Toyota Avensis Road Test (2012)

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Toyota Avensis Review

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Recent changes, including a new engine turbocharger and extra insulation, have achieved a slight reduction in noise output and improved the car’s refinement. Insulation has been improved to further quieten the cabin. Noise levels are generally quite good.

Comfort and Refinement

Recent changes, including a new engine turbocharger and extra insulation, have achieved a slight reduction in noise output and improved the car’s refinement. Insulation has been improved to further quieten the cabin. Noise levels are generally quite good, with only modest engine noise intrusion and not much road rumble from under the car. There was a slight fluffing sound from a door trim on our test car, though, unusually for Toyota. The seats are comfortably supportive, though not exceptionally so as they are quite firmly upholstered.

Safety and Security

The car is rated as five stars under Euro NCAP. A Thatcham category 1 alarm and immobiliser are standard. The Avensis comes equipped with seven airbags and a stability control system with steering torque assist.

Infotainment

There is a Touch and Go satnav and infotainment system, newly added from early 2012 when the revised model went on sale. It is well designed and intuitive to use, and the sound quality of the audio system is good. The satnav takes a seven-digit postcode, and connectivity with Bluetooth and MP3 are standard. In top-of-the-range versions there are extra features including voice activation and emails on the move. An electric parking brake is standard with manual gearbox models, and it engages automatically when you switch off the ignition.

Rivals
  • Volkswagen Passat
  • Vauxhall Insignia
  • Ford Mondeo
What We Liked
  • Improved cabin decor
  • Intuitive Touch and Go satnav
  • Improvement in running costs
  • Better bet now for company car drivers
  • Longer-than-usual warranty
What We Disliked
  • Not particularly engaging to drive, feels rather bland
  • Cabin good quality but rather corporate
What We Would Like To See
  • Sharper driving dynamics
Conclusion

We like the Avensis, but we do not love it. Although Toyota talks about the latest car as the new Avensis, it has really only undergone a mid-life update, and a brand new model is still three or four years away. That is a pity, because the Toyota is up against rival models that deliver a more satisfying driving experience. With its new grille and engine tweaks, the Avensis now has a fresher face and stronger appeal, but it is not really going to worry any of its more accomplished rivals.

16 January 2012 Sue Baker
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Toyota Avensis Road Test Data
Model ReviewedToyota Avensis Toyota Avensis TR 2.0 D-4D
  
Body TypeSaloon
ColourDeep Titanium
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph9.7 seconds
Top Speed 124 mph
  
Transmission6-Speed Manual
  
Fuel TypeDiesel
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban50.4 mpg
Extra Urban72.4 mpg
Combined62.8 mpg
  
Insurance Group18
Euro NCAP Rating5 Star
Warranty5 years / 100,000 miles
Price (when tested on the 16/01/12)£22,560 circa

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