The Toyota Avanza is a staple name in the South-East Asian countries, and to say that the Avanza is as popular as an AC probably is in the UAE, wouldn’t be an exaggeration. So there has to be something unique or special in this Mini-MPV for it to be so popular. While the car does look proportionate and contemporary, it surely is not the reason behind the Avanza’s success. The 2017 Avanza has a large grill up front, that give it an aggressive face, and the rear in comparison is smart – but not as intimidating as the front of the car is.
The interiors of the car are basic and straightforward. The plastics used in the interiors are all hard to touch, which is acceptable, given the positioning of this car and the asking price. Interior space is similar to that of the Yaris, and can best be termed as adequate on a Mini-MPV which intends to carry seven people comfortably. The last row seats are best suited for children, as the space and leg support is limited, given the car’s compact dimensions.
The Avanza has a 1.5L VVT-i engine, which is available on the Yaris sedan albeit in a slightly different state of tune, to suit its MPV nature better. This tried and tested engine performs smoothly and is relatively quiet in its operation. What makes the 7-seater Avanza much more practical is that this car has a front engine and rear wheel layout. This layout has helped the Toyota engineers package the engine more efficiently, and has thus allowed them to achieve a very tight turning radius of 4.7m! This makes the Avanza extremely practical within the city, as it can squeeze into tight parking slots and maneuver very easily. The light-weight nature of the Avanza also helps, by providing a very easy to drive feel.
The standard safety kit on offer comes with ABS with EBD, and dual airbags for the front row occupants. But the GLS spec, which is the entry model doesn’t get too many fancy features, while the SE variant adds rear parking sensors to make reversing this mini-MPV a hassle free experience.
|Engine||I4 1.5L RWD|
|Front Brakes||Disc (ABS)|
|Rear Brakes||Drum (ABS)|
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