Toyota Avensis Tourer Inverness

One feature for Toyota Avensis Tourer that did stand out was the built-in sat-nav (£1,470). It led us 30 miles to the nearest accident and emergency department, after a nasty slip on some wet rocks. The five-hour wait in casualty would usually drive our two children mad, but we decided to sit in the Toyota. With the seats folded, we pretended we were camping in our own ‘tent car’!

Corrie Motors
01463 226000
52 Harbour Road
Inverness
Dealership Hours
Mon - Fri:09:00 - 17:30
Saturday:09:00 - 17:00
Sunday:Closed

Struan Dundee
01382 868 788
Claverhouse Business Park,Forfar Road
Dundee
Dealership Hours
Mon - Fri:08:30 - 18:00
Saturday:09:00 - 18:00
Sunday:10:00 - 18:00

Shields Toyota (Hamilton)
01698 711600
Whistleberry Road
Hamilton
Dealership Hours
Mon - Fri:09:00 - 20:00
Saturday:09:00 - 18:00
Sunday:11:00 - 18:00

Western Toyota Edinburgh East
0845 293 5418
7 Old Dalkeith Road,Cameron Toll
Edinburgh
Dealership Hours
Mon - Fri:09:00 - 18:00
Saturday:09:00 - 17:00
Sunday:11.00 - 1700

Western Toyota Dunfermline
0845 293 5265
Crossgates Road
Halbeath
Dealership Hours
Mon - Fri:08:45 - 18:00
Saturday:08:45 - 17:00
Sunday:11:00 - 17:00

Jim's Garage
01595 695202
4 Gremista Industrial Estate
Lerwick
Dealership Hours
Mon - Fri:08:00 - 17:00
Saturday:09:00 - 13:00
Sunday:Closed

Border Toyota (Dumfries)
08453 130 299
Edinburgh Road,Heathhall
Dumfries
Dealership Hours
Mon - Fri:08:30 - 18:00
Saturday:08:30 - 17:00
Sunday:Closed

Alexander Wallace
01343 548 841
3 Chanonry Road South,Chanonry Industrial Estate
Elgin
Dealership Hours
Mon - Fri:08:00 - 17:30
Saturday:08:30 - 17:00
Sunday:Closed

Arnold Clark (Stirling)
0844 249 8210
Kerse Road
Stirling
Dealership Hours
Mon - Fri:09:00 - 20:00
Saturday:09:00 - 18:00
Sunday:11:00 - 18:00

Struan
01738 620 565
Crieff Road
Perth
Dealership Hours
Mon - Fri:08:30 - 19:00
Saturday:09:00 - 18:00
Sunday:10:00 - 18:00

Toyota Avensis Tourer

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This car is so comfortable, it feels like Sunday best! That’s how my family described the Toyota Avensis Tourer when I took up the keys for its last few months with the magazine in July. It’s no slight on the Peugeot Partner Tepee we had before, but the practical Toyota feels as if it’s from a different class.

From the moment I sat in the luxurious comfort of its electrically adjustable and heated leather seats, I knew I was in for something different. Behind the wheel, its powerful diesel engine provides more refinement at cruising speeds than I’m used to, and after the tall-riding Peugeot, the steering feels very responsive – even Mrs Wilson noticed the difference. In all the years I’ve worked for Auto Express, she has never enthused about a car... until now!

Okay, I’m well aware that an £8k price increase makes direct comparison unfair, but having spent time running some of the more affordable cars on the long-term fleet, you really get to appreciate where the extra goes.

I’m not only referring to all the kit that the Toyota’s higher price brings – this includes a reversing camera, cruise control, Bluetooth, sat-nav – but also the little details that make day-to-day life in the car more bearable. Our normally long, tortuous, six-hour-plus journey to a holiday cottage in North Yorkshire provided a perfect example.

The Tourer is so blessed with space and comfort that it didn’t really matter how long it took to get there. The kids had room for duvets, pillows and games.They could drift off to sleep, then play without asking: ‘Are we there yet?’

Further back, the vast boot swallowed the usual load of self-catering kit, leaving enough room for a change of coats and shoes to cope with the unpredictable Dales weather.

At least we can depend on the Toyota’s 148bhp 2.2-litre diesel engine. It has delivered a steady 41.2mpg economy over the last few months, which is very impressive. It’s refreshing to be on holiday and not have to keep one eye on the fuel gauge – despite covering more than 800 miles, we used only two-and-a-half tanks of diesel.

One feature that did stand out was the built-in sat-nav (£1,470). It led us 30 miles to the nearest accident and emergency department, after a nasty slip on some wet rocks. The five-hour wait in casualty would usually drive our two children mad, but we decided to sit in the Toyota. With the seats folded, we pretended we were camping in our own ‘tent car’!

Author: Darren wilson

Toyota Avensis Tourer: 9,156 miles