Family Toyota has been redesigned to pursue a career on a niche in decline. An evolution model pending a thorough overhaul in a few years. Toyota Avensis Facelift 2015
Arriving for the first time in 1997 on the market segment “D”, this large sedan, but especially popular version break touring sport, designed and built in Europe, has already been sold 1,711,800 copies on the basis of ” its quality, reliability and robustness, “like to remind its designers. This is confirmed by the satisfaction surveys. Nevertheless, in France, the Avensis is struggling to find its place face new Ford Mondeo and Skoda Octavia and Peugeot 508 and Citroen C5 yet aging. Toyota Avensis Facelift 2015
In fact, the Avensis seems too serious, even a bit austere. Yet the improvements in his line have a little too wise it gummed side with a front face, as the Auris, exit there is little more expressive. Logo now a more imposing throne at the bow connected to the LED headlights with a chrome strip. LED daytime driving lights in the shape of inverted “V” with the point again towards the center offers them a new unique look. As for fog, pushed to the ends of the shield, they help beef up the bow. At the rear, LED lights have also arrived to give a modern twist to this figure that has increased by 40 mm and from 4.82 m.
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Inside, the Avensis remains sober despite an evolution of materials and na net impression of entering a car upmarket. But not crazy. A touch of originality with how aluminum dashboard inserts, like the Toyota Auris, which now offers two round counters embedded in a cylinder with a central 4.2-inch color display (11 cm) to track indications of the onboard computer or GPS.
On the center console, another 8-inch screen (20 cm) to the guide handle, the radio or annexes connections. Under the hood, two innovations came from BMW: a diesel engine block 1.6 liter D-4D 112 hp a bit feeble for 1490 kg of the vacuum touring as passengers, baggage and 2 l toned D-4D sobre 143 hp with 320 Nm of torque between 1750 and 2750 r / min.
No automatic transmission for these two but six blocks box well staged and gentle. Only the CVT transmission is available on the 1.8 petrol unit of the very few sold here. The Avensis is fun to drive, especially with the engine of 143 hp, with a healthy behavior due to the reworked chassis. But without fantasy. As Auris, it is equipped with the “Toyota safety Sense” which includes the security system pre active collision between 10 and 80 km / h, capable of reducing by 30 km / h to limit or stop the car shock according to speed.
The Avensis has the lane departure warning, automatic management of the main beam and reading traffic signs and the reversing camera. One can regret the absence of a blind spot detector. A car that still offers a good compromise quality / price ratio for those looking for a reliable car until the new generation.
Technical sheet :
- Engine: 2. The D-4D 4-cylinder 1995 cm3 turbo diesel 143 hp, torque: 320 – Nm between 1750 and 2250 rev / min
- Transmission: 6-speed manual
- Weight: 1470 kg touring wagon, sedan 1550 kg
- Safe: 543 l 1609 l touring break, the 509 sedan
- Power consumption: just over 6 liters in the combined cycle; CO 2: 119 gr
- Price: from € 28,900 for the sedan (€ 1,000 more for the break touring)
- € 31,500 for the version 2 L 143 hp Executive