The Toyota Avensis entered the European market back in 1997 as a replacement for the Carina E and has been manufactured as a four-door sedan, hatchback, and even as an estate. The second generation of the Avensis ran through the 2009 model year when Toyota introduced the third-generation Avensis. On the outside, the new Avensis got reshaped and restyled headlights, a new grille design, and a much larger, sports-car-inspired air dam. The side profile remained largely the same with only some minor character lines, but the rear exterior lights saw some significant changes as well. Inside, the cabin was kept simple and clean, however, some of the interior panels weren’t exactly touch-friendly. The car came equipped with a Touch & Go Plus infotainment system that featured navigation, phone connectivity, and streaming audio. The same range of gasoline and diesel engines from the previous generation, however, some of them featured improvements here and there.

All told, this new generation sits right on that line that makes the difference between a facelift and evolution into a new generation. Either way, the Avensis is a safe car with seven airbags, active front headrests, stability control, and an optional pre-collision system. Furthermore, European NCAP gave the new Avensis a five-star rating with an overall score of 81% and a score of 90% for adult occupant safety. This is all very important considering it lives in such a competitive segment where vehicles like the Mazda6, Volkswagen Passat, Skoda Superb, and Ford Mondeo all take a pretty decent slice of the pie.

So, how does the new Avensis stack up against all of its competitors? Check out our full review below to find out for yourself.

Hit the jump to read more about the new generation Toyota Avensis.

  • 2012 Toyota Avensis
  • Year:
    2012
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    177
  • Displacement:
    2.2 L
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Exterior

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When it comes to the European D-segment, customers have plenty of models to choose from and, despite the fact that the Avensis has established itself as a leader in this market area, it needs to be improved now and again so that it stays on top. For that the new generation Avensis has received a bolder, more refined frontal treatment with a change in the proportions of the upper and lower grilles. An emphasis was placed on enlarging the latter for a more assertive, dynamic look.

The car gets a new, wider bonnet, a more powerful grille design flanked by narrower, more expressive headlamps and larger air intakes. The rear gets a newly designed rear bumper incorporating a center guard on sedan models and a new, sleeker, chromed license garnish design. The car will be offered with a new set of 16” steel wheels, but customers will also be able to opt for 17" or 18" Fuji alloy wheels. The list of exterior paint finishes includes Dark Blue, Galaxy Purple, Ultra Silver, Barcelona Red, Ash Gray, Olive Green, Granite Gray, Night Sky Black, and Pacific Blue.

Interior

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There will be four grade levels to choose from for the Avensis: Avensis, Sol, Executive, and Premium. Depending on the trim level customers will get: perforated leather upholstery in a choice of Ice Grey, Warm Grey or Black colors; HID headlamps with an Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFS)’; a Touch & Go Plus navigation system; and an 11-speaker Display Audio system with rear parking camera.

The new Touch & Go Plus system features advanced voice recognition for navigation address input, one-shot destination entry, music search and play, and phone contact search and call. Internet addicts can also opt for the ability to send and receive email, get a text-to-speech message readout facility, a calendar and, through a Gracenote database, a ‘Play More Like This’ music function.

Engine

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The new Avensis will be offered with six engines from the previous generation: three petrol and three diesel engines.

The most improved engine would be the 2.0 liter D-4D turbodiesel which features a new turbocharger, extensive combustion chamber modifications, and improved glow control. With these improvements, the engine will deliver the same 124 HP, but fuel consumption and CO2 emissions have been lowered by about 15%.

Next to this engine, customers will also be able to choose between a 150 hp 2.2 D-4D unit, a 177 hp 2.2 D-4D DPNR variant, and a 132 hp 1.6 liter engine, a 147 hp 1.8 liter engine, and a 152 hp 2.0 liter petrol engine. All engines will be mated to a 6-speed manual transmission, but the 150 hp 2.2 D-4D DPNR unit may be equipped with an optional 6-speed automatic transmission.

Prices

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Prices for the new generation Avensis will be announced closer to its market launch.

Competition

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The first two competitors that come to mind for the new Avensis is the newly launched Opel Insignia and the Mazda 6 sedan.

The Insignia is one of the greater looking vehicles on the on the market. It also gets a range of seven engines, starting with a four-cylinder 115 hp unit and getting up to a V6 with 260 hp.

The Mazda6 also gets a range of engines, including a 1.8 Liter engine, a 2.5 liter DISI engine, and a 2.2 Liter diesel four cylinder engine. These engines have outputs ranging from 129 HP all the way up to 180 HP. The 2.0 Liter DISI power plant benefits from direct injection in order to improve fuel economy.

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27 comments:

  (777) posted on 02.1.2012

The exterior went through many changes. The exterior looks totally different, and it’s much better. I’m glad that they’re considering the improving of their technology by upgrading it. It’s nice to know they are studying the effects of emissions of CO2 so they made a concept that this Avensis is assured to be environmentally-friendly. 

  (502) posted on 12.29.2011

I love the sleek metallic paint that they used on this. It gives the boyish and muscular appearance on it. Even the interior looks so fabulous.

  (427) posted on 12.27.2011

Very simple design on the interior of this car, but its good to my eye. Plain style of interior and this is great to me. Moreover, I also like the speed performance and good engine like this.

  (1211) posted on 12.26.2011

The design of this Avensis really looks simple, but I love the body paint that they use on this. Moreover, I hope that Toyota would already use a boost engine for this vehicle.

  (647) posted on 12.23.2011

This one will stand out when it comes to the appearance of the car, and it looks so classy and sophisticated on its gloomy body paint, but I have to say that the competitor of this had the more powerful engine.

  (504) posted on 12.20.2011

This one will stand out when it comes to the appearance of the car, and it looks so classy and sophisticated on its gloomy body paint, but I have to say that the competitor of this had the more powerful engine.

  (577) posted on 12.16.2011

This one will stand out when it comes to the appearance of the car, and it looks so classy and sophisticated on its gloomy body paint, but I have to say that the competitor of this had the more powerful engine.

  (382) posted on 12.13.2011

The Avensis is really impressive on its metallic body paint, and it gives the muscular and boyish appearance on this SUV. smiley I also love the fact that it has an improvement on the technology they offered.

  (347) posted on 12.13.2011

Toyota really improves a lot on their vehicle. Well, I think the next thing they should enhance now it on how they could truly boost the engine for a better and an efficient speed. smiley

  (429) posted on 11.29.2011

Yeah right! They should really have focused more on how to boost their engine, so that it will be a complete packaged for this Avensis. Anyway, I wonder if it is also available on the other color?

  (337) posted on 11.22.2011

177 horsepower is I think not good enough for this Avensis. Toyota should need to boost more the engine of this vehicle for it would be more impressive, and it could really offer an awesome packaged.

  (474) posted on 11.21.2011

To be honest, it is the first time that I’m going to admire a Toyota vehicle! smiley Well, you can’t blame me, for this one is truly so attractive and appealing on its exterior and interior features.

  (528) posted on 11.20.2011

The Avensis is one of the most satisfying vehicles that I saw in Toyota, and I really love to have this one! However, I have a doubt on its engine. I don’t think that it could give a better speed on this one.

  (296) posted on 11.16.2011

I love the spacious and classy interior of this Avensis and it sound so great to hear that they already improved the technology of this one. Well, it only seems more interesting now.

  (384) posted on 11.15.2011

Avensis is totally a complete packaged, if only they also use an impressive and striking engine on it. Anyway, I’m still impressed on it, for the fact that it had a very classy and comfortable interior.

  (488) posted on 11.13.2011

Toyota Avensis is truly looks so fabulous and sophisticated on its detailing and platform! I also love the fact that it can offer a luxurious and comfortable interior feature and amenities!

  (333) posted on 11.2.2011

I wonder if what will really be the engine specs that this Avensis of Toyota had. Well, I will surely wait for an update news about that. By the way, I’m also very fond on its classy looks. It is so striking on that.

  (619) posted on 10.24.2011

I would love to see this in person! smiley I hope that what we see on this one is what we really get, well I’m pretty so fond with this coupe of Toyota. I can absolutely say now that this one is my favorite car on them.

  (314) posted on 10.13.2011

The design of this Porsche just make it so expensive to glance. Just the right wheel design, it emphasized that it is not just a car but a sports car.

  (197) posted on 10.3.2011

177 horsepower? Is this having a turbo charged engine? Anyway, I love the sleek metallic paint that they used on this. It gives the boyish and muscular appearance on it. Even the interior looks so fabulous.

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