Say hello to…
…the Jeep Avenger a small family SUV that’s available as a fully electric car or with a 1.2-litre petrol engine. Company car drivers will pick the all-electric version which is powered by a 156hp motor driving the front wheels and has a 56kW battery which Jeep claims is good for an official range of 248 miles.
The Avenger is available in three trim levels:
Standard equipment on the Longitude includes 16-inch alloy wheels, 10.25 inch infotainment screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, hill decent control, rear parking sensors, cruise control and lane departure warning.
Altitude adds 17-inch alloys, synthetic leather covered steering wheel and adaptive cruise control.
Summit adds 18-inch alloys, front and rear velour mats, heated front seats, power-fold door mirrors, auto dimming rear-view mirror, front parking sensors, LED headlights, privacy glass, wireless phone charging, adaptive cruise control and rear view camera.
Is The Jeep Avenger Suitable For My Fleet
In our testing, which involved a high percentage of motorway work in cold weather, we saw an energy consumption of 2.9 miles per kWh. Combined with the battery’s usable capacity of 50.8kWh that equates to a range of just 147 miles, more than 100 below the official figure. While our stats could be seen as a worst case, it’s often this lowest figure that’s the most useful because in all other conditions you’re likely to see more range.
Range aside, the Avenger is a very practical for a car that’s only 4m long. The boot is a very respectable 341 litres and there’s enough room for teenage kids in the back seats.
Leasing A Jeep Avenger
Intelligent Car Leasing is offering the Jeep Avenger in top specification Summit trim for £550 a month on a 3+36 lease with 10,000 miles a year. Gensen Reports expects maintenance costs to come in at £27 a month based on 10,000 miles a year.
Driving A Jeep Avenger
Looks alone are enough to attract buyers. The traditional Jeep styling means the Avenger is easily recognisable in the mass of small SUVs on the market, and this is likely to help its popularity in the used market and so strengthen residual values.
However, the Jeep Avenger is also offers a great driving experience too.
Inside, the cabin and dashboard, including a clear infotainment screen, is well structured with Jeep offering a few physical buttons for key functions and turning off the lane-keeping assist isn’t buried too far into the menu system.
The seats are comfortable and supportive meaning long trips aren’t an issue.
Most impressive is that the Jeep rides and handles in a way that’s wonderfully predictable. The ride is neither too soft or too hard for UK roads. The steering too offers well above average feedback and the high seating position and flat bonnet design make the car easy to manoeuvre in tight spaces.
In fact the only really annoying thing about the Avenger experience is the noise the indicators have been programmed to make. Rather than a regular tick-tock, the indicators first make a bass note then the sound of a metronome. Some may find it fun, but others will find it irritating.
If you can live with this one downside, there’s a huge amount going for the Avenger.
FleetandLeasing.com Verdict On The Jeep Avenger
In a market bursting with small SUVs, the Jeep Avenger succeeds at standing out for the right reasons.
- Model: Avenger Summit
- Power: 156 hp
- Torque: 260Nm
- Max speed: 93mph
- 0-62mph: 9.0 seconds
- Official range: 248 miles
- Test range: 147 miles
- CO2 emissions: 0g/km
- BIK tax band 2023/24: 2%