Our Fleet Test Drive Review: Toyota Avensis Tourer - 3rd Report
27 July 2009
Author: Guy Bird
|P11D price:|| £22,385|
|Key rival:|| Ford Mondeo Estate|
How close we actually came to maxing out the Avensis Tourer's 1609-litre potential boot space I'll never know, but it must have been pretty near to the limit on the car's latest test - the boot fair mission.
Luckily it was up to the task. Seats easily fold flat without the need to remove headrests or pull up the seat base, and after a bit of shoehorning a hefty slice of my loft junk had slotted in its boot. Access is simple because of the wide rear opening and high lip-less single-height load floor, while the lack of intrusions makes the space easy to fill.
The Avensis was also a useful boot fair participant, its side boot compartments housing bags for customers and snacks for sellers, while the large open rear hatch itself acted as a barrier to the brief spell of rain. No amount of good design could protect us from some of the boot fair punters' bare-faced bartering cheek though - "No, you can't have that parasol spike for 50p, I said £2.50."
Prolonged city driving has seen average economy drop to 36.5mpg (not bad compared to the official urban 39.8mpg figure) and a recent out of town run yielded 45.0mpg and confirmed the car's excellent ride.
The only tiny downsides so far are a dashboard parking light that takes an age to confirm that the electronic park brake has actually engaged, and an uneven panel gap on the glove box - minor niggles both, and for us the Tourer has largely remained a class act.
|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