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Our Fleet Test Drive Review: Toyota Avensis Tourer - 1st Report

Date: 17 June 2009   |   Author: Guy Bird

[3] A decent 543/1609-litre min/max overall load volume
Category: Estate
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 [1] 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 [2] for steadying heavy shopping [3] 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
Claimed combined
Our average
P11D price£22,385
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
Insurancegroup 8E
Boot space (min/max)543/1609 litres
Engine size/power2231cc/150PS
Top speed/0-62mph131mph/9.2secs
Why we’re running itCan the Avensis live
up to its new, sleeker
and more fuel-efficient
PositiveSmart new exterior,
interior quality, ride
NegativeAnnoying handbrake,
steering response