Petrol engine is available as just 1.8-litre engine with a little low power at low revs. The 124bhp 2.0-litre diesel is better with less hard work required but still not as smooth as other competitors’ diesels. The 2.2 diesel which is even a better one has an automatic gearbox which comes as standard with slow response.
The Avensis Tourer gives a good speed with a nice ride to the passengers. The car is pretty comfortable at high speeds with the suspension working perfectly and diligently. However, the car is short of body control and is quite fearful at bends and edges.
Avensis gives you a quiet and comfortable ride with less noise at high speeds and bumps and potholes. The diesel engines could have been better in the sense of smoothness and quietness at high revs, but nonetheless they work great as a cruise. The automatic gearbox (standard on the 2.2-litre D-CAT diesel) is disappointing though.
The 2.0 D-4D costs pretty cheaper than the 2.2-litre diesel in terms of fuel use with less cost to insure and low company tax rates. Avensis costs more as a company car as well as a family car. Resale values are also not very impressive.
The Avensis Tourer has standard features including front, side and curtain airbags, and also one for driver’s knees’ protection. There are also active front seat head restraints, along with a stability control system. Deadlocks and an alarm are are in all the models to protect against theft.
The Avensis Tourer scores low on material used and designing of the interiors but in contrast the dashboard is really simplified and very user-friendly with big, bold and easy controls. The push-button handbrake is a little difficult to use though. The driver’s seat is pretty comfortable but adjusting the backrest angle is a little difficult. Forward visibility is excellent but the rear visibility is pathetic.
The Avensis Tourer is a practical car rather a showy one with lots of spaciousness. The boot is well-built with all the more space after folding the seats. There’s enough head and leg-room in the front and rear seats.
Entry-level Active models have the basic specs like air-conditioning, Bluetooth and an auxiliary input socket. Moreover, the Icon trim adds features like sat-nav, dual-zone climate control, a rear-view camera and a digital radio. Icon Business Edition versions have leather and Alcantara seats. Excel models have electrically adjustable heated leather seats, a panoramic glass roof and a higher-standard stereo.
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