Jeep Avenger review - Range, charging and running costs
Range and charging speeds aren’t class-leading, but competitive among small EVs
The Avenger might be Jeep’s first EV but it uses the same battery and motor technology that powers the updated versions of the Citroen e-C4, Vauxhall Mokka Electric, Peugeot E-2008 and DS 3 E-Tense, plus the new Fiat 600e. That means under the floor is a 54kWh battery, 51kWh of which is usable. Jeep says it can provide enough juice to cover up to 248 miles across a mixture of driving conditions. That’s less than cars such as the Hyundai Kona Electric, but still competitive for this size of electric SUV.
However, Jeep claims that you could cover up to 342 miles on a single charge, so long as you’re just driving in town or city traffic, and presumably with Eco mode selected and the regenerative braking in its strongest setting. Unfortunately we’ve yet to test this claim for ourselves.
What we do know is that the Jeeps’ charging speeds are also on par with most of its main rivals, but again, 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. Charging at home using a typical 7.4kW home wallbox should take around seven and a half hours.
The Avenger sits in insurance groups 24 or 25 (out of 50) depending on which trim level you go for. That means it attracts similar ratings to the 48kWh Hyundai Kona Electric and facelifted Peugeot E-2008.
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According to our latest expert data, the Jeep Avenger will on average retain 54 per cent of its original value after three years of ownership and with 36,000 miles on the clock come trade-in time. That’s significantly better than 40 per cent the Peugeot E-2008 is expected to hold onto, and even slightly ahead of the new Hyundai Kona Electric, which is projected to retain closer to 50 per cent of its list price.
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In this review
- 1Jeep Avenger reviewJeep’s charming little electric SUV will win hearts with its looks alone, but it’s more than just a pretty face
- 2Electric motor, drive and performanceJeeps have often compromised on-road manners for their ability off-road, but not the Avenger
- 3Range, charging and running costs - currently readingRange and charging speeds aren’t class-leading, but competitive among small EVs
- 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 spaceThe Avenger’s ability to carry more than two people depends on largely on who’s up front
- 6Reliability and safetyThe Avenger uses tried-and-tested parts from the Stellantis family of brands, which includes Vauxhall, Citroen and Peugeot