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Toyota unveils overhauled Avensis saloon and estate

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Toyota has given its bland Avensis saloon and estate a complete overhaul to help persuade buyers to opt for a Toyota rather than a more established models, including the Ford Mondeo and Vauxhall Insignia.

The new Avensis now has sharper styling, higher quality and comfort levels, boosted safety and equipment and stronger value for money levels. It has also worked to slash running costs and improve driving dynamics.

Both the saloon and estate receive updated styling – which sees the cars measuring in 40mm longer than before – along with a completely new, more upmarket cabin plus more efficient engines, including new 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre diesel motors. All models feature automatic safety kit, which can apply the brakes if necessary, air conditioning, cruise control, hill start assist, Bluetooth, electric front windows and a six-speaker sound system. 

Meanwhile, Business Edition trim adds climate control, touchscreen sat nav, a digital radio, reversing camera, automatic headlights and wipers, electric folding wing mirrors, 17-inch alloy wheels and front fog lights. It also features cloth and Alcantara upholstery along with automatic road sign recognition, lane departure warning and automatic high beam function.

Next in line is Business Edition Plus which adds leather and Alcantara upholstery, powerful LED headlights, new 17-inch alloy wheels, tinted rear windows and front fog lights with cornering function. Topping the range is Excel, which includes voice recognition and a 10-speaker sound system, leather upholstery with electric, heated front seats, plus 18-inch alloy wheels, adaptive front headlights, which swivel as you turn the wheel, and a panoramic glass roof in estate form.

The new diesel engines slash CO2 emissions by up to 24g/km, seeing some models drop three tax bands, saving buyers up to £115 per year, with the 1.6-litre costing just £20 to tax and the 2.0-litre only £30. The 110bhp smaller motor powers the Avensis to 62mph in 11.4 seconds, with claimed fuel economy weighing in at 67.3mpg. The 2.0-litre unit, meanwhile, produces 141bhp and accelerates to 62mph in 9.5 seconds and returns official economy of 62.8mpg. The 1.8-litre petrol on the other hand returns 47.9mpg and can sprint to 62mph in 9.4 seconds, with car tax setting owners back £130 per year.

Prices start at £17,765 for the entry-level petrol saloon and rise to £28,440 for the top-of-the-range Excel estate with the 2.0-litre diesel engine under the bonnet. All models feature Toyota’s five-year 100,000-mile warranty.

Author: Christofer Lloyd

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