What is it?
The Toyota Avensis has become a familiar sight in taxi ranks up and down the land. Its reputation for reliability, plus its space and decent economy have made it a popular choice for those that require a dependable workhorse above all else.
Now, Toyota has facelifted the Avensis to share the new family face and make it more appealing for those buyers after something extra from their faithful, four-wheeled friend. Not only has the exterior styling been massaged, the cabin is all-new with more equipment and the promise of improved material quality. You also get more kit for your cash.
The oily bits have also been under the microscope; the suspension has been retuned, sound insulation improved and there are a pair of new diesel engines available.
Predictably, Toyota has downsized; the 2.0 and 2.2-litre diesels have been replaced by 1.6 and 2.0-litre units respectively. As you’d expect, economy is up and emissions are down. In this instance, we’re looking at the bigger engine in mid-spec Business Edition trim.