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Car and ‘s Independent Used of the Toyota Avensis (2003 2009) Range .

Introduction

Models Covered:

(4dr 5dr hatchback / estate 1.8, 2.4 petrol, 2.0 diesel [T2, T3, T3-S, T4, T Spirit, T180])

Toyota were faced a dilemma when developing the Avensis. The market for mainstream range family saloons and was shrinking fast with increasingly likely to downsize to a hatch or try to preserve their by plumping for something with a badge. Should the company the Avensis a cheap and cheerful car followed its predecessor s lightweight, low approach or else make a commitment to moving upmarket all the costs that entailed?

took the gamble and pitched the at the quality end of the medium range covering their bets a broad range that a hatch, a saloon and a Tourer with a range of decent 1.8 and petrol engines.

In November 2003, Toyota the range with a clean diesel engined version used a revolutionary catalyst to lower emissions still This initially sold the less high-tech D4-D engine that had been to the range a few months earlier. A 2.4-litre petrol model joined the range at the end of 2003 and in 2005 we saw a 148bhp 2.2-litre diesel introduced.

The 2006 brought a variety of changes to the although the styling remained nondescript. Ride and handling were addressed through suspension and steering settings D4-D 130 and D4-D 180 diesels also introduced.


What You Get

in France, the latest car is firmly being marketed solely on continent. It s bigger, bolder and far looking than the Mark 1 and has gone about deconstructing the saloon genre with a

Three bodystyles are available saloon, liftback and Tourer while three petrol were initially on offer. could choose either a 1.8-litre VVT-i engine, a 2.0-litre direct injection powerplant or a 2.4-litre version of direct injection configuration. The set-up is Toyota s variable timing system which decent torque and fuel at low revs and a hefty slug of at full throttle. You can also try to an example with the 116bhp D-4D diesel engine or go for the 2.0-litre D-CAT (Diesel Advanced Technology) diesel.

The diesel models arrived and the post 2006 facelift was offered in sporty T180 with a 2.2-litre 177bhp plumbed in.

Trim levels on your choice between options: T2, the rather clumsily-named and T3-X, T4 and T Spirit. All come air conditioning, an alarm immobiliser, windows and mirrors, ABS and an excellent stereo system. The T3 grades are there to differentiate between who want satellite navigation from those who simply extra luxury (T3-X).

T4 offers both, while the T Spirit level also power seats with trim.

Safety was prioritised all models getting no fewer nine airbags as standard, a driver knee airbag represents a UK first. Secreted the steering column, this protects the driver s knees and legs from injury. from an old Avensis into the of the post-2003 car and you ll spot no significant resemblance. The doors thunk like a Lexus and it was to their division that Toyota to imbue the Avensis interior a genuinely upmarket feel.

It to have worked. Soft plastics, neat metallic and a huge cabin make the feel a class up.

What You Pay

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Replacement Parts

(approx on a 1.8 five-door T3) Although pitched a above what you d expect to out for Vauxhall or Ford spares, s parts pricing policy has under the microscope of late the result that many have been frozen or A clutch assembly will in the region of £160, whilst an is around £350. A new starter retails for around £175, a replacement headlamp will be in the of £220.

Repair costs been kept down a consequent effect on insurance

On the Road

Better sound has reduced weight and decreased but to give some illustration as to how Toyota took refinement, didn t choose the most car in the class — let s say the Vauxhall — as a comparison when the post-2003 Avensis. Instead chose the Lexus LS400 as a and claim that even at there is zero wind from the door mirrors. The and the Peugeot 406 were identified as leaders in the area of steering handling and ride and Toyota tuned the steering for better

The compact strut front is similar to that of the Corolla, but the is a modified version of the Celica s system. One advantage of this is it reduces intrusion into the bay, the saloon version a 520-litre boot.

The 1.8-litre will sprint to 60mph in seconds and return 39.2mpg, it quicker, more powerful and economical than equivalent variants of the Mazda6, the Renault the Ford Mondeo and the Vauxhall

Unlike the D4-D range, the D-CAT range is only in saloon guise; liftback and buyers will have to their heels for a while. one variant of this diesel is currently offered, a 114bhp that delivers a decent of torque — 280Nm to be Performance is reasonable, the Avensis 60mph in 11.2 seconds and on to a top speed of 121mph, but this car isn t all straight line speed, offering a relaxed and flexible delivery that means you won t to frantically stir the stick you need to make progress

Overall

The Toyota Avensis was in 2003. If you want a rugged, built and beautifully specified mid range model, the Avensis some beating. It may not be the most car in its class but it might just be the solid.

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