Jeep Avenger - Practicality, comfort and boot space
The Jeep Avenger’s ability to carry more than two people depends largely on who’s up front
Jeep claims there is 34 litres of storage in just the front of the Avenger’s cabin – enough, apparently, to stash the contents of a carry-on suitcase among its various cubbies. The one below the central infotainment screen is handy and is accessed via a tablet-style magnetic cover on certain models. It’s deep, and in top-spec cars, hides a handy wireless phone charger large enough to accommodate even the largest of smartphones.
There’s also a handy shelf in the dashboard for your passenger’s phone, or perhaps to keep your wallet and keys in sight. The centre console features movable dividers that can serve as cup holders, with even more storage space in a deep cubby beneath the armrest. The front door bins are on the thin side, though, and there aren’t any in the rear. There’s also just one USB-C charging port in the back, so kids might have to squabble over who charges up their tablet on longer journeys.
Visibility is good, and the squared-off bonnet makes the car easy to place on the road. The seats are comfortable, with decent side bolsters, so you don’t feel like you’ll slide out of them through the corners. Even drivers who are six-foot tall or above should have no problem finding a comfortable driving position thanks to lots of adjustment in both the seat and steering wheel.
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There are also three sets of ISOFIX mounting points in the Avenger – one on the front passenger seat, and the remaining two on the rear seats' outer positions. However, the small rear door openings could make installing a child seat a little trickier than in some rivals.
At 4,084mm long, 1,776mm wide and 1,528mm tall, the Avenger is a very compact car – one of the smallest in its class, in fact. It’s 126mm shorter than a Nissan Juke, and 216mm shorter than the Peugeot 2008, despite sharing that car’s basic platform. The Avenger’s only 24mm longer than a Vauxhall Corsa supermini, though those compact dimensions make it so adept at navigating tight city streets.
Leg room, head room & passenger space
The square, boxy shape of the Avenger not only gives it that signature Jeep look but also allows for an impressive amount of headroom in both the front and rear. There's a good amount of space up front, and we’d happily describe the cabin as roomy, even for adults over six feet tall.
However, rear legroom is somewhat on the tight side, and if the driver is tall, there’s only enough room in the back for small kids. With someone smaller in stature at the wheel, and the front seats a little further forward, you might just be able to accommodate two adults at a push, but we doubt the Avenger can seat five as Jeep has claimed. However, we do like that the backs of the front seats are squishy, so rear passengers’ legs aren’t crushed against hard plastic if they need to squeeze in.
The Avenger offers a respectable 355 litres of space, which is a good deal more than you get from a Vauxhall Corsa or Renault Clio supermini, and just shy of some family hatchbacks like the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus. The one-metre-wide opening and nice square shape of the load bay also boost practicality, while folding the rear seats down gives you a total of 1,053 litres of space to play with. There’s no ‘frunk’ or storage under the bonnet of the EV like you get in a Hyundai Kona Electric, but there’s enough space under the boot floor to keep the charging cable out of sight.
In this review
- 1Jeep Avenger reviewJeep’s charming little SUV will win hearts with its looks alone, but it’s more than just a pretty face
- 2Engines, performance and drivePrevious Jeeps have often compromised on-road manners for their ability off-road, but not the Avenger
- 3MPG, CO2 and running costsThe electric Avenger’s range and charging speeds are decent but not class-leading; petrol and mild-hybrid models are reasonably efficient
- 4Interior, design and technologyThe Jeep Avenger could be sold on looks alone, and features iconic Jeep design cues and ‘easter eggs’ young buyers will lap up
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot space - currently readingThe Jeep Avenger’s ability to carry more than two people depends largely on who’s up front
- 6Reliability and safetyThe Jeep Avenger uses tried-and-tested parts from the Stellantis family of brands, which includes Vauxhall, Citroen and Peugeot