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Car and Driving ‘s Independent New of the Toyota Avensis 1.8 V-matic .

Ten Review

Smarter looking, built, more efficient and some mouthwateringly high-tech available, the latest Toyota strives to shuck off its rather image. Give it a chance and you well conclude that it Even in apparently humble V-matic entry-level petrol

Background

Stick with it s worth it. Granted, most s reactions to a Toyota Avensis are the same as their reaction to paint or a medium white loaf but in its revised third guise, it s time to leave the ideas behind. The Avensis has become something to contend

Approach it with an open and you ll appreciate its qualities.

It builds on solid if unspectacular foundations. The generation car arrived in 1998 and some respectable figures. The generation car landed in dealers in and quickly garnered a reputation for near-Lexus build quality at prices. The third Avensis landfall in 2009 and served up styling and was better looking, to drive and smartly equipped. Now has tidied up the styling, improved the and, like every manufacturer, promised better

We tried an entry-level 1.8 V-matic model to assess the changes.

Experience

The bar for driving dynamics in sector is set extremely high and the has been playing catch up a fast-moving target. There has some tweaking of suspension to offer a sharper drive but you ll in vain for a sporty model. said, it benefits from a decent setup with front and rear tracks and overhangs. The third generation car well and body control is with decently accurate if lacking in feel a little.


The updates will only on that.

Though most of this car will want the 2.0 D-4D diesel unit, s still a market for petrol served by the 1.8-litre V-matic we tried, a car which puts out a 145bhp. A six speed manual box as standard but a minority may wish to opt for the S continuously variable transmission steering wheel mounted shifts. It doesn t turn the into wholly convincing saloon though.

It needs a little more for that.

Design and Build

facelifts don t always seem as as they might have but Toyota are right on the money the Avensis. The biggest compliment you can pay to it is it doesn t rehashed. The slimmer the more aggressive front and the bolder grille give it a assertive look that it deserved. At the back, there s a bumper and light cluster

Alloy wheel designs also been revisited.

As there s plenty of space The generously proportioned cabin decent front and rear leg as well as a cavernous 509 litre The Tourer estate of course the higher figure, extendable to if you activate the neat one-touch mechanism and flatten the split-folding seats. Take a seat and it s not the most eye-catching cabin in the but we d wager it ll prove to be one of the most Quality has been improved across the board, with upholstery, dashboard trims, and door pulls.

The front seats have redesigned for better comfort and and the amber instrument backlighting on the binnacle is replaced by white

Market and Model

Prices from around the £20,000 That s for the saloon variant: the estate is around £1,000 Budget another £1,500 way for the TR trim level most

This kind of pricing is of directly comparable to that of rivals like Ford s Vauxhall s Insignia and Peugeot s

The big news with the latest is the integration of Toyota s information and systems. Toyota Touch, and Go and Touch and Go Plus setups a touch screen display in its ultimate guise, controls sat Bluetooth, an 11-speaker stereo, view camera, text voice recognition and speed warnings.

Otherwise, equipment the range runs to air conditioning, an audio system, heated adjustable door mirrors, front windows, seven body coloured door and bumpers and a multi-information display. The model can also be ordered a panoramic glass roof. interesting safety features as Lane Departure Warning, Keep Assist, Adaptive Adaptive Cruise Control and a Pre-Crash system are also Not so long ago this sort of kit was the of high-end luxury cars.

Now it s available on an Avensis.

Cost of

In the petrol 1.8, you ll manage and 152g/km, all of these figures for saloon variants, the Tourer only marginally worse. To owners get somewhere close to kinds of returns on an everyday and get the maximum range from the fuel tank, there s from a gearshift change to an Eco-route option on the sat nav system guides you towards the most route, as well as the fastest or the direct one. All of which lead to an efficiency standard to significantly impact your costs.

Not only will the emissions quality your for zero road tax in the first of ownership, but a Benefit-in-Kind rating from 20 to just 13% will the average 40% tax payer almost on his or her annual tax bill.

This kind of showing has of inestimable help in cementing car s reputation as a cost-effective car to run, the upon which most battles are won and lost in the medium marketplace. It also helps maintenance costs for this car are than nearly all its competitors. As a respected residual experts CAP that after the usual years and 36,000 miles, Avensis will be worth than rivals from Peugeot and Ford, holding on to as as 40% of its original value.

What Well there s the peace of of a five year warranty puts the cover provided by rivals to shame.

Summary

The Avensis is well worth a look — even in guise. It s almost like girl you d known since you a kid and thought was a bit of a plain Jane, to arrive at college with her to the guys falling over Forget the fact that it s an and you ll see it for what it is; one of the best-looking cars in its backed up by superb quality, low costs and a surprisingly broad repertoire.

The latest set of revisions do a little to what was already a very package and one that now makes of its rivals seem very indeed. By improving efficiency and some seriously impressive on board, Toyota has created that s at the same time yet surprisingly covetable. Did I just say about a Toyota Avensis? I m getting old or Toyota has smartened up its

Possibly a bit of both.

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