitor, automatic high/low beam, heated front seats, wireless smartphone charging, welcome/leaving lighting, heated windscreen, front, rear and side parking sensors, and auto folding electric heated door mirrors with puddle lights and LED projector headlamps. Seven colours are available: Volcano, Ruby, Snow, Granite, Lake, Stone and Sun. All colours are available with the bi-colour Volcano roof option.

Prices for the Jeep Avenger Longitude model start at £35,700, compared to £36,610 for the entry-level Vauxhall Mokka-e, £36,500 for the Peugeot e-2008 and £36,445 for the DS 3 E-TENSE.

Prices and specifications correct at time of review

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Conclusion

The Jeep Avenger is another welcome addition to the choice of electric cars for consumers. It has a platform that has been proven in other Stellantis models to be fun to drive, and the official combined electric driving range of 249 miles is likely to be sufficient for many people. The Jeep has its own design style, both outside and inside, but the brand’s go-anywhere image doesn’t translate to the actual abilities of this car, thanks to the front-wheel drive only powertrain and the lack of tyres that can cope with off-road terrain. The additional three off-road drive modes appear to help slightly, but this isn’t a Jeep that can tackle any off-road challenge. So you’re left with the choice of four cars that all have the same platform and battery – the Vauxhall Mokka-e, the Peugeot e-2008, the DS 3 E-TENSE, and the Jeep Avenger – and because there isn’t a huge difference in prices between them, it depends on which badge and exterior/interior styling you want. We would gravitate towards the Peugeot e-2008 because of its exterior styling, small steering wheel and 3D i-Cockpit.

Car facts and figures Jeep Avenger Review

  • Test electric driving range: 220 miles
  • Consumption (WLTP): TBC miles/kWh
  • CO2 emissions (WLTP): 0 g/km
  • Vehicle tax rate (VED):   £0
  • Benefit in Kind (BIK) company car tax liability (2023/24): 2%
  • Price:   £39,600
  • Insurance group:   TBC
  • Power:   156 hp
  • Torque:   260 Nm
  • Max speed:   93 mph
  • 0-62 mph:   9.6 seconds
  • Weight:   1615 kg
  • Towing capacity: TBC
Paul Clarke

Review by:
Paul Clarke, GreenCarGuide Editor