Car review: Toyota Avensis 2.2 D 150 T-Spirit — road test — BBC Top Gear

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If the old Avensis were a biscuit, be a Digestive. Bland, boring, and very safe. You can’t go with a Digestive.

The problem is, are other, more exciting on the market. Jammie Dodgers, for

It’s the same with The old Avensis looked dull to tastier competition: Mondeo, Passat, etc. Competent, yet a bit like the Vectra. Vauxhall this, and moved things on a with the Insignia. Toyota has to do the same with the new Avensis. But it take the biscuit?

No. Just at it. Does it excite you? you peep between your at night just to watch it sat on your driveway? You might a Mondeo, Insignia or C5, but not with the design is frumpy by comparison. If you really quickly, or see one in your it’s got a bit of Lexus about the which is kind of cool; the has nicer lines, but it’s too high and too boxy. These really flatter it in the metal, not a looker.

The Lexus-ish theme continues too. The instrument panel cues from the IS, which a quality feel a good bit of which makes the cabin car’s strongest point. And a British-built Toyota, so it feels put together. You’ll get a lot of kit for your too; ‘value’ is high on the of buzzwords.

So is safety. The Avensis is with it. So you get things like Assist, which automatically under- or oversteer in sticky where the driver ran out of talent a few yards earlier, and it’s as standard to all models.

Then there’s Lane which actually steers you on course should you stray the white lines. It works, but more invasive than equivalent. And there’s a pre-crash which tightens your bleeps some bleepers and applies full-on braking if it you’re heading into a or something similarly immovable. like the system on the Volvo but not quite as intrusive, and not guaranteed to you. The cruise control and are adaptive too. But do you really all that? An option box marked might work better.

Of all this implies that actually be using it at the time. you might not bother to do if, say, you driving. It really is boring on the Whereas the Mondeo and Insignia alert and involving, the Avensis not. The 2.2-litre diesel is the auto ’box is slightly and you have to heave it through Hustling this thing like making a sloth dance. It’s just not

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And then there’s the ride. On surfaces, which we’re used to in Britain, it’s and crashy. Considering Toyota 35 European engineers to Japan the car’s development to make it catered for us that’s a little

The auto ’box doesn’t things. It has flappy paddles, but just redundant, stalky Or just bloody useless, in words. Upshifts are fairly but kickdown is sluggish, giving it the of an olde-worlde slushbox. There is a CVT ‘multidrive’ option, but only on the engines. That’s better, as the is more instant and predictable, but probably best off with a old manual.

On a motorway, it’s better Its natural cruise is around the limit, and it smoothes out crests and The only problem is some intrusive wind noise to that bluff front with all the aerodynamic qualities of Rooney’s face. But overall good, which is lucky, motorways are where it’ll its keep (with a boot of samples and a seat full of arse).

Ah yes, reps. reckons fleet sales outweigh private sales by five to one. Residual should be strong (see, Top does do consumer advice), so likely to be plonked on company car quicker than you can say ‘mission CO2 emissions are relatively low across the which will also the firm’s Chief Financial

All of which is very boring. Toyota. Like we said in our of the Aygo Crazy a while it’d be nice to see the company a bit more fun into their Remember, these are the people built the Supra, the MR2, ran WRC cars and still run a Formula One If even a tiny bit of that filtered down to cars the Avensis, it’d attract who need all the practicality/safety/affordability of a saloon, settling for an average drive. what Ford and Vauxhall are so why can’t Toyota?

So to return to the world of biscuits: “Once a always a Digestive.” If only had added a layer of caramel, or chocolate, this new Avensis troubled its opposition. Until a version comes along, just have to dunk it in Or a lake.

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