Toyota Avanza Reviews

2006 Toyota Avanza 1.3 from Malaysia

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 1.3 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 kilometres
Most recent distance90000 kilometres
Previous carProton Iswara

Summary:

Bouncy

Faults:

Back seat is very bouncy, even though the previous owner already upgraded to GAB gas absorbers.

Change radiator fan motor at 85,0000 km.

RPM at 3,500 when cruising at 100 km/h!

General Comments:

Generally this car is good for city driving for carrying 5-7 people. Fuel consumption is quite OK, considering my one has an auto transmission.

But be prepared for underpowered performing when cruising long distance or highway driving (1.3L, what do you expect). Short gear ratio mean 100 km/h requires at least 3500 RPM; that makes the engine damn noisy.

Actually I bought this 2nd hand for my wife. I personally don't like this big junk (I prefer a sedan such as the Persona or Vios), however my wife likes it very much, mainly due to being brand conscious.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th November, 2012

25th Jul 2013, 12:21

Where can I find cheap parts for a Toyota Avanza 1.3 in Nepal?

2011 Toyota Avanza G A/T 1.3 petrol from Indonesia

Model year2012
Year of manufacture2011
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 1.3 petrol Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired40 kilometres
Most recent distance2800 kilometres

Summary:

A basic car, with good build quality, and even better resale value, but none of driving pleasures

Faults:

No mechanical fault whatsoever.

The alarm's vibration sensor may be a bit too sensitive; few times it sounded loud warnings in the middle of the night for no reason.

General Comments:

This is my company car, and I'm pleased to have gotten this latest generation Avanza, instead of the older one, which was still on sale at time of purchase.

Exterior styling is more crisp with bold, chiseled curves. The G trim has chrome ornaments, which I think are a bit superfluous; I prefer the E trim's honest body-colour approach.

The interior styling has been reasonably updated too, although the layout remains similar to previous models. The side A/C vents look much more modern than before, with a hint of luxury. Dashboard and panels remain plasticky, but it's acceptable for what it is; a "people's car". At least it's durable. Beige colour is not the easiest to keep clean; I prefer the Veloz' black scheme. The middle row seats now slide back and forth for more flexibility.

Performance is a letdown for me, coming from various other car makes and models with a lot more power. I can live with the sluggish acceleration, but not the engine's scream at 100 km/h and above. So I tend to drive it slower. This car forcibly calms you down. Parents can securely let their child drive it.

Ride is more compliant now; I heard Toyota made some changes to minimize harshness, and it certainly feels that way. Electric power steering provides a numb response compared to a hydraulic system, but it's supposed to be more efficient.

Feature wise, there are plenty included with the G trim like alarm system, CD player, rear air con, parking sensor, power windows, cup holders, centre console compartment. If I were to buy an Avanza myself, I would get the E trim for less money and with most features still intact.

Major disappointment is the lack of immobilizer, making the Avanza an easy target for car thieves.

The bigger body with the smaller engine is not an ideal combination, so fuel consumption is mediocre at 10 km/l. My Merc sedan does better.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 1st March, 2012

28th Jun 2013, 11:46

I am one of the Indonesian Avanza owners. Have bought them 4 times (05, 07, 11 and 12 edition) and I 100% agree.

They're the all round performers, with no specific highlight.

2007 Toyota Avanza SX 1.5 from South Africa

Model year2007
Year of manufacture2007
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 1.5 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired5 kilometres
Most recent distance40000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Hi-lux

Summary:

Reliable car for a large family

Faults:

The lights on my center console did not work after installation of a radio. This was quickly resolved by the dealership.

General Comments:

The gear ratios of these cars are meant for always carrying a load of passengers - This is truly a "mom's taxi".

I liked the drive initially, but after getting used to it, the experience changed. The car stayed the same - it's a Toyota "nuff said".

I did not like doing traffic jams, as the ratio between 1st and second gear would cause the car to jerk at certain speeds - and no, it's not me.

Doing our normal shopping rounds was slightly unpleasant, as my wife would normally sit in the back with the baby. But it was a bumpy ride. The suspension on these Avanza's is just not the same as the Condor.

Doing a long distance trip was not a very comfortable ride for the passengers in the back.

The space inside the cabin is nice, and the light coloured dash "brown" and creamy seats are pleasing to the eye.

Removing the rear seats and folding down the middle layer would create much space for loading whatever can fit in there. Normally my mountain bike (without taking the wheels off) and stuff to the side of it.

Very reliable, but not meant for speed/comfort freaks - not that I am one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd August, 2010

Average review marks: 6.5 / 10, based on 7 reviews