Meet the new Toyota Avensis
The Toyota Avensis has been a fixture on the UK’s roads for nearly 20 years with almost 2 million cars sold in Europe. Sitting in the challenging D-segment, where fleet sales make up 75% of purchases, it’s something of a sales success.
2015 saw a new generation of the Avensis introduced, with heavily revised styling inside and out along with a raft of technological changes to make the model a more competitive offering.
The revised front end adds LED headlights, tied to each other and the central Toyota logo by a chrome styling line that resembles a swooping bird of prey. The lower air dam is wider and the foglights have been pushed out into the corners to make the Avensis appear wider on the road. This is echoed by a flared garnish along the sills, the new Y-shaped LED tail lights and the corner reflectors in the rear bumper.
On the inside, the changes are intended to improve the perceived quality of the Avensis, alongside making it a more comfortable place to spend a long journey. By reducing noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) the Avensis is a more relaxed cruiser than ever, while the reengineered seat reduces driver fatigue.
There’s a selection of more appealing finishes for the cabin materials, including bi-colour seat materials and satin chrome on the redesigned binnacle and central instrument stack.
The engines have also been updated. Improvements have been made to the emissions and economy performance of the range of Valvematic petrol engines, but the more significant changes are in the diesel models. The 2.0 and 2.2 litre diesels of the last generation have been replaced with new 1.6 and 2.0 D4-D engines, allowing the Avensis to meet Euro 6 emissions targets. The 1.6 litre version is rated to 68.9mpg and 108g/km CO2, with the 2.0 not far behind on 62.8mpg and 119g/km.
Standard collision mitigation features have helped the Avensis to a 5 star rating at Euro NCAP, improving on the scores of its predecessor despite the increased challenge of the updated test. All Avensis models are equipped with Safety Sense, which includes autonomous emergency braking, pre-collision system, automatic high beam, lane departure warning and road sign assist. Together with 93% and 85% in the adult and child occupant safety tests respectively, the Avensis is one of the safest cars in the sector.
The 2015 Avensis starts from £17,765 for the saloon and £18,945 for the estate model.