Our Fleet Test Drive Review: Toyota Avensis Tourer - 1st Report
17 June 2009
Author: Guy Bird
 A decent 543/1609-litre min/max overall load volume
|P11D price:|| £22,385|
|Key rival:|| Ford Mondeo Estate|
I cannot confirm whether anyone has ever said "Nice car! What is it?" to owners of the previous two generations of the Avensis Tourer, but I can exclusively reveal variations on those words have been said to my face, without irony, on a few occasions already about our new long-term Toyota.
The third-generation model really does have presence, especially in side profile. Compare its short bonnet, raked-back windscreen and sloping roof - some 32mm lower than both my previous long-term incumbents the Ford Mondeo estate and Citroen C5 Tourer - for evidence.
Factor in the high waistline, muscular rear wheel arch shoulder flare plus, in T4 trim, a chrome accent around the whole window graphic, rear privacy glass and some decent alloys, and you have a bold and coherent look.
The quality continues inside. One below the top T-spirit spec, our T4 trim adds waxy-feel cream leather seats, a soft-touch textured dashboard and smart and unusually grained centre stack and door trims  that have the look of upmarket slate.
This Avensis Tourer's cabin really feels slick - another 'first' statement for the model I suspect. Beyond the comfort appointments we've opted for the 'Premium navigation' pack that adds a useful full-colour satnav, 10GB music hard drive and rear parking camera for £1470, plus the obligatory metallic paint for £370.
The Tourer's functionality has also impressed. Its boot boasts a wide load floor that lifts to reveal various trays  for steadying heavy shopping  and a decent 543/1609-litre min/max overall load volume.
It's early days on driving impressions - our car arrived from Toyota's stock after some 5000 miles so it's run-in already - but the engine seems refined and the ride excellent, with just a few niggles regarding a reluctant electronic handbrake light and slightly unresponsive steering. We'll come back to those in future reports as the new Avensis settles down into real life.
|Toyota Avensis Tourer 2.2 |
D-4D 150 T4 5dr 6spd manual
|Our average |
|Model price range||£16,560-£25,605|
|CO2 (tax) ||150g/km/21%|
|BIK 20/40% per month||£78/£157|
|Service interval|| up to 20,000mls|
|Boot space (min/max)||543/1609 litres|
|Why we’re running it||Can the Avensis live |
up to its new, sleeker
and more fuel-efficient
|Positive||Smart new exterior,|
interior quality, ride