2007 Toyota Avensis 2.0

2007 Toyota Avensis 2.0

Price: R184 995

Mileage: 23 500km

Colour: Silver

Motor plan: Balance of 5 year/ 90000km Service plan

Dealer: Contact Killarney Toyota at 011-486-1424

Charl Wilken

If you are in the market for a family car, the choices are endless. The only problem is that you're never sure about the reliability of a used car. For this reason we always advise buyers to go to recognised dealers.

All the Toyotas at Killarney are carefully selected. Our tester for this week was in convincingly good condition.

When buying second-hand the exterior and interior should be spotless and the mileage should be fair.

The Avensis attracts attention without shouting its credentials.

The inside is clean and doesn't show any sign of damage. The seats don't show any wear and tear. And there's the typical solid build that makes a Toyota so desirable. The bumpers and paint are scratch free.

The Avensis is very popular among mature people who are no longer into "bling bling" but are interested in quality. But whether you are a mother, family man or an entrepreneur, you will find the Avensis perfect for most of your daily needs. There is enough room inside for all the kids and boot space for lots of groceries and luggage. Yet it is compact and has a contemporary design for the younger market as well.

When driving in the city we found the combination of the easy gear change and light clutch action to be very pleasant. On the freeway the four-cylinder, 2,0-litre VVT-i engine seems to be very comfortable at high speeds. Power output for this power plant stands at 108 kW and 196Nm of torque. Power gets delivered to the front wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox.

Standard equipment includes dual front airbags, ABS brakes, aircon, electric windows, power steering and a front-loading CD player.