Toyota Avensis

4/5
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Verdict

During 2015 the Toyota Avensis received a subtle exterior upgrade. Where the big changes occurred was under the hood and an extra focus was placed on safety equipment. Toyota has a very good name in Ireland despite massive recalls in 2010. Trust appears to have been regained and Toyota are still one of the top selling brands in the country. The Avensis has been around Ireland since 1997 after it replaced the Toyota Carina E. This car has proven to be a hit with taxi drivers around Ireland and this confidence has rubbed off on the general public too.

Performance

Our test vehicle came with a 1.6 litre D-4D diesel engine. This offering seems slightly underpowered while pushing through the gears to motorway speeds, but once you reach cruising speeds things settle down. This particular engine offers 112 bhp and according to Toyota’s official figures it will bring you from 0-100 km/h in 11.4 seconds. The other diesel engine on offer is a 2.0 litre that increases those stats. This engine offers 142 bhp and according to the manufacturer it will bring you from 0-100 km/h in 9.5 seconds. There are two petrol engines available with a 1.6 litre and a 1.8 litre.

Ride & Handling

The Avensis has never been famous as being a fun ride. What it is famed for is its relative reliability. This car is nice on the road. The suspension set-up deals with bumps and road imperfections easily and the ride is generally smooth. Where the Avensis could be better is in its cornering, but remember this is a long-enough car and considering that, it compares well to the likes of the Ford Mondeo.

Refinement

The Avensis is a nicely padded car and it doesn’t suffer massively from either wind or road noise. The diesel option that we drove was a bit noisy as we were pushing it to motorway speeds, but we put it under pressure. If acceleration is added more evenly then noise should not be a major issue. We have yet to drive other engines in the Avensis range but colleagues have made us aware that the petrol engines are quiet too.

Quality & Reliability

Entry level Toyota Avensis can be a bit dull and lack character but as you move up the trim lines things do improve. The plastics within are of good quality but at entry level things are very grey. Our test model did have black leather seats with Alcantara inserts and the dash was presented with a matching colour scheme. The infotainment system was intuitive and easy to use too.

Safety & Security

As already stated, the Avensis received an update during 2015 and one of the focuses from the manufacturer was on safety within the vehicle. As standard each new Avensis is fitted with Toyota Safety Sense. This is a mix of four safety features; Pre-Collision System, Lane Departure Alert, Automatic High Beam, Road Sign Assist. Each of these four systems are self-explanatory but the most interesting is the Pre-Collision system. This operates by using cameras and lasers to keep an eye on the road ahead. If the vehicle senses that a collision is imminent it automatically applies the brakes. The Avensis received a full five stars in the Euro NCAP.

Space & Practicality

Space on offer within the Avensis is very good. There are no head or leg room issues to the front or the back. The boot space is good too. The Avensis is available as a saloon or a tourer which means that it will cater for most needs.

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Key Facts

Make

Toyota

Model
Avensis
Variant
1.6 132hp
Car Category
Family Saloon
First Launched
2009
Engine (L)
1.6
Gearbox Type
Manual
Gears
6 Speed Manual
Fuel type
Petrol
Body Type
Estate
Price New
€24,165
CBG Expert Rating
4.0

Running Costs

Tax
€390
Tax Band
C
L/100km Combined
5.5
Average km/L
18.3
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
60
Fuel Tank Range
1107 km
Cost of filling a tank
€78.84
Average Cost Per 200 km
€14.38
CO2 emmissions
142 g/km
CO2 emmissions standard
EU6

Performance

Brake Horsepower
132 bhp
Max Power kW
98
Displacement - CC (Engine)
1598
Engine Cylinders
4
Engine Position
Front, transversely
Number of valves
4
Driven Wheels
Front
Top speed
195 (km/h)
Acceleration(0-100 km/h)
10.6 s
L/100km Urban
8.00 L
L/100km Extra Urban
5.10 L

Space & Practicality

Body Type
Estate
Doors
5
Seats
5
Boot capacity
509 L
Automatic Parking
No
Bluetooth
Yes
Cruise Control
Yes
Folding Rear Seats
60:40 split-folding 2nd row rear seats
Front Cup Holders
Yes
Height Adjustable Seats
Yes
Parking Sensors
Toyota Parking Aid available
Power Steering
Electric Power Steering
Rear Cup Holders
Yes
Reversing Camera
Intelligent Parking Assist available
USB Connectivity
Yes

Warranty

All Components
3 Year warranty
Engine, Gearbox and Drivetrain
3 Year warranty
Car Body
12 Year warranty
Paintwork
3 Year warranty for paint defects
Mileage
100,000
Roadside Assistance
3 Year Roadside Assistance

Safety

Hill Hold Assist System
Hill-start Assist Control

Interior Comfort

Air Conditioning
Yes

Dimensions

Boot capacity
509 L
Wheels
Front wheel drive
Tyre size front
205/60 R16 mm
Rim size
6.5 x 16 mm
Length
4820 mm
Width
1810 mm
Height
1480 mm
Wheel Base
2700 mm
Front Track (mm)
1480
Rear Track (mm)
1540
Kerb weight
1400 KG
Max trailer Weight (Kg)
1970
Turning circle (m)
10.8

Technical Information

Engine Configuration
Inline
Engine Type
Front, transversely
Fuel Delivery
Multi-point injection
Front Suspension
Independent, Spring McPherson, with stabilizer
Rear Suspension
Double wishbone
Front Brakes
Ventilated discs
Rear Brakes
Disc
Steering
Steering rack
Power
132 bhp
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