The Avenger is available with 2.0- or 2.4-litre petrol engines, the latter with a four-speed automatic gearbox as standard. So far, we've only driven the one that's likely to be the biggest seller, the 138bhp 2.0 turbodiesel. The VW-sourced unit takes a while to get into its stride and performance is adequate rather than impressive.
Dodge Avenger Saloon ride & handling
The Avenger isn't bad to drive, but it falls well short of the high standards of the best cars in this class, such as the Ford Mondeo and VW Passat. The suspension doesn't control body movement well, so the ride is bouncy and the Avenger leans heavily through corners. The steering is vague, and it all combines to make an uninspiring driving experience.
Dodge Avenger Saloon refinement
The Avenger suppresses wind- and road noise reasonably well, but its diesel engine lets the side down: it's noisy when worked hard and, even when settled in sixth gear on the motorway, it's too vocal for comfort. The gearshift isn't particularly smooth, either.