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What is it?
The Toyota Avensis is a large family car with a loyal customer following from those that appreciate Toyota’s legendary record for reliability and high levels of comfort and refinement. The Avensis, available as a saloon or an estate was first launched in 1997 and has recently been extensively updated.
What is the Toyota Avensis like to drive?
The Avensis majors on ride comfort and refinement. This car will allow any driver to do very high mileages in total comfort. It is equally happy at home ploughing the UK’s motorway network or in stop-start traffic round town.
What engines are available?
Toyota offers a super-simple engine line-up in the Avensis. There’s one petrol engine; a 1.8-litre 147hp unit. And there’s two diesels, a 112hp 1.6-litre and a 143hp 2.0- litre. The petrol is the only engine available with an automatic gearbox.
What are the key standard features of the Toyota Avensis?
The Avensis range starts with the Active trim level which includes 16in steel wheels, LED day running lights, leather steering wheel, powered windows, manual air conditioning, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, CD radio with Bluetooth, cruise control and a monochrome information screen.
- Business Edition adds 17in alloy wheels, sat nav, power-fold door mirrors, auto lights and wipers, power windows in the rear, powered lumbar adjustment for the front seats, auto aircon, front fog lights, 8in colour touchscreen, USB and aux connections, DAB radio (but no CD player) and a reversing camera.
- Business Edition Plus adds leather seats, keyless entry and start, privacy glass and cornering front fog lights.
- Exel trim adds 18in alloys, panoramic sunroof on the estate, powered and heated front seats with memory, improved stereo and on the estate, integrated roof rails.
What are the key options?
A parking pack is one of the key options which includes front and rear sensors. There are also packs for better entertainment systems, towing and a protection pack that adds mudflaps, boot liner and door sill scuff plates.
How spacious is the Toyota Avensis?
There’s plenty of room for five adults in the Avensis with generous rear-seat legroom. Both the saloon and estate also have plenty of headroom in the rear too. The Avensis excels at carrying luggage. The saloon has a 509 litre boot while the estate sees this rise to 543 litres which is up with the class best. With the estate’s seats folded it can carry up to 1609 litres of luggage.
What will it cost to run?
The 1.6-litre diesel is exceptionally favourable for benefit in kind tax for the company car driver. With a CO2 figure of just 108g/km (or 109g/km for the estate) and an official mpg of 67.3, it sits in the 19% tax band. The 2.0-litre diesel comes in at a competitive 119 or 120g/km for the saloon and estate respectively.
What safety features does it have?
The Avensis comes with seven airbags as standard and a host of electronics to keep occupants safe. The Pre-Collision system is an emergency autonomous braking facility, there’s also lane departure warning and on some trim levels road-sign assist. The current Avensis also has a five-star EuroNCAP rating with a 93% occupant protection score.
The alternatives include the Ford Mondeo, Hyundai i40, Kia Optima, Mazda6, Peugeot 508, Skoda Superb, Vauxhall Insigniaand VW Passat.