Toyota Avensis Tourer review

The Toyota Avensis Tourer is a spacious estate car offering growing families space, comfort and reliability in generous measure. It’s also a popular choice for long distance drivers who demand comfort, practicality and strong fuel economy. On the road, the cabin is superbly quiet, while the seats are very comfortable.

Updated with a series of technological and design developments aimed at improving the car’s appearance and handling it comes in four different trim levels and with a range of 1.8-litre petrol and 2.0- and 2.2-litre diesel engines. All models are generously equipped, even entry-level Active models offer manual air-conditioning and MP3 player capability.

The Avensis Tourer is built in Britain, at Toyota’s Burnaston factory in Derby. A Toyota Avensis four-door saloon version is also available.

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DRIVING
Like the Toyota Avensis saloon, the Avensis Tourer is offered with a 1.8-litre petrol and three diesel engine options, including the 2.0-litre, 2.2-litre D-4D and top of the range 2.2-litre D-CAT. There are three different gearboxes on offer, including a six-speed manual, six-speed automatic and seven-speed stepped Multidrive S CVT, which is combined with the 1.8-litre petrol engine. Toyota’s Optimal Drive engine technology ensures good performance and excellent fuel economy, as well as low emissions for the environmentally-conscious buyer.

The Toyota Avensis Tourer estate rides and handles superbly for a car of its size, with improvements to the suspension and power steering delivering better ride comfort and handling. On the road, the 2.2-litre D-CAT offers the strongest performance with 148bhp and a 0-62mph sprint time of 9.2 seconds.

COMFORT
On the road, the inside of the Toyota Avensis Tourer estate is quiet and comfortable, with excellent sound insulation creating a peaceful environment free of unwanted engine and road noise. Four trim levels – Active, Icon, Icon Business Edition and Excel – are all well-equipped, with the latest Toyota Touch 2 with Go multimedia and navigation systems included as standard on Icon Business Edition models (Touch & Go on Icon, Touch 2 with Go Plus on Excel).

Every Toyota Avensis Tourer is roomy inside with plenty of head- and legroom and uses high-quality materials that look and feel great. An optional protection pack adds a boot liner and also rear parking sensors to Active and Icon models. Excel models also receive a panoramic roof as standard.

PRACTICALITY
The Toyota Avensis Tourer is a large estate car ideal for family and business use. The rear tailgate provides access to 543 litres of boot space, increasing to 1609 litres when the rear seats are folded flat. Luggage hooks and load tie-down points are built into the flat boot floor and the Avensis Tourer also features underfloor storage areas. The passenger compartment has a number of storage spaces and cupholders for even more practicality in everyday use.

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SAFETY
Both the Toyota Avensis Tourer estate and the Toyota Avensis saloon were awarded the maximum five-star rating in the 2009 Euro NCAP safety crash tests, so you can be assured that its strong body, numerous airbags and retractable load guard (Excel models only) will protect occupants in the event of an accident.

To help avoid that happening, the Toyota Avensis Tourer is fitted with safety aids like anti-lock brakes, steering assist, stability control, traction control and brake assist. As an option on 2.2 D-CAT Excel models, a Safety Pack includes adaptive cruise control, lane monitoring systems and a pre-crash safety system that uses radar and cameras to monitor the road for potential collisions and activate avoidance systems.

All Toyota Avensis models have follow-me-home headlights that stay illuminated for 30 seconds to light your path home, keeping you safe even after you have left the vehicle.

RUNNING COSTS*
Running costs for the Toyota Avensis Tourer are kept to a minimum thanks to its sleek, aerodynamic design and efficient petrol and diesel engines. The low-emission engines mean that road tax rates start from £0 per year for the most popular 2.0 D4-D diesel, and at most will cost £290 each year (2.2 D-CAT 150 diesel). Impressive fuel economy ranges from 42.2mpg (1.8 Valvematic petrol) to 62.8mpg (2.0 D4-D diesel) on the combined cycle, and as it only needs a service every 10,000 miles or once a year, the Toyota Avensis Tourer is affordable to maintain.

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QUALITY
The Toyota Avensis Tourer is built in Toyota’s state-of-the-art factory at Burnaston, Derbyshire alongside the Toyota Avensis saloon, Toyota Auris and Toyota Auris Touring Sports. A comprehensive five-year/100,000 mile mechanical warranty reflects Toyota’s renowned build quality and reliability. The Toyota Avensis Tourer also has three years’ cover against rust and paint defects and a 12-year anti-corrosion warranty for complete peace of mind.

PRICES*
The Toyota Avensis Tourer estate is available in 14 different trim and engine combinations, with prices starting from £18,750. The 1.8 Valvematic petrol engine is available in Active, Icon and Icon Business Edition trim levels, ranging from £18,750 to £21,550 for the six-speed manual models, or an extra £1050 for the optional Multidrive S automatic transmission. Toyota’s most popular 2.0 D4-D diesel engine is available in all four trim grades, costing between £19,745 and £26,145. The larger 2.2 diesel engines are available in Icon, Icon Business Edition and Excel models, priced at £27,150 with a six-speed manual gearbox (Excel) or between £24,645 and £28,245 for the six-speed automatic model.

To discover more about the Avensis Tourer, head to the dedicated section of the Toyota UK website, or leave a comment below and we’ll contact you to arrange a test drive.

*Prices correct as of 20/01/15

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Comments (10)

  1. Hi I just recently purchased an avenesis tourer 2.2dcat 2010 model and I’m over the moon with the car , I was just wondering roughly what mpg I should be achieving thank you .

    1. Hi Andrew,
      Thank you for your post. At the time your car was sold, a 2.2 D-CAT 150hp 6 speed automatic Avensis, was quoted at 40.4 mpg for the combined figure. For a 2.2 D-CAT 180hp 6 speed manual Avensis the quoted combined figure was 47.1mpg. Hope this helps clarify and if you have any other questions please let us know.

  2. Hi How well would you say the sound insulation and quality of ride compares of the Avensis saloon or tourer compares to my current 2.5 litre Vauxhall Omega?

    1. Hello Mick
      Thanks for your post and for your interest in the Avensis.
      We are not sure how old your other car is but the best way would be a test drive at your local dealer so you can see/hear for yourself.

  3. Hi,
    I have a 2012 Avensis 2.2 T-Spirit Tourer & I led to understand that the 16″ steel Winter wheels listed for the Avensis as an accessory do not fit this car due to larger brake discs.
    What Winter wheel/tyre sizes does Toyota recommend for this car?

    cheers,

    1. Hi Scott
      Thanks for yopur post.
      Essentially we recommend that exactly the same wheel and tyre size is used as per the specification of your current vehicle. However you can consider winter tyres with a higher load rating load rating than the original equipment summer tyre fitted and with speed ratings one or two ratings below the summer tyre. If you pop along to your local Toyota dealer they can confirm the suitable Yokohama tyre for your Avensis.
      Hope this helps.

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