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Toyota Avensis (2009 - )

Last updated 6 March 2014

 
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Model History

October 2008
Avensis revealed

New emissions conscious British-built Avensis with desirable 150PS EU5 diesel plus 6-speed automatic option launched at Paris Motor Show, October 2008. Saloon 4,695mm long; estates 4,765mm long; both 1,810mm wide and 1,480mm high. Strut front suspension; double wishbones at rear. 5 star NCAP expected. Low noise, vibration and harshness. On sale in January 2009.

16-inch steel wheels with 205/60 R16 tyres.

17-inch alloy wheels with 215/55 R17 tyres

18-inch alloy wheels with 245/45 R18 tyres.

Optional Pre-Crash Safety System optional on 2.2 D-4D auto. Also Adaptive Cruise Control with speed limiter, bringing it up to spec with the current Honda Accord.

1.6 and 1.8 petrol engines manufactured in Deeside, UK; 2.0 and 2.2 chain cam diesels and 6 speed manual transmissions made in Poland. 1.8 and 2.0 petrol automatics available with Multidrive S CVT transmission with 7 ratios selectable sequentially manually. Luggage capacity 505 litres saloon; 543/1,609 litres station wagon.

Load length seats up 960mm saloon; 1,105mm SW. Load length seats down 1,685mm saloon; 1,715 SW.

Engines and Performance:

  • 1.6 Valvematic 6-spd manual: 125mph; 0-60 10.1; 152g/km CO2; 43.5mpg com.
  • 1.8 Valvematic 6-spd manual: 125mph; 0-60 9.1; 154g/km CO2; 43.5mpg com.
  • 1.8 Valvematic Multidrive S CVT: 125mph; 0-60 10.1; 157g/km CO2; 42.2mpg com.
  • 2.0 Valvematic 6-spd manual: 128mph; 0-60 8.7; 163 g/km CO2; 40.9mpg com.
  • 2.0 Valvematic Multidrive S CVT: 128mph; 0-60 9.7; 164g/km CO2; 40.4mpg com.
  • 2.0 D-4D 6-spd manual: 125mph; 0-60 9.4; 134g/km CO2; 55.4mpg com.
  • 2.2 D-4D 150 6-spd manual: 131mph; 0-60 8.6; 147g/km CO2; 51.4mpg com.
  • 2.2 D-4D 180 6-spd manual: 137mph; 0-60 8.2; 157g/km CO2; 47.9mpg com.
  • 1.8 Valvematic engines a real step forward. Good to drive, low emission and 40mpg economy.
August 2009

Second phase Toyota Optimal Drive engines for UK Avensis: 1.6-litre Valvematic and 2.2-litre D-CAT 150. Extended availability of 1.8-litre Valvematic across the range.

1.6 Valvematic - Valvematic system improves fuel efficiency, power, torque and engine response - 130bhp, 152g/km CO2 emissions, 43.5mpg combined cycle fuel economy and 0 to 60mph acceleration in 10.1 seconds - Six-speed manual.

2.2 D-CAT 150 - New six-speed automatic transmission as standard – Toyota’s first diesel automatic passenger car - Equipped with Toyota D-CAT clean diesel technology - 169g/km CO2 emissions (saloon), 44.1mpg combined cycle fuel economy. Safety Pack option with Pre-Crash Safety system, Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning.

1.8 Valvematic now available in T2, TR and T4 saloon and tourer models with manual or Multidrive S CVT transmissions. Advanced HDD (hard disc drive) navigation system made standard on T Spirit models

December 2011

New 2.0 D-4D engine with lower emissions added to Avensis range along with changes to suspension and steering. The 148bhp Toyota Optimal Drive 2.0-litre D-4D engine is well-established at the heart of the Avensis range. For the new model, it has undergone a series of changes that yield remarkable gains in emissions and fuel economy.

Compared to the previous engine, combined cycle fuel economy has improved by 15 per cent, from 53.3 to 61.4mpg and a 14 per cent reduction has been achieved in CO2 emissions, which fall from 139 to 119g/km. Overall the engine is 3kg lighter, quieter and gives more linear torque.

Elsewhere in the new Avensis line-up the Toyota Optimal Drive 1.8 Valvematic petrol engine with manual or Multidrive S continuously variable transmission and the 2.2-litre D-4D and D-CAT diesels – the latter with six-speed automatic transmission – are carried over from the previous model range.

Making new Avensis a more rewarding drive, with better comfort levels, was a prime goal of the development team. To achieve the desired result, the car has a more rigid body and benefits from changes to the front and rear suspension. Small – but telling – adjustments have been made to the aerodynamics and strategic use of extra insulation material has further reduced NVH levels in the cabin.

Particular attention has been paid to the electric power steering, which adopts a quicker gear ratio, giving more direct performance, making the car more agile and manoeuvrable. The focus on comfort extends to changing the design of the front seats to offer better lateral support.

March 2013

Change of trim grades to align with rest of Toyota range. Gentle refresh for 2013. Following the Auris and Verso, it adopts Toyota’s new grade structure, with Active Icon, Icon Plus and Excel replacing previous T2, TR, T4 and T Spirit designations.

Like for like, the new models carry over the previous specifications, with a few adjustments. Across the range all Avensis now feature follow-me-home headlights as standard. There is an audio upgrade for all models bar the entry-level Active with the introduction of a DAB digital tuner. And for Excel versions there is a new brushed silver finish for the centre console.

Active

Icon

Icon Plus

Excel

Follow-me-home headlights

DAB digital tuner

Leather and Alcantara upholstery

LED daytime running lights

Bluetooth

17in machine-finish alloy wheels

Specific-design 17in alloy wheels

Panoramic roof (Tourer)

Daytime running lights (halogen)

Toyota Touch & Go with satellite navigation, 6-speaker audio, rear-view camera, multimedia connectivity

Toyota Touch & Go with 11-speaker audio

18in alloy wheels

Leather steering wheel trim

Dusk-sensing headlights

Nickel and wood effect centre console

Black leather upholstery

Air conditioning

Rain-sensing wipers

Power folding door mirrors

Heated front seats

CD player

Auto-dimming rear-view mirror

Rear window sunshades (saloon)

Electric front seat adjustment

Electric front windows

Smart Entry & Start (2.2 diesel only)

Electric steering wheel adjustment

Multi-information display

Cruise control

Rear parking sensors

Active front headrests

Automatic air conditioning

Bi-xenon headlamps with Adaptive Front-lightng System

Seven airbags

Electric lumbar support

Toyota Touch & Go Plus

VSC+ with steering torque assist

Electric rear windows

Heated door mirrors

Front fog lamps

Rails in loadspace (tourer)

Rear privacy glass (tourer)

Customers can choose from 10 exterior colours, including Pearl White pearlescent for the first time.

The Avensis continues to offer a wide selection of efficient powertrains, with 1.8 Valvematic petrol engines and 2.0, 2.2 and 2.2 D-CAT diesels. Six-speed manual, torque converter auto and Toyota’s Multidrive S CVT.

The new line-up has an official on-sale date of 2 April, priced from £19,155 for the Active 1.8 Valvematic saloon.

GRADE

BODYSTYLE

POWERTRAIN

OTRPRICE

Active

Saloon

1.8 Valvematic 6MT

£19,155

Active

Saloon

1.8 Valvematic MDS

£20,205

Active

Tourer

1.8 Valvematic 6MT

£20,205

Active

Tourer

1.8 Valvematic MDS

£21,255

Active

Saloon

2.0 D-4D 6MT

£20,155

Active

Tourer

2.0 D-4D 6MT

£21,205

Icon

Saloon

1.8 Valvematic 6MT

£21,445

Icon

Saloon

1.8 Valvematic MDS

£22,495

Icon

Tourer

1.8 Valvematic 6MT

£22,495

Icon

Tourer

1.8 Valvematic MDS

£23,545

Icon

Saloon

2.0 D-4D 6MT

£22,445

Icon

Tourer

2.0 D-4D 6MT

£23,495

Icon

Saloon

2.2 D-4D 150 6MT

£23,445

Icon

Tourer

2.2 D-4D 150 6MT

£24,495

Icon

Saloon

2.2 D-CAT 150 6AT

£24,545

Icon

Tourer

2.2 D-CAT 150 6AT

£25,595

Icon Plus

Saloon

1.8 Valvematic 6MT

£23,245

Icon Plus

Saloon

1.8 Valvematic MDS

£24,295

Icon Plus

Tourer

1.8 Valvematic 6MT

£24,295

Icon Plus

Tourer

1.8 Valvematic MDS

£25,345

Icon Plus

Saloon

2.0 D-4D 6MT

£24,245

Icon Plus

Tourer

2.0 D-4D 6MT

£25,295

Icon Plus

Saloon

2.2 D-4D 150 6MT

£25,245

Icon Plus

Tourer

2.2 D-4D 150 6MT

£26,295

Icon Plus

Saloon

2.2 D-CAT 150 6AT

£26,345

Icon Plus

Tourer

2.2 D-CAT 150 6AT

£27,395

Excel

Saloon

2.0 D-4D 6MT

£26,145

Excel

Tourer

2.0 D-4D 6MT

£27,795

Excel

Saloon

2.2 D-4D 150 6MT

£27,145

Excel

Tourer

2.2 D-4D 150 6MT

£28,795

Excel

Saloon

2.2 D-CAT 150 6AT

£28,245

Excel

Tourer

2.2 D-CAT 150 6AT

£29,895

August 2013

Two new high value versions of the Avensis launched: the Avensis Edition and Avensis Select. Based on the entry-level Access trim, the Select models gain daytime running lights, new-design 16-inch wheelcaps, leather steering wheel trim and a six-speaker audio system with Bluetooth. It is available for the 1.8-litre Valvematic petrol saloon and 2.0-litre D-4D saloon and Tourer models, priced from £16,495.

Avensis Edition takes the standard Icon specification and adds automatic windscreen wipers and headlights, automatic air condtitioning, 17-inch machine-faced alloy wheels, front fog lights and Toyota’s Touch & Go multimedia system with touchscreen, navigation, on-line connectivity, rear-view camera, Bluetooth and USB port. The Edition package is available with the 1.8 Valvematic and 2.0 D-4D saloon and Tourer models, priced from £18,495.

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