2016 Toyota Avensis Review


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After six years without significant changes, the 2016 Toyota Avensis became an all-new, 4th-generation model. This model in Europe is a sibling to the North American Camry. It will be offered in sedan and station wagon body styles, and should give us some fresh exterior cues and cabin alike, together with a new batch of powertrains.

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Exterior and Interior Design

Compared to outgoing models, 2016 Toyota Avensis manages to reproduce almost Camry-like styling. Both sedan and wagon get the same frontal fascia with very slim grille and large, open-mouth lower air intake. In fact, wagon mostly resembles Sienna, to be more precise. There’s nothing out of the ordinary when it comes to Avensis’ profile, and apart from window line length, both models are the same. Naturally, rear end is somewhat different. While sedan gets neatly shaped overhang, wagon features a large tailgate capable of loading cargo with ease.

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Don’t expect plenty of changes in terms of used materials. Cabin design, however, might be revised, but to which extent, we don’t know. Dashboard should continue to offer two storeys; one with a 4.2-inch TFT driver information display and another with control panel and its 8-inch touchscreen display. However, later option will only be offered in certain trim levels. Expect a full batch of connectivity options to be available throughout most of the 2016 Toyota Avensis lineup. Even safety features might get more upscale as every single model will offer standard Toyota Safety Sense system which includes pre-collision safety system, forward collision alert, emergency auto braking, lane departure warning, road sign assist and auto high beam.

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Engine Lineup, Performance, Transmission

There are no less than five different engine choices for the new 2016 Toyota Avensis. Couple of diesel options are entirely new, while petrol units are largely carried over. Smaller, 1.6L D-4D engine puts up 112 horsepower and 199 lb-ft (270 Nm) of torque. Furthermore, it replaces outdated 2.0L unit. However, Avensis’ diesel lineup still gets a 2.0L diesel engine, which is now capable of making 143 horses and 236 lb-ft (320 Nm) of torque. Petrol burners still offer the same displacement levels of 1.6L, 1.8L and 2.0L. All of them are, of course, 4-cylinder units and develop 132 hp, 147 hp and 152 hp respectively. For transmission, customers will be given the opportunity to choose between 6-speed manual and CVT gearboxes.

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2016 Toyota Avensis MPG, Price

New generation of Toyota’s family car should exhibit better fuel efficiency figures. Most efficient engine is smaller turbo diesel four which manages over 55 mpg combined in relaxed European NEDC cycle. On the other hand, most consuming option is 2.0L petrol four which is rated at less than 40 mpg combined. Prices should remain more or less intact and the new 2016 Toyota Avensis will cost between £18,000 and £27,000 in the U.K. This mid-size car remains what it always was; an affordable option for any given family.

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