Toyota launched the Avensis in 1997 as a replacement for the Carina E. Although the first-gen sedan was largely a revamped Carina with new styling, the Avensis proved a sales success for Toyota Europe. Redesigned in 2003 and again in 2009, the Avensis grew in size and advanced in terms of technology, power, and fuel economy, ultimately becoming a strong competitor for the likes of the Ford Mondeo, Mazda 6 and the Volkswagen Passat. At the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, Toyota launched the fourth-generation Avensis, a significantly improved iteration built on the same MC platform.

Redesigned to mirror the recent updates of the Corolla and Camry sedans, the new Avensis boasts a more modern and youthful appearance in the wake of Ford and Mazda launching redesigned mid-size sedans of their own in Europe. The drivetrain lineup is as diverse as it ever was, consisting of both gasoline and diesel engines, as well as manual and CTV transmissions. The revamp also brings noteworthy improvements in output and fuel economy, as well as a number of new creature comforts and tech features.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2015 Toyota Avensis.

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The new Avensis exudes more elegance and sportiness, two features sedan buyers will most likely appreciate.

The new front fascia is both sleeker and more aggressive, sporting slim headlamps and grille similar to those on the smaller Corolla. Combined, the chrome trim on the grille and the LED daytime running lights incorporated into the headlamps give the new Avensis an individual illumination signature that sets it apart from other Toyotas. Down below, the apron carries a trapezoidal center section flanked by fog lamps mounted in large black surrounds.

But while the front end reminds me of the Corolla, the rear fascia is different, featuring larger taillights, a distinctive trunk lid, and chrome detailing that incorporates the Toyota emblem. As with most Toyota sedans, the rear bumper is rather simple. Viewed from the side, the new Avensis is only a mild evolution of its predecessor, mostly because Toyota didn’t change much above the wheelbase, as the greenhouse area, the side skirts, and the fenders are similar to the third-gen sedan. However, there’s a seemingly more-pronounced waistline, a trunk lid spoiler, and redesigned wheels to count as fresh additions.

The new Avensis exudes more elegance and sportiness, two features sedan buyers will most likely appreciate. Additionally, the new LED technology gives it a more premium look, which might prove important in a segment that includes the Ford Fusion and the Mazda 6.

Exterior Dimensions

Overall length (mm) Hatchback 4,750 (187.00 Inches)
Touring Sports 4,820 (189.76 Inches)
Overall width (mm) Hatchback 1,810 (71.25 Inches)
Touring Sports 1,810 (71.25 Inches)
Overall height (mm) Hatchback 1,480 (inc. roof rails) (58.26 Inches)
Touring Sports 1,480 (inc. roof rails) (58.26 Inches)
Wheelbase (mm) Hatchback 2,700 (106.29 Inches)
Touring Sports 2,700 (106.29 Inches)


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Higher grade models receive smart entry, leather upholstery and Toyota Touch 2 with Go Plus and satellite navigation.

Updates are significant inside the cabin as well, where Toyota redesigned both the dashboard and the center stack, and added modern technology and features. The instrument cluster feels sportier thanks to its tubed gauges and 4.2-inch TFT screen, while the center stack, which incorporates an 8-inch color touchscreen, is now separate from the transmission tunnel. The steering wheel and gear lever are also new, as are the bolstered front seats, which look more comfortable for long-distance travel.

The satin chrome inserts and the new interior finishes, including Alcantara seat upholstery or the Dual Ambient color scheme with either Terracotta or Light Grey, give the Avensis’ cabin a higher quality appearance. Higher trim levels receive smart entry, leather upholstery and Toyota Touch 2 with Go Plus and satellite navigation. An optional premium pack adds power-adjustable front seats with memory and a Skyview panoramic roof.

NVH levels have been significantly reduced by thicker materials for sound absorption and insulation, and an underbody damping sheet on diesel models.


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Lastly, the range-topping 2.0-liter engine churns 150 horses and 144 pound-feet and uses a CVT to push the sedan from zero to 62 mph in 10 seconds flat and to a top speed of 127 mph.

The fourth-generation Avensis comes with a choice of five, four-cylinder engines, which as with most Euro-spec cars, includes a couple of diesels. The gasoline range begins with the 1.6-liter rated at 130 horsepower and 118 pound-feet of torque. The unit mates to a six-speed manual and returns a 0-to-62 sprint of 10.4 seconds and a top speed of 124 mph. More power comes from the 1.8-liter unit, which cranks out 145 horsepower and 132 pound-feet through either a six-speed manual or a CVT. The 62-mph sprint takes 9.4 seconds with the manual and 10.4 ticks with the CVT, on the way to 124 mph. Lastly, the range-topping 2.0-liter engine churns 150 horses and 144 pound-feet and uses a CVT to push the sedan to 62 mph in 10 seconds flat and up to a top speed of 127 mph.

Moving over to diesels, Toyota offers 1.6- and 2.0-liter engines with six-speed manuals only. The 1.6 delivers 110 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque, and enables the Avensis to hit 62 mph in 11.4 seconds before topping out at 112 mph. The 2.0, on the other hand, generates 141 horsepower and 236 pound-feet and rivals the range-topping gasoline mill performance-wise, with a 0-to-62 mph sprint of 9.5 seconds and a top speed of 124 mph.

Toyota promises improved fuel economy and reduced carbon-dioxide emissions across the board.

Drivetrain Specifications

Type Four cylinders in-line Four cylinders in-line Four cylinders in-line Four cylinders in-line Four cylinders in-line
Valve mechanism DOHC 16-valve with Dual VVT-i DOHC 16-valve with Dual VVT-i DOHC 16-valve with Dual VVT-i DOHC 16-valve DOHC 16-valve
Displacement (cc) 1,598 1,798 1,987 1,598 1,998
Max power (hp @ rpm) 130 @ 6,400 145 @ 6,400 150 @ 6,200 110 @4,000 141 @ 4,000
Max torque (lb-ft @ rpm) 118 LB-FT @ 4,400 132 @ 4,000 144 @ 4,000 199 @ 1,750 – 2,250 236 @ 1,750 – 2,250
Transmission 6MT 6MT or Multidrive S CVT Multidrive S CVT 6MT 6MT
Max. speed (mph) 124 124 127 112 124
Acceleration 0 – 62mph (sec) 10.4 9.4 – manual10.4 – Multidrive S 10.0 11.4 9.5


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Pricing for the new Avensis is not yet available, but expect the sedan to receive a £1,000 (around $1,500) premium over the current £17,700 ($27,000 as of 03/05/2014) sticker in the UK.


Ford Mondeo

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The Mondeo is the European version of the U.S.-spec Fusion and likely the main reason why the Avensis has advanced in size, technology, power, and fuel economy since its introduction in 1997. The Mondeo is also available with no fewer than five engine options, including both gasoline and diesel choices. There’s a 1.0-liter EcoBoost delivering 123 horsepower, a 1.5-liter EcoBoost that produces 158 horses, and a 2.0-liter EcoBoost rated at an impressive 237 horsepower.

On the diesel front, there will be an entry-level 1.5-liter TDCi and a larger 2.0 TDCi in three power outputs, with the most powerful churning 207 horsepower due to twin turbos. The diesels will become available later in 2015 in Europe, where the two-year-old, second-generation Fusion has just been introduced as a brand-new Mondeo. Pricing starts from £20,795 (about $31,700).

Mazda 6

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Featuring Mazda’s "Soul of Motion" design language, the Mazda 6 is arguably one of the better-looking sedans of the midsize segment. The Euro-spec Mazda 6 comes with a choice of three powerful, yet fuel-efficient engines with SkyActiv technology, mated to either six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmissions. The gasoline lineup begins with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder rated at either 145 or 165 horsepower, while the range-topping model is motivated by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder making 192 horsepower.

Diesel offerings include a 2.2-liter SkiActiv-D unit churning out either 150 or 175 horses and returning the equivalent of up to 56 mpg combined. The Mazda 6 Wagon retails from ££19,795, which converts to $30,200 as of 02/17/2015, in the United Kingdom.


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With the European large family car market no longer dominated by spacious and reliable but forgettable cars, Toyota was basically forced to up the ante in the styling department. It did so with the third-generation Avensis, which no longer looks like only grandpa would buy it, but takes things up a notch with the latest iteration of the sedan. The styling is fresh, the interior has that premium feel drivers are looking for nowadays, and the engine lineup is as diverse as it gets. If Toyota manages to keep the Avensis’ price down despite these massive changes, it could have a winner on its hands.

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Press Release

The new Toyota Avensis aims to make things easy for the customer, with new style, new engines and innovative technology. Regardless of version or equipment grade, it is designed to be a prestigious, trustworthy, safe and comfortable companion.

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Designed and engineered in Europe and built exclusively in Britain, more than 1,711,800 Avensis across four model generations have appeared on European roads since the original was launched at the end of 1997.

Since then, quality durability and reliability have proved to be among Avensis’s strongest suits, reflected in the current model achieving consistently high QDR ratings and achieving the highest score in the J.D. Power Vehicle Ownership Satisfaction Survey in Germany in 2014.

Although Avensis has traditionally appealed to private customers, it is the fleet market that easily commands the largest proportion of sales.

In response to private customers’ demands for greater prestige, luxury and elegance, and the desire of user-chooser driver for sportiness, dynamism and a dash of chic, the new 2015 Avensis has been designed to deliver significant improvements in five key areas: –

Styling: a new, more prestigious and dynamic exterior design with LED lamp technology.
Sensory quality and comfort: an all-new, more elegant and refined interior, with an emphasis on significantly improved sensory quality, comfort, trim, finishes, colour schemes and NVH.
Safety: a comprehensive upgrading of safety systems, designed to achieve a five-star Euro NCAP rating. A focus on active safety technology introduces the new Toyota Safety Sense package, provided as standard across the range.
Equipment and value for money: a new, more clearly differentiated grade structure with class-leading standard equipment levels and advanced technology, such as the Toyota Touch 2 system and an eight-inch multimedia screen.
Driving pleasure and running costs: two new Euro 6 diesel engines, lower CO2 emissions across the entire range, longer service intervals, lower servicing costs and chassis enhancements to improve ride and handling.

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Toyota anticipates that these improvements will not only promote greater loyalty within the model’s existing customer base, but will also increase Avensis’s appeal to new customers as a genuinely attractive proposition.

Both the new Avensis saloon and Touring Sports wagon have a more distinctive and dynamic appearance.

Overall vehicle length has been increased by 40mm and the front there is a strong new interpretation of Toyota’s current design language.

The Toyota emblem is set more prominently with a smaller but sharper-styled upper grille. The grille itself has a chrome trim bar which anchors new LED headlamp clusters which incorporate LED daytime running lights, giving new Avensis and individual illumination signature.

The lower grille has been made significantly larger and it encompasses a centre bumper section finished in gloss black. The fog lamp housings have been pushed out to the extremities of the bumper, making the vehicle appear broader.

To the side, a new garnish along the sill creates a strong horizontal emphasis, giving the impression of a lower centre of gravity. The more elegant profile appearance is supported by new 17 and 18-inch alloy wheel designs.

The rear of the vehicle has also been designed to add emphasis to the broad road stance. The rear light clusters use LED light guide technology to create a high-tech lighting signature.

One of Toyota’s aims in creating the new Avensis was to guarantee comfort and convenience across the range and the elegant, refined interior makes an important contribution to this goal. Sensory quality and NVH have been taken to the next level and the cabin is enhanced by new trim finishes and colour schemes.

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The instrument panel is divided into two sections. The sleek, full-width upper element contains an instrument binnacle with tubed tachometer and speedometer dials either side of (on higher grade models) a large, 4.2-inch colour TFT multi-information display. The lower section houses a centre console that is separated from the transmission tunnel and dominated by an eight-inch full colour touchscreen. A redesigned steering wheel and gear lever complete the driver’s cockpit.

The feel and operation of all the switchgear have been improved and sensory quality has been further heightened by harmonisation of graphics and symbols and more consistent back-lighting.

Satin chrome highlighting on the instrument binnacle, steering wheel, console switchgear, air vents and gear lever presents a crisper, higher quality appearance.

A new range of more appealing interior finishes is available, including fabric and Alcantara seat upholstery and a new, Dual Ambient colour scheme, with a choice of Terracotta or Light Grey interior finishes (further details in the equipment and value for money section below).

The cabin is further improved with the introduction of a new front seat design, making for more comfortable long-distance travel.

The size of the upper backrest has been increased and the backrest bolsters have been redesigned, giving both extra shoulder support and better lateral holding performance. The seat suspension mat has also been redesigned to improve pressure distribution and reduce long-haul fatigue. The cushion angle has been increased to give better thigh support and the cushion side bolsters have been reshaped to improve lateral holding performance.

NVH levels have been significantly reduced, ensuring that the increase in new Avensis’s interior quality is matched by a perceptible decrease in cabin noise.

New and thicker materials provide additional sound absorption and insulation, and seal quantity, thickness and width have been increased throughout the body shell.

The thickness and density of the bonnet insulator and the thickness and size of the of the engine under-cover insulator have been increased. Diesel models further benefit from the addition of an underbody damping sheet. A polyurethane foam over-moulding has been incorporated within the wing protector.

Air conditioning noise has been reduced by integrating the heater’s air duct seal lip. Versions fitted with a Skyview panoramic roof gain a damping sheet in the roof lining, while Touring Sports models now feature a dynamic damper within the rear door.

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New Avensis adopts a clearly differentiated grade structure as part of its mission to appeal to private buyers and to meet the requirements of exacting fleet customers (details of UK grades and specifications will announced later).

The European template is for new entry, mid, mid+ and high grades, delivering higher standard equipment levels with improvements in sensory quality, and advanced technology such as the Toyota Touch 2 range of multimedia systems.

As well as class-leading equipment levels, the mid-grade will be unique in its class in offering Alcantara upholstery as standard and a new Dual Ambient colour scheme giving a choice of Terracotta or Light Grey interior finishes.

Entry grade models come with a black and grey interior colour-way and are equipped as standard with manual air conditioning, cruise control with speed limiter, LED daytime running lights, a radio/CD audio system with Bluetooth and USB port and the Toyota Safety Sense system.

The mid grade showcases the new Dual Ambient colour scheme and builds on the entry-level specification with automatic air conditioning, a 4.2-inch colour TFT multi-information screen, Automatic High Beam and dusk-sensing headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, 17-inch alloy wheels, fog lamps, combination fabric and Alcantara seat upholstery, an enhanced version of the Toyota Safety Sense system and the Toyota Touch 2 multimedia system, incorporating a rear-view camera.

The mid+ grade is tailored specifically to meet the requirements of fleet/business customers, building on the core specification with the addition of LED headlights, LED daytime running lights with light guides, cornering fog lights, rear privacy glass, combination leather and Alcantara upholstery and machined-face 17-inch alloys.

High grade offers customers the most comprehensive range of equipment features, adding to the mid+ grade with smart entry, full-leather upholstery and Toyota Touch 2 with Go Plus, incorporating satellite navigation.

Customers will be able to extend the high grade specification with a premium pack, adding new-design 18-inch wheels, LED headlamps with an Adaptive Front Lighting system, power-adjustable front seats with a memory function and a Skyview panoramic roof.

Toyota has comprehensively revised the powertrain line-up for new Avensis, building on its reputation for reliability and durability and providing customers with the benefits of lower fuel consumption, emissions and ownership costs.

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Diesel engines
The five-strong European engine range features two diesels, both new: a 1.6-litre D-4D and, making its first appearance in a Toyota, a 2.0-litre D-4D unit.

The 1.6 D-4D generates CO2 emissions of just 108g/km*, 11g/km less than the 2.0-litre unit it replaces. The new 2.0-litre engine’s 119g/km* represents a 24g/km reduction on the performance of the outgoing 2.2-litre unit.

An increase in service intervals to 20,000km and a reduction of about 20 per cent in the 90,000km/three-year servicing costs for both units have helped make the diesels cheaper to run.

New 1.6 D-4D
In tune with the current move to downsize powerplants to achieve better fuel economy, lower emissions and better driving dynamics, Toyota is replacing Avensis’s previous 2.0-litre D-4D diesel engine with a new 1.6 D-4D.

This Euro 6-compliant engine, working with a six-speed manual transmission, is 20kg lighter than its predecessor. It develops 110bhp at 4,00rpm and 270Nm of torque from 1,750 to 2,250rpm. This gives 0 – 62mph acceleration in 11.4 seconds and a top speed of 112mph.

The engine posts an eight per cent improvement in fuel efficiency compared to the previous 2.0 D-4D, with combined cycle fuel consumption of 68.9mpg*; at the same time, CO2 emissions have been reduced from 119 to 108g/km*.

The engine has been tuned for fast throttle response throughout the rev range. It generates good initial response at low rpm, then, as turbo boost develops, a linear build-up of torque. The availability of torque has been extended, so the engine will rev feely beyond 3,000rpm without running out of breath.

New 2.0-litre D-4D
The new Euro 6-compliant 2.0-litre D-4D shares the low fuel consumption and emissions performance of its 1.6-litre sister unit, but it has been tuned for a stronger focus on performance.

The new engine develops a maximum 141bhp at 4,000rpm and a generous 320Nm of torque from 1,750 to 2,500rpm. Its linear torque build-up and willingness to rev gives it particularly strong in-gear responsiveness and acceleration: it will move the car from rest to 62mph in 9.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 124mph.

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Numerous developments, including a new timing chain, ensure quiet running at all speeds, and Toyota’s stop and start technology, coupled with a tall sixth gear for motorway cruising, help the 2.0 D-4D return average fuel consumption of 62.8mpg* with 119g/km* CO2 emissions.

Petrol engines
Toyota has also made improvements to the fuel economy and emissions performance of Avensis’s established petrol engines: 130bhp 1.6; 145bhp 1.8; and 150bhp 2.0-litre Valvematic units.

Measures taken to reduce fuel consumption include higher compression ratios; optimisation of fuel injection angles and timing; the adoption of Teflon and resin coatings; the use of low-friction materials; and auto-tensioning of the accessory belt.

A further four per cent improvement in fuel economy has been realised through extensive revisions to the Multidrive S continuously variable transmission available with the 1.8 and 2.0-litre engines. These include a new torque converter, continuously variable unit, oil pump, reduction and differential gears, hydraulic control unit and CVT fluid warmer.

The CVT control logic has also been adjusted to reduce engine revving at medium throttle settings, more closely matching engine speed to throttle inputs, like a conventional automatic transmission.

These improvements produce lower fuel consumption across the petrol engine range. The provisional, pre-homologation, figures for the 1.6 manual improve from 43.5 to 46.3mpg; for the 1.8 manual from 43.5 to 47.1mpg; and for the 2.0 Multidrive S from 40.9 to 46.3mpg.

There is a simultaneous improvement in CO2 emissions: in the 1.6 manual these fall by 8g/km to 142g/km; in the 1.8 manual the figure is down 14g/km to 139g/km; and in the 2.0 Multidrive S the reduction is 19g/km to 142g/km (provisional figures).

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Improved driving dynamics
The new 2015 Avensis retains the proven MacPherson strut front and double wishbone rear suspension design of its predecessor, but both elements benefit from significant changes to improve ride comfort and handling.

At the front there is a new strut bearing and support, a reduction in the spring rate and an increase in the spring side-load compensation. Damping force has been tuned and, in the case of diesel models, the spring set load has also been retuned.

Similar adjustments have been made to the rear, together with a new piston valve design that gives a perceptible improvement in ride comfort.

Steering feel and responsiveness have been improved by the use of a new intermediate shaft, a change in the diameter of the anti-roll bar and an increase in body shell rigidity through the use of a high-strength urethane to bond the windscreen.

In anticipation of securing a five-star rating in the Euro NCAP crash test programme, new Avensis takes active safety and driver assistance to new levels with the Toyota Safety Sense system (described fully here). This is fitted as standard across the entire range.

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This provides a Pre-Collision System, Lane Departure Alert, Automatic High Beam and Road Sign Assist, functions which process information provide by a compact laser and camera unit mounted on the head of the windscreen.

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