Toyota Avanza - The Best Mini 7-Seater Toyota MPV in Town
- It has great spacious interiors with lots of utility aspects
- Decent ground clearance
- Reliable engine performance
- External appearance need to improve
- The absence of alloy wheels in the entry-level variant
- Few featured vehicle
Birthed into the automobile scene in 2013 and launched in the Philippine market three years later, the Toyota Avanza already received a fantastic response from car enthusiasts despite its short introduction locally. Exactly 11 years since its launching, the Avanza has still remained adamant in the country and is, in fact, still situated at its most dominant position in its segment.
Once again, Toyota Motor Corporation has provided its consumer an awe-inspiring fleet of a vehicle in their stable. The newest Toyota Avanza is one of their most rugged multi-purpose vehicle series which is a judicious mix of sheer comfort and a performance packed engine. It comes with a seating option that is good for five or seven passengers depending on your preference. Toyota has given this vehicle a robust external appearance with an intimidating front facade and a masculine side profile. Also being marketed as a high-end MPV like all its sibling variants, the all-new Toyota Avanza is also being retailed as one of the most affordable MPVs in the local market, and with a full package of vital and more advantageous features in its arsenal, the Avanza is also easily one to beat in its class, both in accessibility and performance.
When one finally gets to experience the Toyota Avanza, the very first hallmark it rightly exudes is its comfort and convenience. Ticking all the right boxes in this category, the new Avanza comes with all the essential and advanced features in this respect. These include an air conditioner, power windows on its front and rear, a heater, power steering, and A/C vents on its rear.
Safety, as is most of Toyota offerings in this segment, is also a priority in the new Toyota Avanza. Some of its most notable features are a passenger airbag, a side airbag on its front, child safety locks, driver airbag, anti-lock braking system, and rear seatbelts among others. Next to its safety, the exterior of the Toyota Avanza is also something to really marvel at. Crucial offerings such as its adjustable headlights, a manually adjustable exterior rearview mirror, and a rear window wiper are all present.
It's a hit and miss for Toyota Avanza in terms of its entertainment and communication. Despite of which offering an FM/AM/Radio and USB and Auxiliary Input, the car was noted for not including other important perks such a touch-screen system, Bluetooth connectivity, and a CD player. Security is nevertheless big on the Toyota Avanza. Some of its most promising features include an anti-theft device, an anti-theft alarm, and engine mobilizer. The new Toyota Avanza also comes with a DOHC valve configuration and tons of miscellaneous features such as a tacho meter, digital clock, digital odometer, a centrally-mounted fuel tank, and a fabric upholstery to boot.
So What's in the Package?When you check the interiors of the Toyota Avanza model series, it has quite a decent look and appearance. It has a dual tone dashboard that is equipped with a few features like an advanced instrument cluster, 4-spoke steering wheel, AC vents, and a large glove box. The Toyota Avanza has well-cushioned seats that provide ample leg space for all passengers. The seats have premium fabric upholstery and are integrated with adjustable head restraints. The 2nd and 3rd-row seats, it has both sliding and reclining function, which helps in increasing the boot volume. Its driver seat comes with power adjustable function and it also has proper lumbar support. The molded and fabric inserted door trim adjusting, silver accentuated door handles, and parking lever gives the cabin a classy appearance. Its advanced instrument cluster houses a digital trip meter, tachometer, door ajar and driver seat belt warning notifications, speedometer, low fuel warning light and so on.
The Toyota Avanza is equipped with a number of sophisticated features, which gives the occupants a pleasurable driving experience. It has an advanced 2-DIN audio system, which has various input options for creating a pleasant ambiance in the cabin. It also has a manual HVAC means heating, ventilation and air conditioner unit, which has rear AC vents for cooling the entire cabin quickly. For the top end variant, it has a multi-functional steering wheel, which is mounted with audio and call control but, tons for the convenience of its driver. For charging mobiles and other electronic devices, it has a couple of 12V power socket in front and middle row. It even has a hydraulic power steering with tilt adjustable function, the follow me home headlamps, puddle the lamps on front doors, cargo area light, and illuminated ignition key slot and all of the four power windows with window winding switches.
The Toyota Avanza has the roomy internal cabin which is a perfect type of vehicle because it can certainly accommodate five to seven passengers, depending on the variants. When it comes with its fuel tank capacity, it is about 45 liters, which is reasonably good for this class. It even has a good spacious boot compartment and can be increased by folding its rear seat. The Toyota Avanza model series comes with an advanced 2-DIN audio unit that features a CD/MP3 player, radio with AM/FM tuner, USB interface, Aux-in port along with six speakers that offer better sound experience. It is even equipped with a roof mounted antenna for better reception of FM radio. The controls of this audio unit can all be seen mounted on the leather-wrapped steering wheel, which makes it quite convenient for the driver. It can also be decorated with a number of accessories like navigation system, the touchscreen display, rear parking sensors, leather seats, floor mats, body graphics, alloy wheels, spoiler, roof rails, and many other such aspects.
The Toyota Avanza has those stylish sports utility vehicle look with an aggressive body structure that gives it a captivating look on roads. For its side profile, it has body colored door handles and external rear view mirrors, which are electrically adjustable and integrated with side turn blinkers. It has that flared up wheel arches which are fitted with a set of steel or alloy wheels, depending on the chosen variants. The rims are covered with nice high-performance tubeless radial tires that ensure a superior grip on any road conditions. It has the black colored styling tape on the B-Pillar that adds to the classiness of this utility vehicle.
For its front profile, it is designed with a slanting bonnet that has a couple of visible lines. It has that muscular radiator grille that is fitted with a single chrome slat and is embedded with a prominent company logo in the center. The grille is flanked by a well-designed headlight cluster that is incorporated with high-intensity multi-reflector halogen lamps and side turn indicator. Underneath it, you will see that it has a body colored bumper, which is well designed, and it is accompanied by cladding. It even comes with a wide air intake section for cooling the powerful engine quickly. The top end variant has an air dam which is surrounded by a couple of bright fog lamps as well.
When it comes with the rear end, it has an expressive boot lid with chrome strip and variant badging. It has a sporty rear spoiler, which is embedded with a high mounted stop lamp. The windshield has a defogger along with a wash and wipes function. The Toyota Avanza is designed as a multi-purpose vehicle with a minimum ground clearance of 180mm that is rather good for off-roading. It has a total length of 4140mm along with a decent height of 1695mm. The total width is about 1660mm, this includes both external rear view mirrors.
The Toyota Avanza has a large wheelbase which measures about 2655mm that offers a spacious cabin inside. When it comes with its steering wheel, it can support a minimum turning radius of 4.7 meters. The neatly crafted wheel arches of its entry-level variant are fitted with a set of 14-inch steel wheels, which have full wheel covers. These rims are further covered with 185/70 R14 sized tubeless radial tires. While the other trims are equipped with a classy set of 15-inch alloy wheels, which are fitted with 185/65 R15 sized radial tires that provide a superior grip on any road conditions. Both of the petrol engines are integrated with an electronic fuel injection supply system. This allows the vehicle to generate a decent fuel economy and generate 16 Kmpl on the bigger roads and 12 Kmpl approximately in the city traffic conditions.
The Toyota Avanza offers two kinds of variants. It has a 1.5-litre petrol engine that comes with a displacement capacity of 1495cc. It also has an integrated four cylinders and sixteen valves using double overhead camshaft-based valve configuration. It has the ability to produce a maximum power output of 102hp at 6000rpm in combination with a torque of 136Nm at 4000rpm. For the other variant, It has the 1.3-litre power plant can displace 1298cc. This mill has the ability to generate a peak power of 90hp at 6000rpm in combination with a torque output of 117Nm at just 4400rpm. Both of these engines are mated with a four-speed automatic and five-speed manual transmission gearbox, which sends the engine power to its front wheels.
For the power of Toyota Avanza, It has the 1495 cc petrol power plant that can churn out a maximum power output of 102 hp at 6000 rpm in combination with a torque of 136 Nm at just 4400 rpm. It has one other engine that has the capacity of churning out a peak power and the torque output of 90 hp at 6000 rpm and 117 Nm at 4400 rpm respectively. The Toyota Avanza comes in different 6 colors: Nebula Blue Metallic, Black Metallic, Grey Metallic, Silver Mica Metallic, Beige Metallic, and White.