Jeep Avenger and e208 win, Tesla plays it Apple, Volvo XC40/C40 more autonomous

This was the little surprise of the week that some auto journalists still haven’t recovered from: Jeep Avenger was named car of the year!

A surprise, because the car was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show last October. never tried by the press. It seems that the sounds are mainly focused on the appearance, which is quite successful, although it is very consensual compared to American Jeeps – no risks on the part of the manufacturer.

Jeep that no one has tried yet!

VE: Win for Jeep Avenger and e208, Tesla plays it Apple, Volvo XC40/C40 is more autonomous

Another source of wonder is a Technical clone of e2008 and e208, cars that sell well in Europe (see below), but have been based on the same Stellantis e-CMP platform for years. Still, it’s not really such a model: the very high consumption of the current engines struggles to offer more than 350 km of WLTP autonomy (160 at 100% highway), even if a new block and a few extra kWh are required. allow it to slightly exceed these values ​​- but don’t expect to exceed 400Km WLTP (200 on the highway). A little tight for the family compact, isn’t it? Not to mention the charging power, which is limited to 100 kW, one of the lowest on the market.

VE: Win for Jeep Avenger and e208, Tesla plays it Apple, Volvo XC40/C40 is more autonomous

Finally, no petrol block or 4×4 for this urban adventurer, the Jeep Avenger indeed borrows the improved snow and mud traction from Peugeot. Plus, some have noticed that the angles of attack are a bit too light, including for supermarket pavements…

VE: Win for Jeep Avenger and e208, Tesla plays it Apple, Volvo XC40/C40 is more autonomous

Still, it should sell well at €36,500 (base price)., but at €42,500 for a reversing camera and semi-autonomous driving, we’re approaching Tesla prices here, offering 100km more autonomy and more space on board – without the Supercharger and the screens. Let’s not get carried away, I admit, still I really want to try it on the small roads of Chamonix In the spring…

The e208 is selling well in Europe

Besides, maybe we should stop making fun of Peugeot and its boss Carlos Tavares.. Because even if the manufacturer has really fallen behind in terms of efficiency, infotainment and even connectivity, it seems the vehicles are still as popular as ever. That’s right, une e208 is quite successful in terms of styleand it is especially pleasant to drive on electric – good recovery and a really successful chassis.

VE: Win for Jeep Avenger and e208, Tesla plays it Apple, Volvo XC40/C40 is more autonomous

The e208 is indeed the new leader of the 100% electric B segment in Europe in 2022. : realize that 1 in 4 cars sold is a Peugeot in this segment! With 76,000 buyers, Peugeot even manages to beat some of its better-placed Asian rivals on a purely electric level.

By presenting the 100% electric PEUGEOT INCEPTION concept car at the Las Vegas Motor Show on January 6, 2023, the Brand confirms its ambition to become the market leader for 100% electric vehicles in Europe. manufacturer says but 2023 promises to be a complicated year for the groupAmong the price cuts at Tesla, the new electric Megane, and many Asian cars (like the MG4) that offer downright cheap prices.

Volvo XC40 and C40 gain autonomy

Volvo, another brand that wants to be 100% electric in 2030 and struggles to come up with light and efficient vehicles, decided to update the 2023 XC40 and C40 series.

VE: Win for Jeep Avenger and e208, Tesla plays it Apple, Volvo XC40/C40 is more autonomous

Two small SUVs pass the range From 425 and 438 Km WLTP to 514 and 533 Km WLTP! A big difference is related to a bigger battery (82 instead of 77 kW) and also some optimizations in terms of consumption – maybe a better transition between different engines, as Tesla does. Mind you the motorization is generous, it’s a big 4×4 with 400CV. And with him With a 200 kW charge, you can recover 80% of your autonomy in 28 minutes – As good as Model 3!

VE: Win for Jeep Avenger and e208, Tesla plays it Apple, Volvo XC40/C40 is more autonomous

More affordable versions with a A 69 kWh battery is still offered, with 460 and 476 Km WLTP respectively for the coupe. There, too, we gain efficiency thanks to the transition from traction to motion. The engine also gets 7 ponies for a total of 238CV. Unfortunately, charging remains rather slow: you have to 34 minutes to recover 80% only 150 kW.

Prices in France start at €48,950 for the XC40 and €54,050 for the C40.

Is Tesla cheating on performance brakes?

Finally, a small scandal that enameled the Tesla Model Y in recent days: does the manufacturer cheat on the brakes offered in the versions? performance ?

Actually on the official website The Performance Package includes many performance brakes :

VE: Win for Jeep Avenger and e208, Tesla plays it Apple, Volvo XC40/C40 is more autonomous

The problem has been discovered by a popular American prop specialist (ZEV Centric) which has replaced the brakes offered on the Model Y Performance. Instead of the larger Brembo calipers usually installed, Tesla replaced them with Mando models, without telling anyone. As you can see in the picture, they are also in different sizes:

VE: Win for Jeep Avenger and e208, Tesla plays it Apple, Volvo XC40/C40 is more autonomous

To facilitate the public (still paid an additional 5000 euros), The Tesla Performance version will use simple red covers :

VE: Win for Jeep Avenger and e208, Tesla plays it Apple, Volvo XC40/C40 is more autonomous

Are these the same brakes as the Long Range version? The answer is no Tesla (correct) because the discs offer an extra 2mm of thickness, but their diameter is the same. Additionally, braking will be similar between the two models Performance (before and after surgery) Red hat).

VE: Win for Jeep Avenger and e208, Tesla plays it Apple, Volvo XC40/C40 is more autonomous

Some will cry scandal, some are not so serious, it remains only for the price, The difference between the Long Autonomy version is still debatable, with special wheels, a few dozen extra horsepower, a small spoiler and slightly lower suspension. These experiences will remind us of the experiences of Apple, which has no qualms about introducing slower SSDs in its latest machines without telling anyone… claiming that the user will see nothing but fire. As a customer, you sometimes feel like you’ve been taken for a ham.

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