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By Colin Overland
04 December 2008 09:39
For a new car, the British-built new Toyota Avensis looks and feels remarkably similar to the old one. The Avensis faithful will see this as a good thing. In much the same way that you’d worry if a BBC newsreader arrived on your screen one day with a pink mohican and LOVE and HATE tattooed on his knuckles, you don’t look to the Avensis for innovation and novelty value. It’s safe, reassuring and reliable.
Designed in the south of France, the third-generation Avensis is available in saloon and estate forms (but no hatchback), with a choice of new petrol engines and revised diesels. It has a slightly sharper look, with a hint of Cadillac or Saab around the nose, although mostly it looks like an old Avensis that’s been gently squashed. It’s actually the same height as before, but 50mm longer and 50mm wider.
Not really, it still feels like a regular family car, whereas the once class-defining Ford has moved into an altogether chubbier, harder-to-park place. The Toyota also weighs more than the car it replaces, but only by 10kg.
There’s good room for four adults inside, plus a good-size child in the middle at the back. The doors are all big and open wide, so even a dodgy hip won’t stop you getting in and out easily. The long, shallow boot has a decent 509 litres of space, although the forwardmost parts take quite a stretch to reach. There’s a full-size spare under the boot floor. So far, so sensible.
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RE: Toyota Avensis 2.2 D-4D 150 (2009) CAR review
I know I'm repeating myself, but even if this car had a Bugatti's engine, an Aston's beauty and a Smart Diesel's frugality, that fake wood would just kill it. But, fortunately, it doesn't, so I don't have to waste any more thoughts on the issue.
08 December 2008 17:13
My company sets a CO2 limit of 190 g/km but sets no limit on engine size. Therefore a 2.2 litre diesel makes a lot of sense because you get a higher mileage rate. Hence there are quite a few Hondas in the fleet. They're also a customer, which helps.
05 December 2008 21:48
If any manufacturer could come up with something a bit more funky in this sector it would surly be a sales success, Also Why 2.2 L?... My company's rule, informed by HMRC's advisory rates, dictate that I can lease up to 2Ld due to the watershed for higher pence per mile expense claim (up to 2l 11p over 2l 14p/mile). Therefore regardless of CO2 performance My company wouldn't let me lease this, in view of the fact that most modern 2L Diesel engines propel even bruisers like the Mondeo with commendable gusto, why is another manufacturer opting for UK company car unfriendly extra 200cc
05 December 2008 19:25
Inoffensive, reliable, Toyota. It looks like a petrol Prius. Not bad. Normal people will buy it in the normal quantity. Car lovers will demise it like all have done here. Nothing new. Will rent one in my next travel to the Nordic countries at least it will not break down.
05 December 2008 17:06
Toyota must have gone mad not to make the new Avensis without an hatchback.
I have owned 5 Avensis's 2 of the original shape and 3 of the current shape. Starting with the T4 then the T Spirit and now the T180 and all them hatchbacks.
I have been waiting for the new Avensis for sometime, but now it looks like I shall be leaving Toyota for the new Vauxhall Insignia.
I wonder how many more will be leaving Toyota because of this stupid decision?
05 December 2008 16:36
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