New braking technology, increased safety for children and tremendous value for money have impressed industry experts who have given the Toyota Avensis Tourer a commendation in the Safety Award category at the 2016 What Car? Awards.
All Avensis models are equipped as standard with Toyota Safety Sense, a package of active safety and driver assistance features which has already helped it secure a top five-star rating in Euro NCAP’s independent crash testing.
What Car? praised Avensis for its autonomous emergency braking system, which can automatically bring the car to a complete halt if it senses an impending front-end collision, and noted that Avensis is compatible with i-size, the latest child seat safety technology that’s designed to be more effective in side impacts and to keep infants in rear-facing positions for longer.
It said, however, the car’s biggest strength is value for money. Avensis offers all these safety features, as well as a Pre-Collision System at a price tag from around £20,000. All versions above the entry-point Active grade also benefit from Automatic High Beam, Lane Departure Warning and Road Sign Assist.
The What Car? Safety Award judges included Michiel van Ratingen, secretary general of Euro NCAP, and Matthew Avery, director of Insurance Research at Thatcham Research, the experts in vehicle safety technology.
Avery praised the Avensis for having a very high level of protection at a reasonable price, and singled out Toyota for its commitment to safety.
“Here is a car maker that has gone beyond what is currently tested by safety bodies, providing advanced technologies such as Lane Departure Warning as well as low and high speed Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), that are available across the majority of the range.”