The new British-built Toyota Avensis has been updated with a lot more edge including a raking coupe-like roofline. The Toyota Avensis features new diesel and petrol engines that will be more economical and emit less co2. The petrol engines are of the Valvematic configuration which improve efficiency and increase power through an advanced combustion process. There’s a 130bhp 1.6-litre Valvematic, a 1.8-litre Valvematic unit with 145bhp and a 2.0-litre version packing 150bhp that can reach 60mph in a swift 9s when fitted to the saloon body. The diesels use the latest generation of Toyota’s tried and tested D-4D technology and include a 130bhp 2.0-litre, a 150bhp 2.2-litre and another 2.2-litre with 180bhp and a massive 400Nm of torque. If you opt for the automatic you will get a clever Multidrive S CVT gearbox with wheel-mounted paddle shifters in petrol models but a more conventional six speed automatic in the diesels.
The Toyota Avensis promises a mix of superior quality, dynamic handling and refined ride comfort. Toyota has confirmed that active and passive safety standards are brought to an even higher level thanks to advanced safety features such as Steering-assist Vehicle Stability Control (VSC+), Adaptive Front Light System (AFS) and Pre-Crash Safety System (PCS).
Equipment across the Toyota Avensis range runs to air conditioning, a six-speaker MP3-compatible audio system, heated electrically adjustable door mirrors, electric front windows, seven airbags, body coloured door handles and bumpers and a multi-information display. The Toyota Avensis starts at £16,485 up to £27,515 on the road.