Two new engines, plus trim options
6 August 2009

The Toyota Avensis range has been updated, with buyers having the option of two new engines, revised trim choices and new safety kit.

A new entry-level 130bhp 1.6 Valvematic petrol engine has been added to the range, which takes the car from 0-62mph in 10.4sec. It averages 43.5mpg and emits 152g/km of CO2. It is linked to a six-speed manual gearbox as standard.

The other new engine is a 148bhp 2.2 D-CAT 150 diesel that takes the Avensis from 0-62mph in 9.5sec. It averages 44.1mpg and emits 169g/km of CO2. It is linked to a six-speed automatic gearbox as standard.

In addition, aA new Pre-Crash Safety (PCS) pack can be specified for top-spec Avensis models with the new 2.2 D-CAT 150 engine.

Using radar, the system activates when a collision is imminent. A warning is initially sent to the driver, but if the system considers that a crash is unavoidable, it triggers seatbelt pre-tensioners and applies the brakes at full force.

Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), which uses the same radar technology to maintain a set distance from the vehicle in front by braking or accelerating as necessary, is also included in the PCS pack.

Lane Keep Assist (LKA) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW) are incorporated, too. The systems use audio and visual alarms to alert the driver if the car starts to drift out of its lane. If no corrective action is taken, the system helps to bring the vehicle back on course.

Toyota is also making its HDD (hard disc drive) navigation system standard on T Spirit models. It remains an option on T4 versions.

As well as full European mapping and route planning, the system includes a 10Gb music server, Bluetooth and a rear parking camera

Toyota Avensis prices start at £16,485 for the 1.6 Valvematic saloon and rise to £27,515 for the 2.2 D-CAT 150 T-Spirit Tourer.

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Our Verdict

Toyota Avensis

The Toyota Avensis is adequate but generally underwhelming family transport

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