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Toyota wagon a fuel champion

2012-03-01 10:50

This Toyota may no longer be a fixture in South African car showrooms but a wagon version has just covered 1450km on less than a tank of diesel.

An Avensis Tourer with a two-litre D-4D engine (six-speed manual) was driven the length of Britain from Land's End in the far south-west to John O’Groats in the far north-east of Scotland by journalists Joe Clifford and Andrew Biddle of Banzai magazine using an average of 3.95 litres/100km of diesel.

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The pair topped off the Avensis’s 60-litre tank at the start of their three-day journey and programmed their route on the car’s Touch & Go navigation system. At that point, the car’s trip computer indicated a driving range of 933km…

The Avensis went on to cover a total distance of 1450km and, according to the duo, more than 274km on the last bar of the fuel gauge alone.

Clifford said: "The Toyota shrugged off the distance and showed such fuel frugality that we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it highly. That it is also comfortable, roomy, tax-friendly for business users, bursting with kit and beautifully built are simply bonuses."

Toyota SA told Wheels24 there are were plans to return the Avensis to the local market.

Comments
  • Trevor - 2012-03-01 12:11

    This "test" is obsolutely pointless! Driving open freeways +90% on cruise control tells me NOTHING about fuel consumption. Time the OEM stop this warped advertising that does nothing but take up space. Honda USA has already landed in trouble because of this very thing and I can see Toyota being next,again....You want REAL consumption then put the cars into REAL everyday running conditions,stop n go traffic...etc...stop/go tech and running on alternative power in these situations makes ALOT more sense than this nonsense.

  • callan.eckert - 2012-03-01 14:52

    Reminds me of the story where a Golf TDI did Zim to CT. 1941km. http://www.wheels24.co.za/News/General_News/Golf-runs-Zim-to-CTN-on-a-tank-20110819

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