Read Caroline’s Jeep Avenger review for everything you need to know about buying Jeep’s small petrol SUV.

The Jeep Avenger launched in Ireland in 2023 and marked the start of a new chapter for the Jeep brand. It’s the brand’s smallest model yet styled as a very fashionable SUV.

At launch, it was available as a full electric vehicle but Jeep has since added a 1.2-litre petrol to the Avenger range.

The good news is it makes the Avenger a little more affordable than before, with a starting price now from €31,495. The electric Avenger starts from €35,995.

Let’s take a closer look.

The new Jeep Avenger on test for Changing Lanes
The new Jeep Avenger on test for Changing Lanes

Styling

The Jeep Avenger is a very smart-looking small SUV. It really stands out against rivals with its iconic seven-slat Jeep grille, boxy shape and squared-off wheel arches. The LED headlights have a charismatic lighting signature that gives the Avenger a very modern Jeep face – but still the family DNA from the Renegade and Compass is apparent, which is good for Jeep fans!

It has tonnes of attitude and a range of cool colours that suit it very well including bright red and aqua, as well as more subtle tones like grey, white and black. There are two trim levels to choose from for the Avenger petrol – Longitude and Altitude – with 16- or 17-inch alloy wheels that come with an attractive chunky design. The Altitude model also gets glossy black door mirror caps.

Interior

Inside, the little Jeep has quite a robust cabin with lots of hard black plastic but it doesn’t look too cheap and there’s no squeaks or rattles. It perhaps could do with a few more plusher materials or at least some colour. But it’s modern and well-equipped with plenty of storage up front including a nice shelf in the dash that’s handy to slot things into. The petrol gets a chunky silver gear selector, and there’s also nice seats embossed with the Jeep logo. There’s a large touchscreen as standard with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Cruise control and manual air conditioning are also included as standard.

The cabin of the Avenger
The cabin of the Avenger

The higher spec Altitude model gets an attractive full digital driver display, keyless entry, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, automatic air conditioning, rear view camera, wireless smartphone charging and six-speaker JBL audio system with subwoofer.

Practicality

The Avenger is a small car and that is most apparent in the back seat. It will feel cramped for two adults but realistically children should be fine. There are few amenities back there with no armrest or door bins but there is one USB-C port.

There’s more boot space than in the electric Avenger (380 litres vs 355 litres) so that might be appealing to some buyers. The boot has a split floor, which helps create a flat sill for getting things in and out.

The Altitude model also adds a handy powered tailgate.

The Jeep Avenger is happy on tarmac or sand!
The Jeep Avenger is happy on tarmac or sand!

Engines

The Avenger petrol uses a 1.2-litre petrol that appears in other cars from parent company Stellantis like the Opel Mokka and Peugeot 2008. It’s a well-proven engine and is equally capable in the Avenger where it’s offered with 100hp and a 6-speed manual gearbox. My average fuel consumption over a week of driving was 5.6 litres per 100 kilometres.

Driving

It’s a revelation to drive compared to other models in the Jeep range. With compact dimensions, it’s an ideal car for tight city streets or bopping along country roads. It can even hold its own out on the motorway. The steering is light and there’s not much in the way of feel, but it does have good body control through bends and a sort of chuckable manner that makes it endearing. It’s great fun to drive with the petrol engine proving to be lively and well-matched to the manual gearbox, which is a joy to use. It can be a little bit bumpy over rougher surfaces in town and country but it’s a small compromise for what is mostly a joyful small car to drive.

It’s not quite as refined or sophisticated overall as the closely related Peugeot 2008, with a bit more road noise getting into the cabin – but it makes up for it in attitude.

Boot space in the new Jeep Avenger
Boot space in the new Jeep Avenger

The Avenger is front wheel drive (there’s no four wheel drive version). There’s a few different driving modes to choose from like Normal, Sport and Eco as well as a few off-road modes for Snow, Sand and Mud. Ground clearance is quite good for a small SUV at 200+mm. One for the urban jungle!

Pricing

The Jeep Avenger petrol goes on sale from €31,495 for the Longitude and from €33,995 for the Altitude.

Verdict

The Jeep Avenger was one of the hottest new releases of 2023. Having secured the title of European Car of the Year, it marked a real resurgence for the Jeep brand in Europe with one of its most competitive models in years.

It’s already helping to grow the Jeep brand in Ireland once again.

The petrol Avenger on paper has a much more palatable entry price than the electric for what is quite a dinky car – though running costs are also important to consider when making a choice between petrol or electric.

Either way, if the Avenger is on your shopping list it’s good to know it’s a delightful small SUV with a little attitude and spark to it that makes it a great companion for the road.

The Jeep Avenger is a brilliant companion for the road
The Jeep Avenger is a brilliant companion for the road

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Written by Caroline Kidd

Founder and Editor of Changing Lanes, Juror for Irish Car of the Year