Toyota has greatly revised its fleet favorite, but reliability remains its prime strength. Toyota is brutally authentic about the Avensis, avoiding the usual car manufacturer references to Mr. and Mrs. Luxury embarking on a trip to the Principality of Premiumness, and as an alternative extolling Toyota’s traditional virtues of worth, reliability and stability. Toyota Avensis latest version of the car is actually created on the previous one, which was presented back in 2009. However, it now includes smarter looks inside and out, and a powerful 2.0-litre diesel engine borrowed from BMW.
The Skoda Superb, VW Passat and Ford Mondeo, all propose more space. But the Avensis is quite far from cramped inside; four adults will decently fit relatively comfortably.
Similarly, while the boot isn’t class leading, yet it’s a good size – not for nothing is the Avensis prevalent along with mini-cab drivers. And the storage spaces in the car are ample and well thought out.
The Toyota Avensis is accessible along with 1.6- and 2.0-litre diesel engines, both of which are sensibly smooth and quiet. Inopportunely, there is too much of road noise on the motorway and the driving position is quite far from ideal; the whole range of seat and steering wheel adjustment is relatively restricted,
so six-footers will perhaps feel like they’re sitting too high and extending to reach the wheel. There is also a marginally nibby quality to the drive over small bumps and road ripples, but your passengers will be effortlessly comfortable on the motorway.
The Toyota Avensis is a cool car to see out of, plus its manual (non-automatic) gearbox has a slick action and the steering is light enough around the town to make manoeuvring simple. Though, while the 1.6-litre diesel engine might be suitable if you lived on a Lincolnshire Fen and supported nothing heavier than fresh air, it senses pretty gutless during the type of driving most of us do.
The 2.0-litre diesel is a much better choice, pulling hard from around 1,700rpm. It easily bowls the smart Avensis along A-roads without the requirement for frequent gear changes. The 1.6-litre diesel Avensis averages almost 67.3mpg in official EU economy tests, as well as the 2.0-litre diesel 62.8mpg. Those figures sound remarkable enough in isolation, but the corresponding versions of the VW Passat both average greater than 70mpg, while the 1.6 diesel Ford Mondeo achieves 78.5mpg.
The experts of safety at Euro NCAP haven’t crash verified the latest Toyota Avensis, but test takers hope it to perform well because the former model, to which it is closely related, attained the maximum five-star rating. In addition, every Avensis appears along with seven airbags and tyre-pressure monitoring. And as long as you ignore the base specification there’s a raft of driver aids, involving lane-departure and blind-spot warning systems.
Overall, the Toyota Avensis has a strong and practically economical 2.0-litre diesel engine and it should outlast you.Read More