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Toyota Avensis

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Toyota Avensis

The Toyota Avensis is a superb all-round family car

Engine Engine power Fuel consumption Fuel type 0-100 (0-60) Top speed
1.6 WT-i 110 hp 7.2 l/100km Petrol 12 s 190 km/h
2.0 D-4D 116 hp 5.6 l/100km Diesel 11.2 s 195 km/h
1.8 WT-i 129 hp 7.2 l/100km Petrol 10.3 s 200 km/h
2.0 D-4 147 hp 8.1 l/100km Petrol 9.4 s 205 km/h
2.2 D-4D 148 hp 5 l/100km Diesel 9.3 s 210 km/h
2.4 i 16V D-4 163 hp 9.5 l/100km Petrol 9.1 s 220 km/h
2.2 D-4D 175 hp 5.1 l/100km Diesel 8.6 s 220 km/h

Body type Sedan
Number of doors 4
Number of seats 5
Engine position Front
Driven wheels Front
Length 4 630 mm
Width 1 760 mm
Height 1 480 mm
Wheelbase 2 700 mm
Ground clearance ?
Weight (normal) 1 245 kg
Weight (max) 1 820 kg
Boot space (min) 520 l
Boot space (max) 520 l
Fuel capacity 60 l


   The Toyota Avensis was produced between 2003 and 2008. It was available as a hatchback, sedan or estate. This car was slightly restyled in 2006.

   There is a choice of four petrol engines and three diesels. The 1.8- and 2.0-liter petrol units provide decent urge. The 2.0-liter turbo diesel has lots of mid-range pull and is well suited for a motorway cruising. The 2.2-liter turbo diesel, developing 175 hp tops up the range.

   Suspension of the new Avenis is firm, and that firmness does not fade as the speed increases. However there's plenty of grip and lean through corners is well controlled.

   In generally petrol engines of the Avensis are quiet, but the noise increases as the revs go up. Diesel engines are hardly heard at all at the motorway speeds. Wind noise is well kept away, bet the road noise gets inside the cabin.

   The Avensis is competitively priced. Resale values are respectable too. Engines are carried over from the previous model, so reliability shouldn't be a cause for concern.

   Inside the cabin everything is well put together. Plastics and trim are solid and rattle-free. All controls work are logically laid out and are easy to read and to use. Furthermore all of them work with precision, expected from Toyota. There are a number of storage points around the driver. Driver's position is very good.

   At the back of the Avensis there is enough head- and legroom for 3 adults. Furthermore car has a generous boot. However access to the sedan's boot is not that easy as in the hatch. Sedan's rear seats do not fold completely flat, where the hatch versions' do.

   The Toyota Avensis has a maximum five-star Euro NCAP crash test rating. It comes with twin front, side and curtain airbags. There is also a driver's knee airbag. Anti-lock brakes are standard across the range. All autos come with a standard alarm, deadlocks and marked parts, to keep the thieves away.

   Every Avensis comes with generous list of standard equipment. Every car has some sort of air conditioning, the T3-X, T-4 and T Spirit trims are completed with a dual-zone climate control. These trims are also fitted with a satellite navigation as standard.


   Advantages: Excellent fit and finish in a car that provides a fine drive and plenty of interior space. Good safety kit.

   Disadvantages: Not as good on bumpy roads as some of it's rivals and there's excessive road noise on the motorway.

   Verdict: Superb all-round family package.

   Also consider: Ford Mondeo, Volkswagen Passat.


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