Dodge Avenger 2008 review
Dodge Avenger debuted at the Paris Motor Show 2006, went on sale in early 2007. This D segment sedan is distinguished by an energetic, aggressive style of Dodge cars, an economical engine, a high level of safety and reliability on the road. Avenger ("avenger" in Russian) is the first Dodge model of the D segment for Europe and the fourth brand model to be introduced to mass markets outside of North America.
Technically, the Avenger is the same as the Chrysler Sebring. Avenger has the same platform, the same engines, and even the suspension settings are exactly the same. But from the outside it is not noticeable. Being veiled Avenger - this aggression. The pronounced brutality leaves no doubt - in front of us is an American car. Corporate cross on the grille, large modern square headlights framed with black frames, huge protruding wheel arches and completely unimaginable shape of the rear wing will not remain unnoticed. Fog lights mounted on the bottom of the front bumper give the Dodge Avenger a complete look. The proportions of the sedan when viewed from the side are determined by a long hood, short trunk, a pronounced shoulder line in the rear of the car and an elegant rear spoiler. The swiftness of the silhouette is underlined by the black application of the pillar and the insert resembling an aerodynamic element on the rear door.
Wide gauge, low ground clearance, low thresholds create the impression of a car that clings to the road. 19-inch, silver-colored five-spoke rims complement the look. Red brake calipers are clearly visible through the wheels. Body-colored handles and folding mirrors complete the sporty Avenger look. The tailgate is framed by expressive design taillights located in the corners of the body. Designers did their best. As a result, the car looks very solid and, perhaps most importantly, does not resemble anyone.
In a large cabin Dodge Avenger will feel comfortable driver and four passengers. The maximum height above the front seats is 1,016 mm, the width at shoulder level is 1,433 mm, and the width at the level of the hips for the front seats is 1,352 mm. The luggage compartment is competitive and is equal to 438 liters. Spare full-size wheel is located in a hidden niche.
The interior is simple and concise. The look attracts the V-shaped central console. In the front panel above the glove compartment there is a separate cooled beverage container. Carefully selected texture of interior trim materials with a noble matte sheen gives the Avenger interior solidity. And as an option, the manufacturer offers a seat cushion with YES Essentials fabric, which does not fade, does not absorb dirt and odors and, moreover, is very easy to clean.
The car is delivered to Russia with two petrol engines. The 2.0-liter World Engine series gasoline engine with a dual variable valve timing system (VVT), variable volume intake manifold, two counter-rotating balancing shafts and other modern features in terms of efficiency and fuel efficiency claims to be the best four-cylinder engine in this segment. In combination with a five-speed manual gearbox, this engine develops a maximum power of 115 kW (156 hp) and a maximum torque of 190 Nm.
The other engine of the World Engine series (a 2.4-liter gasoline unit with a double VVT system) is aggregated with a 4-speed automatic transmission having an Auto Stick function, which gives the driver the opportunity to use it in automatic or manual modes. This power plant develops a maximum power of 125 kW (170 hp) and a maximum torque of 220 Nm. Acceleration to 100 km, in accordance with the specifications, 11 seconds. Regarding fuel consumption, the Avenger in urban conditions spends 12.3 liters, in the combined cycle - 8.9.
Both engines comply with Euro-4 regulations. American versions of the Avenger will get more powerful engines.
The car offers a set of the best in class equipment to ensure the safety of the driver and passengers. The power frame of the steel body is formed by elements made of two-phase high- and heavy-duty steels, which are designed to effectively protect the driver and passengers in all situations. The highest strength of the Avenger body is complemented by a set of equipment included in the basic configuration: Dynamic Stability System (ESP), advanced multi-stage frontal airbags, side airbags and full-size side curtains (six pieces in total), anti-lock braking system (ABS), emergency braking system, traction control.
Acquisition for Russia is one - SE, but in two packages P1 and P2. In addition to standard equipment (air conditioning, security systems, etc.), the P1 package includes seat trim with Yes Essentials cloth, front and rear salon floor mats, heated front seats, fog lights, a radio with MP3, CD / DVD player. The P2 package includes all the options of the P1 package, plus the Easy Clean Seat Group optional equipment package. Europe and other international markets are offered SXT equipment.
In general, Avenger makes a pleasant impression. This is due to the eccentric appearance and comfortable functional interior. Perhaps, those who expect from a car with such aggressive appearance of the same dynamic behavior on the road, Avenger will disappoint a little, but the American car can not be twitchy and fussy. First of all, it offers comfort, safety and confidence on the road.