Dependable is family estate’s middle name
Family cars don’t come much more practical or capable than the Toyota Avensis. It won’t win any beauty contests, but the new car has plenty of talent.
The Tourer estate was pipped by the Accord Tourer in a recent twin test (Issue 1,047). Yet the Toyota has a much broader range than the Honda, so there is a model for everyone.
Better still, bosses have learned from their experiences with Lexus. The finish of the British-built family car’s interior owes a lot to Toyota’s luxury brand, with high-quality plastics and classy switchgear.
Equipment is generous, and top-spec models get luxuries such as leather trim and a full-length panoramic glass sunroof.
It’s easy to forget, but the firm has had a manufacturing presence in the UK since 1992, and the Burnaston car plant in Derbyshire is one of Europe’s most efficient. That’s helped cement Toyota’s legendary reliability record – but which is the best Avensis to go for?
We prefer the practicality and styling of the Tourer – fold the rear seats, and its 542-litre boot expands to 1,609 litres. The 2.2-litre D-4D diesel blends performance and economy best, while T-Spirit trim has lots of kit. We just wish Toyota backed up its reputation for reliability with a longer warranty package than three years.
In this review
- 1IntroductionWe fly the flag with eight of the finest new cars money can buy – all of which are assembled in factories on these shores!
- 2MINIRetro model is triumph of style and driving fun
- 3Aston Martin VantageV8 stunner is one of the world’s best supercars
- 4Honda CivicUK-built hatch leads the way in family class
- 5Land Rover Freelander IILand Rover continues to set SUV benchmark
- 6Jaguar XFBig cat has caused a stir with one of its best yet
- 7Nissan QashqaiUnconventional family hatch is a surprise hit
- 8Lotus EliseNorfolk-built flier still at the top of its game
- 9Toyota Avensis - currently readingDependable is family estate’s middle name
- 10Facts and figures