Toyota Avensis and Auris 2016 upgrades revealed

Toyota’s British-built models benefit from some new features for 2016 with improvements to the Toyota Touch 2 multimedia system, retuned hybrid powertrain performance for Auris, and new colour choices.

For Avensis, these changes cap a successful first year on sale, during which time it has proved itself an attractive proposition for both private and fleet/business customers in Europe, offering prestigious, dynamic styling, rich sensory quality inside and out and, thanks to precision chassis and steering engineering, a rewarding experience behind the wheel.

Customers are appreciating the benefits of the improved CO2 performance across the range of powertrains, including the new 1.6 and 2.0-litre Euro 6-compliant diesels, performance that attracts significant tax benefits in the UK and several other European markets, strengthening the car’s cost of ownership profile.

2016 Toyota Avensis

Toyota Touch 2 with three years’ map and connectivity updates

The Toyota Touch 2 multimedia system has been upgraded to the latest 2016 specification, which was unveiled at this year’s Geneva motor show. The centrally mounted seven-inch touchscreen now offers revised menu pages for accessing the system’s functions and, where the Toyota Touch 2 with Go is installed, for satellite navigation operation. Access to the My Toyota online customer portal has also been improved.

Toyota Touch 2 with Go has been repackaged as single navigation offering for Auris and Avensis, supplied as standard with three years of free map updates and connection to online services. The on board connectivity gives easy access to live information services for fuel prices, weather, parking and traffic conditions local to programmed routes, helping with easier and more efficient journey planning.

It also enables use of online information, entertainment and social media apps from Google Search, Google Streetview, Aupeo!, Aha and Twitter.

Auris Hybrid

The Auris Hybrid hatchback and Touring Sports wagon are Europe’s best-selling hybrid models. Their driver appeal has been increased with powertrain retuning that delivers an improved, natural driving experience with no compromise in the cars’ highly efficient performance.

Toyota’s engineers have secured a closer alignment between the increase in engine and vehicle speeds, creating a more linear acceleration feel as the driver applies the throttle.

New colours

Ensuring Toyota’s line-up keeps on-trend, a new Platinum Bronze metallic paint option has been introduced for Avensis and Auris. Customers can also specify a new Solid Blue for Auris.

The 2016 Avensis and Auris are on sale now.

Equipment details correct at time of publishing.


  1. I ordered my new Auris TS Hybrid two months ago (Greece) and I expect to receive it next week. The changes regarding acceleration tuning will be applied or not?

    1. Hi Charlotte,

      Thanks for the feedback. It comes out that my upcoming car (estimate to get it next week) is of April 2016 production and as Toyota Greece informed me is updated as described in this article.

    1. Hi Charlotte,

      I contacted Toyota Greece and they informed me that my car is April 2016 production so the minor updates are included.

      P.S. Thanks for the feedback on my initial question.

    2. Hi Charlotte,

      I was just informed by Toyota Greece that my car (will be delivered next week to me) is produced on April 2016 so the minor updates are included.

    1. Hi Babis,
      Thank you for your post. Map software on 2015 Auris can be upgraded through the My Toyota Portal. Hope this helps and if you have any other questions please let us know.

      1. Hi there,
        Thank you for your reply. Unfortunately this is not available on existing models. Many thanks.

  2. I love the new Avensis, but some tiny tiny things I wish to get fixed:
    – in back, you still have no hooks for your shopping backs. When you are driving they are flying all around in there.
    – USB support for 3.0/3.1
    – placing the USB port elsewhere more protected place. In current place long USB sticks have risk to get broken, and even break the port.

    And I really hope the next Avensis is not coming with hyprid yet. I wish so much to get hyprid, but the Aurius was slightly too small and Avensis was much better to drive. So I gave up. 🙂

  3. Hi Petri,
    Thank you for your post and feedback. We will feed your comments to our product team for future product reviews. Many thanks.

  4. I’m looking to buy an Auris. It’s a great car. But I really miss Apple CarPlay compatibility. Many brands are including CarPlay and Android Auto on newer models. I think is the future of car information systems.

    1. Hi there,
      Thanks for your feedback. We do try to offer the best systems for our customers, but we will communicate your feedback to our team. Many thanks.

    1. Hi Sandra,

      If you think your vehicle is not working as it should, please contact your nearest Toyota centre.


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