Toyota Avensis Review (2007)

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Toyota Avensis Review

Toyota Avensis Review | Part TwoToyota Avensis Road Test

It may be Toyota’s European flagship model but a straw poll amongst friends revealed that it is considered bland.

It may be Toyota’s European flagship model but a straw poll amongst friends revealed that it is considered bland.

I’ll admit that the Avensis, particularly the older versions, is a favourite with mini-cab drivers almost to the point of being a cliché. But clichés happen for a reason and in this case it’s because it is a good all-round car and it just got better.

The current version of the Avensis was launched in 2003 and has recently undergone some restyling and re-engineering for 2007 and gained two new diesel engines in the process.

Cosmetically, the changes amount to a revamped front end featuring a new grille and bumpers and the indicators are now integrated into the revised door mirrors for increased visibility. The rear end gains new light clusters and minor styling changes.

The Avensis remains available in hatch, saloon and Tourer estate versions so there’s something for everyone, which is especially valuable if the car is used for both work and family. There are no less than six trim levels to choose from including the new T180.

The T2 trim now has an improved MP3 compatible CD player with a Digital Sound Processor and Automatic Sound Leveliser. Even this base model has nine airbags, including one to protect the driver’s knees.

Toyota Avensis Review | Part TwoToyota Avensis Road Test
Toyota Avensis Road Test Data
Model ReviewedToyota Avensis T180 2.2 D4D
  
Body Type5-Door Hatchback
ColourSilver Fern
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph8.6 Seconds
Top Speed 137 mph
  
Transmission6-Speed Manual
  
Fuel TypeDiesel
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban37.2 mpg
Extra Urban54.3 mpg
Combined46.3mpg
  
Insurance Group12
Euro NCAP Rating5
Warranty3-Year / 60,000 Mile Warranty
Price (when tested on the 28/01/07)£21,515

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