The all-new, all-electric Jeep® Avenger has been chosen as the winner of the Autovista Group Residual Value Award for Small BEVs.
“We are very excited about the Small BEV category, as over the last decade there has been an increasing number of heavy, large, and expensive all-electric models,’ said Dr Christof Engelskirchen, chief economist at Autovista Group. This comes at a time when mass-market adoption is the real challenge the technology is facing. The choice of small BEVs remains limited within used-car markets but there have been more new launches recently.”
The Small BEV category shortlist contained 26 cars, all making a top five position within one of the 17 countries Autovista Group experts analysed. In line with the Small BEV approach, the category examined all body types in the A and B-segment, with SUVs competing with small hatchbacks.
The recently-launched Jeep Avenger delivered the best performance in its category, according to the judges. Brand new, sturdy, and not so small for the segment at roughly 4.1m long, it also boasts a WLTP-combined range of 395km, putting it at the top of its group. “Most importantly, it is the deserving RV champion within the Small BEV category,” Engelskirchen said.
‘We are honoured to receive this important award from Autovista Group for the all-new Avenger as it will support sales and growth objectives of the Jeep brand in Europe,’ said Eric Laforge, Head of the Jeep Brand in Enlarged Europe. He attributed the Avenger’s high residual value to the BEVs exceptional quality and unique positioning within the B-segment.
“The all-new Avenger marks the Jeep brand’s entrance into the BEV arena, and it provides all-round freedom and a lot of interior room packaged in an approximate 4m SUV. It is very compact outside, but incredibly roomy inside with flexibility and space for people and gear. The Avenger is dynamic and easy to handle at the same time,” Laforge added.
While the BEV can achieve a 400km range (WLTP), this can increase to 550km when used in ‘city driving’. With fast-charging capabilities, the battery can go from a 20 percent charge to 80 percent in 24 minutes. For those on the go, three minutes at the plug is enough time to provide 30km of range.
“The European market has different needs and expectations, from North to South, and from West to East”, Laforge remarked. But the Jeep brand believes the Avenger can suit many different needs as the vehicle’s design and development were carried out in the European region. The model entered production at Stellantis’ Tychy plant in Poland at the start of this year, so customers will soon see the benefit of this regional approach.
“We believe Avenger is the right choice for those looking for a compact, robust and cool car, which offers state-of-the-art technology, space and comfort while delivering lots of fun,” Laforge concluded.
Project lead Christian Schneider explained how Autovista Group experts identified the European residual value champions this year. Equipped with forecast trade RVs of 36-month-old cars at 60,000km, analysts examined used-car market data from February to April 2023.
Models featuring particularly high or low horsepower and price points were not included so that mainstream models were central to the awards. Following this, the version of each model with the highest RV, expressed as a percentage of its retained list price (%RV) was found. Vehicles were then indexed by dividing their %RV by the category’s average %RV in each available market.
The RV champions were crowned based on the category’s average index across selected countries. This was weighted against each market’s new-car sales volumes, meaning remarkable results from high-volume markets were represented.
The Jeep Avenger performed particularly well in France, reaching an indexed %RV performance of 120%, with the Small BEV category average presented as 100%. Hungary, Austria, and Belgium saw very close results, at 119%, 118% and 116% respectively.
“The Jeep Avenger is one of the biggest surprises of 2023,” said Jose Pontes, data director at EV-volumes.com. “The brand has picked up on a well-proven formula – small crossovers built on an established platform, in this case, Stellantis’ eCMP platform. The carmaker has managed to create a BEV with a unique and original design. This is no small feat, considering the eCMP platform has spawned nine models from six different brands.”
“Given its approximate 4m size, the Jeep Avenger is quite effective as a city car. It is small, even within the small crossover category, and yet it does not lose out when it comes to space and practicality. On top of this, the Jeep Avenger adds off-road ability and impressive handling, making it one of the most fun-to-drive small crossovers on the market,” Pontes added.
As the carmaker’s first small BEV, the Avenger is an important model for the Jeep brand. Known for its rugged off-road options, the model gives the brand an opportunity to appeal to a new audience. “It appeals to those looking for a small, strong and rugged BEV, but not a large off-road vehicle,” explained Phil Curry, special content editor at Autovista24.
The brand has adapted its traditional design cues for the Avenger, meaning it is indisputably a Jeep SUV, but not one the market may expect. In a nod to the first Jeep vehicles, the seven-slot grille, boxy shape and rear lights styled to resemble a fuel can, all remain. The high ground clearance affords good visibility from the cockpit, yet the drive is comfortable and there is little body roll, making it feel planted on the road.
Inside, the cabin benefits from the car’s design, with plenty of headroom in both front and rear. The minimalist dashboard houses a 10.25-inch floating infotainment screen and several physical piano-style buttons, keeping that ‘rugged’ Jeep brand appeal. The centre tunnel also features an array of storage options that make the Avenger practical and family friendly.
“Overall, the Jeep Avenger manages to appeal to fans of the brand, while attracting new buyers. The carmaker has worked hard on positioning the B-SUV to grow its appeal in a changing market, and it succeeds,” said Curry.