Toyota Avanza TX review
A new face for a firm favourite
Selling something like 450 units a month, the Toyota Avanza is definitely one of the most popular MPVs around. Affordable but spacious, light on fuel but fun to drive, the Avanza offers practicality and value in spades, particularly as it features a full seven seats. And now the Avanza TX has been given an update to make it look even better.
The changes made to the front of the car are very noticeable, with a new bumper and airdams and fog lamps. The biggest change, though, is the striking headlights. Fitted with LED lights, the headlights are split horizontally by a body-coloured accent strip for a dramatic, modern appearance.
Moving back, the mirrors have been shaped to be more aerodynamic, while the new shark-fin antenna and turbine-shaped 15-inch alloys are the other major changes.
The taillights are also split horizontally to mirror the styling cues of the front, and clear elements and a chrome strip accentuate the modern appearance.
Interior changes have been kept to a minimum but are all noteworthy and have been fitted across the entire Avanza range and not limited to the TX model. The old rotary-dial-type air-con controls have been changed to push-button controls with digital readout. And customer feedback has prompted Toyota to change the interior trim from light grey to dark grey. Front and rear 12-volt accessory connectors have been fitted as standard.
Since the new Avanza TX shares the same mechanicals as the rest of the Avanza range, it feels much the same to drive. The 1.5-litre petrol engine, which Toyota also uses in the Etios, is a much-loved powerplant that produces 77kW and 155Nm, and in this particular case it is paired with a 5-speed manual gearbox. Fuel consumption is a claimed 6.3-litres/100km for the combined urban/rural cycle.
The big selling points remain the seven seats and spacious interior, all for a very reasonable price.
Despite being the top-of-the-range Avanza, the TX is very affordably priced at R307 500. All Avanza models are sold with a 4-services/60 000km service plan (12-months/15 000km intervals). A 3-year/100 000km Warranty is also included.