Space for the family

17 October 2019 | Motors

Barry de Klerk

People movers are the new sports cars.
Well, probably not, but you can still get all the perks in your 7-seater – especially if it is a Toyota.
One of the world’s most reliable vehicle manufacturers, Toyota, is back at it with their new Avanza. The minivan has taken the motor market by storm since its initial release, and the car has grown from being Toyota’s ugly duckling into a beautiful swan.
Over the years Toyota gave the car various facelifts including a sportier look, so you may as well show it off at your kids’ school. However, to me, the best thing about the Avanza is that it creates a sense of nostalgic, bringing back memories of the Condor and Venture.
The latest models in the Avanza range have larger radiator grilles. They also feature redesigned headlights, an update to the lower grille, and a colour-coated brow on the front. Toyota did not stop there; they also upgraded the back with brilliant looking tail lights.
The interior is another upgrade that proves the Avanza means serious business and a lot of fun. It has a mono-tone design, making it simple yet beautiful. A heel pad has also been installed at the driver’s foot area for more comfort.
The dashboard and central console have been redesigned to add to the new look and you can play your music as loud as you want on your family vacation. Toyota separated the second and third row seats, making them easily adjustable. This also allows easy movement in the back of the vehicle.
As the Avanza is a family car, Toyota made sure they installed the best safety features. This includes ABS brakes with Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) on all the models. The car also has an anti-theft system with an alarm and immobiliser.
The Avanza also boasts Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and two airbags have also been installed – one for the driver and another for the front passenger. Additionally it features traction and stability control, and is available in two different engine ranges.
Under the bonnet you will find a 1.3-litre engine with an output power of 70 kW and 137 Nm torque. The second model comes with 1.5-litre engine, providing 77 kW and 137 Nm.
Toyota claims the fuel economy for the 1.3-litre models is 6.1 litres per 100 km, while the 1.5-litre is set at 6.7 litres per 100 km.

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