New Toyota Avensis: High-performance, low bills

Dynamic performance. Comfort. Emissions. Fuel economy. Cost of ownership. So many aspects of the new Toyota Avensis have been improved, you’d be forgiven for thinking it was a new car entirely. One thing’s for sure, though: Avensis certainly makes an impression.

New Toyota Avensis saloon

Revised 2.0 D-4D engine

The 124bhp Toyota Optimal Drive 2.0-litre D-4D engine has undergone a number of changes. A new turbocharger, adjusted torque characteristics, improved cooling and lubrication and changes to the diesel particulate filter all combine to improve combined cycle fuel economy by 15 per cent (from 53.3 to 61.4mpg) and reduce CO2 emissions by 14 per cent (139 to 119g/km). The engine is 3kg lighter, and quieter too.

Also available are the 1.8 Valvematic petrol engine with manual or Multidrive S continuously variable transmission and the 2.2-litre D-4D and D-CAT diesel engines – the latter with six-speed automatic transmission.

Ride, handling and comfort

The development team behind new Avensis aimed specifically to improve comfort levels and deliver a more rewarding drive. This has been achieved through a more rigid body, adjustments to the front and rear suspension and improved aerodynamics, while the electric power steering adopts a quicker gear ratio give direct response and agility.

The focus on comfort extends to the interior, where extra insulation material reduces in-cabin NVH levels, and the front seats offer better lateral support.

New Toyota Avensis interior

Improved total ownership costs

New Avensis delivers a 17 per cent Benefit-in-Kind tax rating, giving significant savings for company car buyers in comparison to rival models – not to mention the previous Avensis model.

And it represents great value thanks to its feature-laden spec, with the Toyota Touch & Go system included as standard (TR, T4, T Spirit grades). Add in improved residual values and costs for servicing, maintenance and repair, and you can expect to save £2,000 over three years with new Avensis.

The new Toyota Avensis is produced in the UK at Toyota’s Burnaston factory, which was recently visited by Prime Minister David Cameron. It is on sale now, priced from £18,450 on the road.

Comments (8)

  1. Hi

    Is it possible to get new engine for a Toyota Avensis 2008 model from Toyota UK shipped to Kenya?

    If it is possible, how much would it cost me?

    Thanks,
    Christaben

    1. Hi Christaben,
      Unfortunately, we aren’t able to help in this instance. Have you contacted Toyota Kenya with your request?

  2. Hi
    I’am an expat living in Bergerac France. Is the new Avensis available here yet and if not when will it be.
    Regards
    Robert Dully

    1. Hi Robert

      What a lovely area of France you live in. Good news about the new Toyota Avensis, it is available in France now, details on the French Toyota site here, do let us know if you have anymore questions.

  3. Hi There

    I am interested in new Avensis but no document of specs exisit yet in the UK. Its a bit difficult to make an informed decision with no information.

    Please issue soon!!!!!

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