Toyota’s Avensis range of saloons and tourer estate cars receives a gentle refresh for 2013. Following the lead of Auris and Verso, it adopts Toyota’s new grade structure, with Active Icon, Icon Plus and Excel replacing the previous T2, TR, T4 and T Spirit designations.

Like for like, the new models carry over the previous specifications, with a few adjustments. Across the range all Avensis now feature follow-me-home headlights as standard. There is an audio upgrade for all models bar the entry-level Active with the introduction of a DAB digital tuner. And for Excel versions there is a new brushed silver finish for the centre console.

2013 Toyota Avensis at a glance

  • 2013 Avensis aligns with latest Toyota models with new grade structure: Active, Icon, Icon Plus and Excel
  • All models gain follow-me-home headlights, with DAB digital tuners featured a standard on Icon grades and above
  • New Protection Pack option, with rear parking sensors and boot liner
  • British-built 2013 Avensis on sale from 1 April, priced from £19,155

Key features

ActiveIconIcon PlusExcel
Follow-me-home headlightsDAB digital tunerLeather and Alcantara upholsteryLED daytime running lights
Bluetooth17in machine-finish alloy wheelsSpecific-design 17in alloy wheelsPanoramic roof (Tourer)
Daytime running lights (halogen)Toyota Touch & Go with satellite navigation, 6-speaker audio, rear-view camera, multimedia connectivityToyota Touch & Go with 11-speaker audio18in alloy wheels
Leather steering wheel trimDusk-sensing headlightsNickel and wood effect centre consoleBlack leather upholstery
Air conditioningRain-sensing wipersPower folding door mirrorsHeated front seats
CD playerAuto-dimming rear-view mirrorRear window sunshades (saloon)Electric front seat adjustment
Electric front windowsSmart Entry & Start (2.2 diesel only)Electric steering wheel adjustment
Multi-information displayCruise controlRear parking sensors
Active front headrestsAutomatic air conditioningBi-xenon headlamps with Adaptive Front-lightng System
Seven airbagsElectric lumbar supportToyota Touch & Go Plus
VSC+ with steering torque assistElectric rear windows
Heated door mirrorsFront fog lamps
Rails in loadspace (tourer)
Rear privacy glass (tourer)

Customers can choose from 10 exterior colours, including Pearl White pearlescent for the first time.

Avensis, built exclusively in Britain at Toyota’s Burnaston plant in Derbyshire, continues to offer a wide selection of efficient powertrains, with 1.8 Valvematic petrol engines and 2.0, 2.2 and 2.2 D-CAT diesels. According to engine, six-speed manual and automatic transmissions and Toyota’s Multidrive S CVT are available.

The new line-up has an official on-sale date of 1 April, priced from £19,155 for the Active 1.8 Valvematic saloon.

2013 Avensis range and prices

ActiveSaloon1.8 Valvematic 6MT£19,155
ActiveSaloon1.8 Valvematic MDS£20,205
ActiveTourer1.8 Valvematic 6MT£20,205
ActiveTourer1.8 Valvematic MDS£21,255
ActiveSaloon2.0 D-4D 6MT£20,155
ActiveTourer2.0 D-4D 6MT£21,205
IconSaloon1.8 Valvematic 6MT£21,445
IconSaloon1.8 Valvematic MDS£22,495
IconTourer1.8 Valvematic 6MT£22,495
IconTourer1.8 Valvematic MDS£23,545
IconSaloon2.0 D-4D 6MT£22,445
IconTourer2.0 D-4D 6MT£23,495
IconSaloon2.2 D-4D 150 6MT£23,445
IconTourer2.2 D-4D 150 6MT£24,495
IconSaloon2.2 D-CAT 150 6AT£24,545
IconTourer2.2 D-CAT 150 6AT£25,595
Icon PlusSaloon1.8 Valvematic 6MT£23,245
Icon PlusSaloon1.8 Valvematic MDS£24,295
Icon PlusTourer1.8 Valvematic 6MT£24,295
Icon PlusTourer1.8 Valvematic MDS£25,345
Icon PlusSaloon2.0 D-4D 6MT£24,245
Icon PlusTourer2.0 D-4D 6MT£25,295
Icon PlusSaloon2.2 D-4D 150 6MT£25,245
Icon PlusTourer2.2 D-4D 150 6MT£26,295
Icon PlusSaloon2.2 D-CAT 150 6AT£26,345
Icon PlusTourer2.2 D-CAT 150 6AT£27,395
ExcelSaloon2.0 D-4D 6MT£26,145
ExcelTourer2.0 D-4D 6MT£27,795
ExcelSaloon2.2 D-4D 150 6MT£27,145
ExcelTourer2.2 D-4D 150 6MT£28,795
ExcelSaloon2.2 D-CAT 150 6AT£28,245
ExcelTourer2.2 D-CAT 150 6AT£29,895