Toyota Avensis Review

Toyota Avensis
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Toyota Avensis Review

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The T3-S adds 16-inch alloy wheels and turn-by-turn (showing route direction symbols but no map) satellite navigation with ETA, Electronic Traffic Avoidance, while T3-X goes a step further with automatic headlights, a height-adjustable seat for the front passenger and, on D4D models, cruise control.

T3-S adds 16-inch alloy wheels and turn-by-turn (showing route direction symbols but no map) satellite navigation with ETA, Electronic Traffic Avoidance, while T3-X goes a step further with automatic headlights, a height-adjustable seat for the front passenger and, on D4D models, cruise control. The price is the same for both T3 models but the X loses the sat-nav in lieu of automatic air-con, automatic wipers, heated and retractable door mirrors and front fogs.

The T4 trim has a mixture of the T3 elements and adds cruise control as standard. If that’s still not enough, the T Spirit models deliver 17-inch alloy wheels, 6-CD autochanger, electrically operated front seats with lumbar support and leather upholstery.

New for 2007 is the top of the range T180. This version has much the same specification as the T Spirit, with dual-zone climate control, the turn-by-turn sat-nav system, cruise control etc. but is distinguished by a dark grey front grille with chrome inserts and 17-inch smoked alloy wheels. Inside, there’s silver stitching for the leather-clad, multi-functional, rake and reach-adjustable, steering wheel and gear lever and the seats are upholstered in leather and Alcantara, which is a spongeable suede material.

The new model year also sees upgraded interiors, with new fabrics and higher quality fascia trims. The T180 has a metallic-effect centre console and sports seats front and back. The rear seats in the saloon have a 60:40 split and fold function and on the hatch and Tourer they double fold to form a flat floor. Both the saloon and the Tourer have a minimum load capacity of 520-litres - the hatch is 10-litres less. However, for the hatch this can be increased to a maximum of 1,320-litres and 1,500 for the estate.

We tested the T180 hatchback, priced at £21,515 - the saloon is the same price and the estate is £1,000 more. Prices start at £15,515 for the saloon or hatchback T2 with 1.8 VVT-I engine the Tourer version is not available in this configuration.

The T180 comes with the new 2.2-litre D-4D 180 engine only. This is clearly badged on the back but the label just behind the front wheel arch reads D-CAT, which stands for Diesel - Clean Advanced Technology. It is designed to reduce nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate emissions by way of the Diesel Particulate NOx Reduction system or DPNR. The CO2 emissions are posted as 161g/km putting it in VED Band D.

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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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