As the auto industry has grown rapidly in recent years, low-end sedans like the Toyota Avanza have gradually replaced tough and rugged AUVs and gained much more love from drivers around the world.
The Toyota Avanza maintains its dominant position in the MPV segment, having spent more than 14 years on the global market and 11 years in the country. Moreover, it also holds a high point of practical and necessary for the automobile’s first purpose, which is easy and comfortable transportation.
The second generation of Avanza adds a bit of refinement but retains Toyota’s initial charm.
Check out what this promising MPV has to offer and find out if it’s really for you in our expert Toyota Avanza 2018 Review from Philtoyota.com.
The new generation of Avanza 2018 features an upgraded exterior design. Toyota has added more details to the model, such as a chrome trapezoidal grille, glossy trapezoidal halogen headlights, and a profoundly sculpted front bumper with a sporty look.
Thanks to the upscaling of the front end design, the seven-seater car looks daring and stronger than ever before.
Avanza's wheel options include 14-inch steel and 15 or 14-inch alloys.
Toyota equips the rear of the Toyota Avanza 2018 with air-cooled insulation that can reduce noise and soften the airflow.
Expected luxury version Veloz of Avanza will have high-end style, sporty, and more dynamic look. Toyota equipped the interior and a black grille with a sporty and bumper look for this luxury variant.
For the interior, the classic Avanza's dark gray and brown tone interior replaces the beige interior of its predecessor. Toyota keeps the material of the fake aluminum frame for the door panels and dashboard.
Despite its small-some dimensions, the 2018 Toyota Avanza's cabin is quite comfortable for seven adults with some cargo space.
Thanks to the 50:50 collapsible third-row seats, the room for luggage is significantly spacious.
The third row of seats’ design flexibility gives passengers a variety of spaces when carrying bulky copper. The left seat can fit two children, while the right one can be folded in and brought forward for luggage storage.
Toyota offers two variants with two different powertrains. The 1.5 L Dual VVT-i petrol engine reaches 103hp / 136Nm. Meanwhile, the 1.3 L Dual VVT-i petrol engine’s capacity reaches 95hp with a torque of 121Nm.
Drivers can choose from either a 5-speed gearbox with a clutch pedal and a 4-speed automatic transmission.
When the car is full of passengers and luggage, the 1.5 L Dual VVT-i engine’s performance is relatively stable.
Thanks to its suspension system, including the front MacPherson strut, coil springs, and sidebar controls, the Avanza can easily handle rugged and complex terrain. However, the experience of the driver and front-seat occupant will be quite bumpy.
The Japanese manufacturer redesigned the 2018 Avanza’s instrument cluster with a silver coating that runs around the gauges and lights, helping the whole metal set stand out at night.
Besides, the base variant also includes a seat belt warning for the front seats. However, Avanza's alarm system is quite inconvenient as it sometimes does not notify surrounding vehicles when the car is reversing.
Toyota also doesn’t equip the car with a proximity sensor, therefore, drivers should always pay attention to the mirror when backing up.
The car's infotainment system comes with a double-DIN single-scroll-screen with a 6.2-inch touchscreen display. Besides, Avaza also owns a built-in navigation system, necessary connectivity ports, such as AUX, USB, and 12V socket and a sound system consist of four speakers.
Bluetooth function is available, not for connecting electronic devices but for hands-free calls.
Moreover, Avaza’s car conditioning system is manually adjusted for passengers in the second and third rows. However, if rear passengers want more cool air, the leading air conditioner’s lowest level needs to be at least level three.
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For ordinary drivers with regular cars - 20% on open roads and 80% on busy streets - the vehicle’s fuel consumption is 8.33km/L.
With another calculation, the Avanza engine consumes an average of 7.5 km/L on city roads while on highways, the fuel economy can reach about 13.0 - 14.0 km / L - a pretty impressive figure for the mid-size seven-seater MPV.
Furthermore, if the vehicle is in fuel-saving mode, a green Eco indicator will light up. However, many users believe that the light will only turn on when the vehicle speed exceeds 20kph, and when the rate is slower, the light will turn off.
All things considered, it's time to take a look at the price list of Toyota Avanza in the Philippine market.
Here are some advantages and disadvantages of this 2018 model for your quick references:
Although the second upgrade comes with some attractive features, the Toyota Avanza still retains the basic style, which is quite suitable for every driving.
Overall, the Toyota Avanza 2018 is a worth-considered vehicle to invest in if you’re just starting and will serve you for years to come.
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