Toyota Avensis – CARmag.co.za

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Toyota Avensis

The Avensis is a family car with all the virtues expect from a Toyota. to its European origin, the solid is not as bland as a Camry and, its specification list will those who value substance style. By Mike Fourie,

The Avensis is a spacious family car all the virtues consumers expect a Toyota. Thanks to its European the solid saloon is not as bland as a and, its high specification will impress those who substance over style…

Three guises of the Avensis’ the Camry, have been in SA since the early ‘90s. the Camry achieved good during its tenure, the final – an Australian-built model – was conspicuous for its dimensions and otherwise unimaginative At the launch of Toyota’s new saloon the Prospecton-based company openly that Avensis was introduced to to the local public’s general for Eurocentric automotive designs.

You can see influences in the Avensis’ styling… a bonnet line, pronounced headlamp clusters, sweeping character lines on the flanks and brake lights housed in tail-lamp clusters… But that’s not to say the big is a beauty. Its front end, by a U-shaped slatted grille, is and too derivative of that seen on the and the rear is neat, but rather Other gripes?

The Avensis’ remote steering detracts from the saloon’s ride and road-holding.

But, from those criticisms, the big is hard to fault. The Avensis is 4,6 m 1,4 m high and has a large cabin can seat five in comfort. And five adults on board, space is no less than a 520 dm3.

Given the solid quality I observed on vehicles in the media launch fleet, and the standard specification list – the saloon is a competitive offering, at base level.

The Advanced specification is offered either a five-speed manual or automatic 2,0-litre four-cylinder Full leather trim passenger seats are eight-way adjustable), individual controls for the climate control, automatic wipers, electrochromatic interior mirror, eight-speaker CD audio with MP3 and WMA compatibility, one touch windows front and rear, remote side mirrors, and a covered steering wheel satellite audio controls and control are all standard.

The direct-injection 16-valve petrol-powered engine to “Advanced” models offers variable valve timing and a maximum of 108 kW and 196 N.m of torque. According to the manual version can exceed 200 and consume 8,1 litres per 100 km in the combined fuel consumption cycle.

And, although the plucky has to work hard to propel the Avensis, it is flattered by the NVH-suppression Toyota adopted for the range… alloys were utilised for the of the engines, interior build was stepped up, new sound deadening is credited for annoying high noises and large door and foam were inserted body structure components.

On the road, the Avensis has good #8211; 17-inch tyres are #8211; a compliant ride thanks to the saloon’s refined strut front and double (Celica-derived) rear suspension (both front and rear feature dynamic dampers to road noise). The respective in the Avensis lineup don’t encourage enthusiastic driving a family saloon #8211; not a Lexus, after all), but a is bound to experience the saloon as ever-predictable and relaxed whether he or she is the steering wheel or not.

up from the “Advanced” specification Toyota offers two models in the grade. Xenon HID headlamps, an headlight levelling system and washers, cashew leather and wood trim (as opposed to the and dark grey seen on models), a turn-by-turn navigation and a six-CD radio/changer are added and above the equipment offered on the models.

The “Exclusive” specification is offered a choice of either a 2,4-litre direct injection 16-valve mated with a 5-speed transmission (with self-shifting S or a 2,2-litre D-4D common direct injection, turbodiesel

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