Long Term Test: Speakers 2, Playlist 0

By Guy Bird for Business Car, Oct 2009

Swallowing large speakers is easier than getting the stereo to work in the Toyota Avensis Tourer

Exploring the full extent of the Avensis Tourer T4’s capability is mostly an enlightening experience. It’s great at regular estate work – swallowing two massive speakers for a recent outdoor party with ease – while still having room to squeeze in the amp, lights, light stand, laser and the smoke machine (oh yes) that went with them. Its upmarket everyday kit like electronic seat memory function makes everyday an upmarket experience. My 5ft 3” wife uses her setting to get closer and higher to the steering wheel and presses the setting for my 6ft 1” frame to make it easier for her to exit the vehicle… which means when I get in, the seat’s just right. Perfect.

Despite much manual-bothering, actually learning how to play that list has so far eluded me, which is a shame. I’ve cancelled my application to be a contestant on the Krypton Factor meanwhile

Fuel economy from the capable 150PS 2.2 D4-D diesel engine has been on the up of late, averaging 40.6mpg during a family holiday utilising smooth country A-roads and some dual carriageway and the ride throughout has been decent, even when encountering some very pitted tarmac. Don’t expect BMW or Ford-style direct steering and the whole experience is very pleasant.

I’ve even managed to set the stereo up to copy any new CD I insert on to the car’s 10Gb music hard drive and made a playlist, for when my iPod is elsewhere. Editing or adding tracks is no problem too but despite much manual-bothering, actually learning how to play that list has so far eluded me, which is a shame. I’ve cancelled my application to be a contestant on the Krypton Factor meanwhile.


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