New Toyota Avensis Review
The Toyota Avensis was first launched in 1997 as a replacement to the Carina E, built at Toyota's Burnaston plant near Derby, the Toyota Avensis is the Japanese manufacturers answer to the Mondeo and Passat market. With its superb styling, reliability and build quality the Toyota Avensis is a pleasure to drive and with the Avensis scoring five out of five in its Euro ncap safety rating, its safe and secure too.
Setting new standards in automotive technology the Toyota Avensis was designed and developed in Europe with the European market in mind. With a choice of engines, two diesel and two petrol units, three body styles (saloon, hatch and tourer) and varying levels of trim there is sure to be a Toyota Avensis to suit your exact needs.
The Toyota Avensis petrol engines are available in either 1.8 or 2.0 VVT-I formats, the 1.8 develops 127 bhp through either a manual or sequential automatic gearbox giving a top speed of 124 mph for the manual and 121 mph for the auto. The 2.0 litre version again has the choice of manual or automatic transmission, with this unit developing 145 bhp giving top speeds of 130 and 127 mph respectively. The 2.0 turbo charged D4-D diesel engine develops 114 bhp through its manual transmission and achieves a top speed of 121mph. Finally the 2.2 litre D-4D direct injection diesel engine, amazingly the NOx emissions are no greater with this engine than those of the 2.0 litre 114 bhp D-4D and with a top speed of 130 mph and a combined fuel economy of 47.1 mpg this engine combines performance with economy.
Entry level on the Toyota Avensis is the Toyota Avensis T3-s, standard specification on this level includes amongst other things 16" eight spoke alloy wheels, Anti lock braking system (ABS) braking with electronic brake force distribution (EBD), vehicle stability control, nine airbags - including driver and passenger airbags with hybrid inflators, front and rear curtain airbags and driver's knee airbag Â? manual air-conditioning, an eight-speaker CD/radio/cassette audio system, electric front windows, anti submarine seat construction, auto cancel rear fog lights, remote central double locking, green tinted glass, speed sensitive power assisted steering, power exterior mirrors, remote alarm with perimeter and microwave interior protection, side impact beams on all side doors, Toyota turn-by-turn satellite navigation system with electronic traffic avoidance and a four-spoke fully adjustable steering wheel with audio controls plus Optitron instrumentation for outstanding clarity.
Following on from the Toyota Avensis T3-s is the Toyota Avensis T3-x this model is offered with a wider choice of engines and the Toyota Avensis T3-x also has 16-inch five-spoke alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control air-conditioning, rain-sensitive front wipers, electric windows, a metallic centre console and heated, power adjustable and retractable exterior mirrors in addition or replacement to equipment on the lower specification models.
The T4 Toyota Avensis has 17" ten spoke alloys, an auto dimming rear view mirror, electric front and rear windows, dual-zone, climate control air-conditioning, turn-by-turn satellite navigation with Electronic Traffic Avoidance for easy route-finding and Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRC) and Brake Assist (BA) are all standard on the petrol versions. All this is in addition or replacement to the equipment on the lower specification vehicles.
Finally the Toyota Avensis T spirit, with 17" seven spoke alloy wheels, St. Moritz leather upholstery in charcoal, a silver instrument panel and the option of the full map DVD satellite navigation system, the T Spirit is the flagship of the Toyota Avensis range.
Like the looks of the Toyota Avensis, why not check out the Citroen C5, the Peugeot 407, the Ford Mondeo, the Renault Laguna, the Mazda 6, the Vauxhall Vectra or the VW Passat
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