Nothing too new to tell... but I will update.
As I have only just got it, this review will be pretty short.
I first drove one back in the UK circa 2003 - I was impressed with the cruising ability and the space and finish offered by Toyota - now I was in a position to select one as a company car - this review will thus not focus on dealership issues as they do not effect me.
On the motorway it pulls nicely from ca. 2500 rpm to 4000 rpm - this equates to (in 6th gear) to 120 to 230 km/h - In Germany the whole Audi/BMW/Merc brigade (except for the real big guns) get a shock when they try to either come up behind me at 200 or overtake me... I think the whole "the car in front is a Toyota" thing is new to them, nevertheless she can keep up with the similar sized Teutonic diesel engines, if not out perform them. One added comment to make like the Swiss gentleman who reviewed his last year, I agree the Xenon lights have not been set up for fast speeds - great beam just to short - perhaps I will ask my dealer to adjust (if this is at all possible)
In town the accelerator and clutch are very light and sensitive, something my size 13's (UK) need to get used to, so I drive slower than before in the Passat, yet if I need to be quicker...whoosh, second, third gear - oops already at 60 miles an hour - so yes she is quick.
Now, we all now that the Avensis is no Porsche or Evo, so the handling is not tight, especially not at 200 km/h and above. I shall compare the handling to the Saab 95 estate 2.3T I once drove, it is direct, but the suspension could be harder thus reducing the amount of role into corners (well at 200 km/h at least).
The overall urban handling is very relaxing, suspension soaks up the bumps well and the light steering makes manoeuvring easy. The turning circle could be greater, I seem to be doing 3 point turns nearly every where I go - annoying, but not tragic.
How does one say this best - lovely! That is what the interior feels like. OK, I have the fully suited and booted version, leather this, electric that, buttons for everything, 7" DVD Navigation, sauna, coffee maker etc.. But really she is a joy to sit behind. The buttons are well positioned, OK the volume button is a bit fidgety, but I have the fine fingered skills of a gorilla so maybe I am at fault. The sound system is great, bass heavy, but I like the shaking sound anyway. The seats are comfy - first day I drove 400 km to Bamberg and felt like I had just gone round the corner..nice.
OK, I shall stop there…you all get the message, I like the Avensis…lets hope she stays that way for the future…and I can continue to surprise the standard 40 year old BMW 320d, Merc C220 tdi, Audi tdi brigade and out perform them.
P.S. Since my best friend has just named his cars after his daughters favourite stuffed toys, I shall join suit, sort of and name the Toyota after a Jackson family member crossed with a big thighed Tennis star….I have christened my
Toyota Avensis…………LaToya Venus - you may all laugh!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 24th May, 2006