A car's design is a matter of taste, and beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
The Toyota Avensis Touring Sports offers a choice of two gasoline and two diesel engines. We're testing the most powerful diesel, with 2 liters displacement and 105 kilowatts of power. This engine accelerates the station wagon to 100 in 9-point-8 seconds. Top speed is 200 kilometers an hour.
So the Avensis isn't striving for sportiness so much as for thrift.
The curves on the front make the Japanese car seem a bit chubby-cheeked. But the roof line descending to the rear is almost elegant.
Storage space in the Avensis station wagon's trunk is between 543 and 1,609 liters. In comparison, the Passat trunk holds up to 1,780 liters.
Nothing's lacking in the Avensis when it comes to safety. A pre-collision system, lane departure alert, automatic high-beam assistant, and many other systems simplify and protect the driver's and passengers' lives. Road sign assist warns the driver when he exceeds the speed limit. It's all subsumed under the title Safety Sense, and that's standard equipment in all equipment lines.