Jeep’s smallest model gets parent firm Stellantis’s latest battery and motor tech, which means a 54kWh (51kWh usable) battery for a maximum range of up to 248 miles. Charging is on par with most of Jeep’s rivals, but not class-leading. The Avenger’s 100kW maximum charging speed is still enough for a 20-80 per cent top-up in 24 minutes, though.
Visually the Jeep’s tiny front and rear overhangs, wide track and significant 200mm of ground clearance give it a chunky look, while inside the Avenger feels roomy – even for adults over six-feet tall. There is loads of headroom, and legroom is better then most other SUV’s in the category.
Interior quality is good, and the layout is more than logical. If you want you can even colour-code the dash to match the exterior paint. The infotainment system is a big improvement on older Jeep tech and at 10.25 inches the screen is a good size, more importantly – it’s responsive. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard also which is a nice touch. Thankfully, the climate controls sit on a row of piano-style buttons underneath the main display.
Jeeps have more than often compromised on-road manners for their ability off-road, but the Avenger’s dynamic ability is genuinely good. It would be nice if the steering had a bit more weight and feel, but the upside is a car that’s easy to drive around town. In addition to this, in an urban environment, the 154bhp e-motor feels more than punchy enough only needing more power when entering motorway slip roads.
Should you eliminate an ideas about what a Jeep should actually be like, and with this car you should – then the Avenger really is a very capable small SUV.