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Toyota MR2: The naughty sidepiece

We’ve all been there, we were young, we wanted to start a family, we met our first proper car and saw a great future for the two of us. The car is perfect, it does every thing you need it to, it takes care of the kids and provides ample room for your emotional baggage, yet you can help but turn your head when a newer, better looking sportier car passes you buy. You gaze at the rear as it disappears in to the distance. Sure the old comfortable, loyal and ample second hand Citroen C4 Picasso is what you want on a day to day bases, but on the weekend, every now and then, you desire a different kind of thrill.

Only thing is you cant afford to put the same amount of investment in a side piece, but at the same time you don’t want to end up getting inside one that is full of unsavory left overs from the previous owners, with a dodgy engine that splutters out a load of rubbish. You want something similar to you, something that has maybe had its day, but when you look at it, you still see a trace of youth and vibrancy, another that is lost in this world, finding a new void that should be mutually filled. Queue, the second hand Toyota MR2.

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It might not be the best looking sports car out there, but it looks nice enough and the performance it offers is absolutely perfect, for me anyway. The other good thing is even though the MR2 can offer you this kind of performance, it isn’t a fortune to insure or tax, which surprised me, furthermore it’s running costs are surprisingly low, though I guess that’s easier for my MR2 seeing as a I don’t use it on a day to day basis. When me and my other half were considering getting a second car there were all sorts of cars in our shortlist, including the second hand Citroen C3 picasso and a second hand Mini Convertible, I’m so glad we decided to get a MR2 at the fraction of the price.

Audi A6 Review

Audi’s new A6 sports a new face, including a huge grille that gives the car a sleek, important look. The cars rear is more simple and conservative. The car boasts strong horizontal lines that contribute to the cars over all visual appeal.

The A6 is larger than the competition and has a larger rear cargo area as a result. This car allows the driver to be as involved or as uninvolved as the driver chooses (within reason). Interior quality is exceptional with displays and controls that are impressive and detailed. The cabin generates a very luxurious feel for both driver and passengers. Audi enlarged the overall car, and in doing so created more cabin and boot space. The new A6 is not a mid-size model or an executive barge, it falls somewhere in between. The additional space gives the buyer more for their money, and sets the Audi apart from other executive class vehicles. The Audi A6 offers versatility and gives the buyer a choice of engine preferences.

Practicality

 The A6 like other executive class vehicles is an expensive car, but the A6 has managed to keep maintenance costs down. Price-wise, the A6 undercuts most of the competition. Businesses may still be tempted to opt for more economical and tax saving vehicles. The enlargement of the A6 provided much more space in the cargo area. The interior is roomy, but the boot can hold more cargo than many cars in the next class up. This is ideal for luggage and other larger items. The Audi A6 may easily have the most impressive interior design of any other car. The Audi A6 provides fairly basic seating arrangements, but very detailed and elaborate instrumentation. Audi’s attention to detail and precision is evident in the stunning display of instrumentation and illumination in the A6. Just sitting inside the A6 watching the controls and listening to the unique sounds the dials make is a rewarding experience. The A6 is complete with soft executive seats that are comfortable yet supportive. Front and back passengers have good head and leg room, and the steering adjusts to numerous positions for the driver’s comfort. The A6 is equipped with large lightweight doors that allow easy access to the vehicle for front and rear passengers. This Audi is capable of comfortably accommodating most passengers, even larger ones. The A6 is a large vehicle but it is easy to park despite its size. Parking sensors for the front and rear of the car may still be a wise investment.

 Life Style

The A6 provides all the luxuries that have come to be expected from the executive class vehicles and more. This Audi will have no trouble competing with other name brand giants in its class. Good steering and other amenities make it an ideal car to drive for long distances. The cars sleek important look is also very appealing. The A6 might appeal to the family who needs to show up somewhere in class, but would not be very suitable for carpooling cheerleaders and the soccer team. The A6 is a sophisticated adult-oriented vehicle and is not designed to withstand the challenges that children present. Every first time car buyer would love to own the A6, but it is not really a practical car for new drivers. It is fairly large, extremely expensive to buy, not to mention maintenance and repairs would cost a fortune.The Audi brand carries great prestige, and the A6 will keep with tradition and further enhance that image. The A6 proudly displays Audi’s new nose and is the company’s new pride and joy.

Security and Safety

 The A6 is equipped with several ant-theft devices. This includes an Interior ultrasonic protection system, an electronic transponder immobilizer, and an anti-tow away device. Thatcham Category One systems come standard on all models. There are several security upgrades available as well. The A6 design did not overlook safety. Some of the standard safety features include airbags, durable body composure, and a safety steering column. Safety enhancements are also available such as rear air bags, and a first aid kit.

 The Finishing Touches

The Audi’s Multi Media Interface includes the stereo functions as well as the cars other electronic functions all displayed onto the same screen. At first glance this system seems too complex and overwhelming, but once the driver learns to navigate only the functions that will actually be used it becomes less intimidating. The standard MMI package includes a 6.5-inch display, CD player, and a DSP speaker sound system. Upgrades are also available. Audi offers 15 exterior paint colors for the A6. Metallic hues seem to fit the cars unique style and personality. The interior of the A6 is amazing with two different types of fabric upholstery, three different leathers, with aluminium, walnut, and beige birch.

 Summary

 Audi has delivered a complete and comprehensive car. It is difficult to find any short-comings with the A6. The A6 is not economic on fuel and does offer a diesel version. However, if you can afford to buy an A6, then paying for the fuel should not pose a problem.

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Volvo V70 Review

The Volvo estate has been around for more than 35 years. Modern day versions are more refined and stylish. The latest version is the V70 a much more attractive and all-round appealing vehicle. The only problem is the competition offers similar vehicles with similar levels of equipment and sometimes better levels of equipment.

Volvo will not be able to depend on the loyalty of buyers familiar with the company. The firm will have to stay one innovation ahead of the competition in order to tread water in the highly competitive premium estate sector. The V70 like all Volkswagens comes with a high level of safety as standard. The newest safety device is the Blind Spot Information System (BLIS). This system alerts the driver to other cars and motorbikes in his or her blind spot. This is just the latest in the company’s long line of safety features. A second-generation version of the Four-C active chassis system is available as an option on the V70. The driver will be able to choose between ‘Sport’ and ‘Comfort’ settings. Volvo is offering a good deal of equipment to tempt buyers away from the big German brand. Volvo’s new commitment to style and premium quality must have the competition’s attention.

 Practicality

 Prices are reasonable for V70s especially considering the space and versatility that’s provided. The 2.0-litre T engine isn’t the most exciting to drive, but the car should get reasonable insurance rates. The car gets decent fuel economy, and enjoys high resale values. The car offers good space and practicality. The rear seats fold to add extra storage space when needed. There is plenty of room for the legs and heads of front seat passengers, but taller passengers in the rear will not have good legroom. The car’s displays are clear and easy to read. The car’s main controls and dials are functional and well thought out. The car’s switch gear isn’t the most stylish, but it all works well and has a quality feel. Everything is located where you would expect it to be. The cabin successfully suppresses most road and engine noise. The car’s seats are comfortable, and the car itself provides a smooth and enjoyable ride. The car performs especially well on the motorways. The car provides wide door apertures, and allows for easy access to the car’s cabin. The driver’s seat adjusts to every position imaginable and should accommodate most drivers. Access to the cabin’s rear seats will be a little more difficult, but all but the tallest person will find plenty of room once inside the cabin. The V70 is an easy car to park, thanks to the high driving position, good visibility and light steering. The bonnet is difficult to judge, but parking sensors are available on the options list.

 Life Style

The Volvo V70 wasn’t designed for speed. All V70 models reach 60mph in under 12 seconds and top speeds range between 124mph and 155mph. The Four-C (Continually Controlled Chassis Concept) chassis with its Sport or Comfort switch is designed to give buyers a choice between a sporty ride, or a more comfort oriented ride. The V70 would make an excellent family car. With its van-like stowage capacity and reliability it has a lot to offer a family. The car is likely to attract younger buyers as well as more mature buyers. The car’s style and price will appeal to a younger crowd than previous models have. The V70 also offers loads of safety features that is sure to be appealing to families. The V70 is not a likely family car. The purchase price will run too high for most first time car buyers. Insurance rates are likely to be too high for younger drivers, and the car will not be the easiest to maneuver and park, especially for novice drivers. Volvo is known for its exceptional build quality and impeccable safety credentials. The V70 embodies both principles, and the car’s interior boasts a quality that is associated with more luxurious cars, such as the BMW 5 Series Touring or the Mercedes E-Class Estate. The car’s exterior looks durable and sturdy.

 Security and Safety

 The V70s standard security system includes a standard remotely operated alarm, an engine immobiliser, and VIN plates as well. The car comes with many airbags fitted as standard. The car also comes with SIPS, WHIPS, ABS, DSTC, TRACS, and IC. BLIS is a good idea, and the system is offered as a cost-option.

 The Finishing Touches

 The best choice for a car stereo is the optional high performance audio pack with six-disc changer, four, 75-watt amplifiers and 11 speakers is truly excellent with great sound quality. There is little or no distortion at high volume, and steering wheel-mounted controls are very convenient. Silver and dark blue look the most flattering on the car’s exterior design. Buyers have the choice of either aluminium or wood trim detailing for the car’s interior.

 Summary

 Volvo’s V70 is an attractive estate with plenty to offer buyers. The car is second to none in safety, and the company has managed to add on a few new safety innovations as well. The Four-C chassis lacks any real bite and this may deter some buyers.

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Renault Grand Scenic Review

The Grand Scenic is Renault’s midi-MPV designed to seven in comfort. The car boasts quality build and a quality interior design as well. The Grand Scenic shouldn’t have any problems luring buyers away from rival brands. The 1.9 dCi is the best choice of engines. The engine provides plenty of power, provides a refined ride and good fuel economy. Handling is excellent and body roll has been improved over past models. Cabin space is also excellent for all three rows of passengers. Even the rearmost passengers enjoy plenty of leg and headroom. The Grand Scenic also provides adequate space for luggage as well. The Grand Scenic enjoys the highest safety ratings in it class. The car’s safety will carry a lot of weight with family buyers. Add in the fact that the car seats seven and families will have a hard time walking away from all that the Grand Scenic has to offer. The Grand Scenic delivers a good all-round package. It can haul people and is versatile enough to carry cargo both large and small, and the Grand Scenic delivers a smooth and refined ride. These things combine to create high levels of comfort.

Practicality

 The Renault Grand Scenic should prove to be an inexpensive car to own and operate. Insurance rates and servicing costs should be low as well. The Grand Scenic should prove to be reliable. The Grand Scenic provides excellent space and comfortably seats seven. The cabin is spacious enough to accommodate passengers and their luggage quite comfortably. The boot is large and seats can be adjusted to create better cargo space. The car’s steering-wheel adjusts for reach and rake; the car’s instrumentation is easy to use. The displays are large and easy to read. The car’s steering-wheel mounted controls are convenient and functional. The car delivers excellent levels of comfort. The seats are comfortable even on longer journeys; even the rearmost seats are comfortable. Cabin space ensures that passengers don’t feel cramped, and storage space ensures that there is adequate space for luggage and other items. The ride is smooth and refined and the cabin provides a pleasant overall environment. The Grand Scenic provides good accessibility. The doors are large and open widely providing a large aperture for easy access. Access is better for front and middle row passengers. Rear seats can be more difficult to access and should be reserved for children. Parking the Renault Grand Scenic is easier than it looks. Despite the car’s large size the Scenic handles well and is easy to maneuver at low speeds. The car’s large side mirrors help out a lot when reverse parking.

 Life Style

 The Grand Scenic wasn’t designed for performance but it does provide enough power to provide a very smooth and comfortable ride. Handling is excellent and the Grand Scenic is an easy car to drive even through crowded streets. This is a perfect family vehicle. The Grand Scenic offers high levels of comfort, a stylish exterior design and loads of cabin and cargo space. The Grand Scenic could hold family size loads without intruding on passenger space. The Scenic also scored the highest safety ratings in its class. This absolutely is not a good first car. The Grand Scenic is too large and too expensive for most first time buyers. The Scenic is easy to drive but may be difficult for novice drivers to maneuver around town. Renault has produced a variety of vehicles that are able to meet the needs of various buyers. The Grand Scenic is marketed toward family buyers and should market itself quite successfully. Rival brands will have a tough time beating the Grand Scenic’s prices and practicality.

 Security and Safety

The car’s standard security features include remote central locking and deadbolts. The Grand Scenic is not likely to appeal to thieves, but a visual deterrence may be desired for additional security. The car’s safety features include the whole array of airbags, ABS and has received a five star rating from the Euro NCAP. The car’s safety ratings will appeal to family buyers and will raise the bar for the competition.

 The Finishing Touches

 The car’s standard audio unit provides good sound quality. The units controls are large and easy to use. The unit’s display is also large and easy to read. The Grand Scenic boasts excellent interior and exterior quality. The car should enjoy good resale values and equipment levels are good on even on lower spec models.

 Summary

The Grand Scenic provides excellent comfort and practicality. Families will have more than adequate passenger and cargo space. The car’s interior should be durable and withstand the abuse that children can dish out. The car’s ride is smooth and refined adding to the already high levels of comfort. The Scenic is a safe vehicle and is designed with family motoring in mind.

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Volkswagen Jetta Review

The Jetta is Volkswagen’s Golf-like compact saloon. The car boasts exceptional levels of refinement, and manages to stand out among the other competitors in this sector of the market.

The compact saloon has faced somewhat of an uphill battle in the UK market unless it’s sported a premium badge. The exceptions to this have been Volkswagen’s Jetta and Bora. The Jetta is one of the most popular cars in the compact saloon sector. VW chose the Bora to bring the competition to its rivals BMW and Audi. The company has reverted back to the Jetta name. The Volkswagen Jetta is essential the same as a Golf, only with a boot. The Jetta is now closer to the slightly bigger Passat. The Passat and the Jetta share the larger car’s trademark grille. The Jetta also bears other similarities with the Passat that are not quite as obvious. The Jetta’s cabin shares many similarities with the Golf. The interior cabin provides excellent interior space and makes the cabin comfortable and relaxing. The Jetta is a large car with a large boot and plenty of space on hand.

 Practicality

The Volkswagen Jetta is an expensive car to buy, but running costs can be kept to a minimum. Servicing charges will be low, and fuel economy will be decent, if you opt for the diesel variant. Resale values will be high so the high asking price will be offset. The cabin is spacious and will provide more than enough room for all passengers. The car is capable of comfortably accommodating four adults. The boot is of generous proportions and is big enough to carry luggage for four. The car can meet the needs of family life quite easily. The gauges are clear and concise. They are logically placed and functional. The car’s main controls and dials are large enough and easy to use. The controls are functional, though not all practical. The sat-nav system is a bit complicated to operate and may take some getting used to. Passengers will be comfortable, though the seats are soft, they are supportive. With plenty of head and legroom, even the rear passengers will rarely complain. Wind and road noise are low and the only real intrusion is the diesel engine at motorway speeds. Accessing the cabin is easy with wide door apertures and a high roofline. The boot is easily accessed and provides a large opening and a low load lip. Most passengers shouldn’t have any problem accessing the car’s cabin. Parking the Jetta is relatively easy but for the less confident, parking sensors are optional on most models. They will prove to be invaluable when reverse parking as distance beyond the boot is difficult to judge.

 Life Style

 Volkswagen promotes itself as a manufacturer of stylish cars with a premium feel, but with the Jetta the driving experience lacks something to be desired. The steering and throttle response are somewhat disappointing, but the car does provide a smooth ride for the most part. The Jetta is able to deal effectively with most road imperfections, and the diesel engines are the best choices for power and fuel economy. The Jetta could function quite well as a family car. Its boot is large and rear cabin space is adequate. The car’s seating is not as versatile or plentiful as the Touran, but the Jetta could accommodate a smaller family. The Jetta could also function fairly well as a first car. The car provides excellent forward visibility, and when fitted with the less powerful engines will boast low running costs and low insurance rates. The Jetta is well built, and thanks to a trend in improved quality Volkswagen is gaining respect in this area. The Jetta is evidence of the company’s commitment to increased quality. The Volkswagen brand is highly regarded and popular among buyers.

 Security and Safety

 The Jetta comes standard with remote central locking and an engine imobilizer package. The door locking buttons are hidden from outside eyes, which helps keep the attention of an unlocked car to a minimum. Some additional security measures may be desired such as a steering wheel lock or a tracking device. The Jetta’s safety features include twin front, side, and curtain airbags. The Jetta also comes with anti locking brakes, and electronic security aids.

 The Finishing Touches

 The Jetta comes with a high quality audio package, with easy to use controls. The sound quality is good, along with the placement, which is high on the centralfascia. Some possible upgrades include a CD changer and a sat-nav system. For the Jetta, like many other VW models classy, but laid back metallic colours work best for the exterior. It’s also worth noting that light colors compliment the cars grille as well. The interior is made up of mostly dark plastics but has a nice feel.

 Summary

 The Volkswagen Jetta boasts an excellent build quality and good levels of refinement. The car has a lot to offer, but more badge conscious buyers may look elsewhere. Other more practical buyers are likely to recognize the car’s quality and functionality.

Are You An Angry Driver?

Everybody can become frustrated when driving at times – it’s inevitable. None of us want to sit in traffic for hours wondering when it will ever begin to move, and there’s bound to have been countless times when inconsiderate motorists have pulled out on you without warning. Add these on road frustrations to those faced when we are forced to pay hefty servicing and maintenance costs, and a very angry driver is often the product. It is important to keep a lid on these frustrations however, as an angry driver can be a dangerous animal. So we have pointed out the top 5 traits or actions of the frustrated motorist to allow you to ask yourself: Am I an angry driver?

 

Speed up at lights
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Do you speed up at all costs to avoid waiting at traffic lights, even if it means getting over as they turn red? Remember the lights only take a few seconds to change and you could cause and accident, plus the abrupt stop will not be good for your brakes if you don’t make it.

 

Swearing at others
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People make mistakes when driving, it happens. You must be prepared for this however, and make a conscious effort not to react in the wrong way. Getting angry and swearing at someone could really ruin their day.

 

Beep your horn
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If an old lady is driving her Renault Clio a little under the speed limit, try not to get frustrated and beep your horn – this could really unnerve an old person. Simply wait for the right opportunity and overtake.

 

Drive everywhere as fast as possible

Driving everywhere as fast as you can is never a good idea. Is saving a couple of minutes on your journey really that important? It could cause an accident and you’ll actually find that you’re more relaxed and will enjoy the ride more when you keep to speed limits.

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Blaming Others For Your Mistakes

If you should make an error whilst driving, don’t immediately look for another motorist to blame. Accept that you have made a mistake and deal with it in the appropriate way, then carry on with your journey and forget all about it.

MOT and Servicing For Less

For several years now the economic climate of the UK has been in a state of recession, and hasn’t shown many signs of returning to a point of healthy growth in the foreseeable future. Unemployment across the country is higher than it has been for decades, as jobs become harder and harder to come by, while taxes have increased disproportionally with the price of goods. Cuts to government spending are continually putting strain on the capabilities of public sector services, at a time when disposable income is at an all-time low for many.

Needless to say, for whomever it wasn’t already a priority, the need to save money certainly is now. One aspect of modern life which proves difficult to cut back on yet continues to rise in its costs is driving. The vast majority of us cannot get around the fact that we need to drive, and of course fueling, taxing and maintaining our vehicles makes for some serious dents in the proverbial wallet. So we are all on the prowl for some cheap car servicing.

Unfortunately, the price of fuel is a variable upon which we mortals have no means to influence, similar to road tax. However, what we can save on is MOT and servicing. This may come as a new concept to many, who are used to taking their car down to their local garage and accepting the first price quoted. In all fairness, how is a person to know what a ‘good’ price is for an MOT or service, or which garages offer the cheapest deals?mot-sad-man-253x300

Well until now, there really hasn’t been an effective way to know where to find the cheapest price for a service for your vehicle. Thanks to a brand new service introduced by leading automotive site BuyYourCar.co.uk however, which is the first of its kind in the UK, all that is about to change. Aforementioned service is an online MOT and service comparison site which allows motorists to input the make and model of their vehicle as well as the area in which they live. Within seconds a list of garages along with comprehensive pricing information are displayed by proximity to the specified postcode.

This enables the user to make an informed decision on where to take their vehicle for its service or MOT. The site really couldn’t be easier to use and will undoubtedly save you £££s over years to come. For example, you can find out where is cheapest in Manchester to service a Vauxhall Corsa.happy-man-195x300

Vauxhall Zafira

Vauxhall Zafira

 The Zafira provides seating for seven on a compact platform with good passenger space. The second generation is very similar to the first generation Zafira, but the second generation has been enhanced in every area. It’s exterior design has been enhanced, it drives better, and represents better value for money.

The new Zafira is just as practical as its predecessor, and may be the best compact seven seat MPV available on the market today. The excellent Flex7 seating system has been retained, and still remains one of the best systems available. The Zafira has been given the same attractive nose as the Astra. The car has also received larger headlights for an overall more attractive look. The Zafira has a very distinguished look and won’t be mistaken for any other car on the street. The car’s rear-end has been enhanced as well, it boasts a large rear window, broad tailgate and neatly arranged taillights. Vauxhall’s designs are both unique and classy and the company has no problem getting the attention of buyers.

 Practicality

The Zafira will be inexpensive to buy and run. Low insurance, good fuel economy, and low service charges off set the slightly higher asking price. The diesel engine will further improve fuel economy. The cabin is spacious and will provide sufficient space to all occupants, though the front passengers will enjoy the most head and legroom. The boot is large and will accommodate the needs of a family easily. The gauges are clear and concise. They seem to be of higher quality than what the price may suggest. The buttons and knobs are of high quality too with a weighted feel. The fascia is uncluttered and the controls are both functional and practical. The cabin is quite and serene. The rear seat passengers all have enough room to be comfortable, but the front seat occupants will be by far the most comfortable. The seats are firm and shouldn’t sag as the old seats did. Although the rear passengers will climb through swinging doors rather than sliding ones, access is simple, even in crowded parking lots. The hatch is light and opens wide to offer unrestricted access to the enormous boot. Parking the Zafira is easy, though due to its seven-seating nature reverse parking can be a bit difficult. When pulling into a parking space forwards, the bonnet can be slightly difficult to judge until you get used to the size of the vehicle. Light power steering and smooth acceleration aid in slow maneuvers.

 Life Style

The Zafira shares the same chassis with the Astra. The Zafira provides a very enjoyable ride. The powerful VXR version is most impressive, and needs to have  strong, responsive underpinnings. Vauxhall’s optional IDS-Plus system includes electronic Continuous Damping Control (CDC) and an optional sport chassis, but the Zafira functions very well without it. The Zafira is a very family-friendly car. The car can seat seven easily and will accommodate a growing family and all of the items associated with family life. Cabin space is more than adequate, and the cabin provides excellent levels of comfort. This is not a good first car. There aren’t many new drivers who have the need for a seven seater. There are many more appropriate first cars available. The Zafira feels like a much classier and more refined car than its predecessor. The Zafira is not seen as the upmarket vehicle that it is, it is mostly held in a much lower regard.

 Security and Safety

The car comes standard with remote central deadlocking. A security alarm system is included with SRi and VXR trim levels. There are other optional extras available.The car’s safety features include twin front, side and head curtain airbags. Active Head Restraints are not provided in all models. The Zafira has been designed to meet all European safety guidelines.

 The Finishing Touches

The car’s standard audio system includes a single-slot CD radio. Upgrades are available but are likely to be very expensive. Buyers may want to consider the CDC 40 stereo radio with DAB and integral six-disc changer, or the Twin Audio system, that allows passengers in the back to listen to a different station or CD. The Zafira comes with less kit, but prices are also lower fairly reflecting what is on offer. Options are available such as the Panoramic sunroof and towing pack.

 Summary

 The Zafira is probably the best all-round family vehicle on the market. The car’s flexibility and practicality can’t be beat. Buyers will have no problem recognizing the value for money the car represents.

Toyota Avensis

Recently Toyota has developed an interest in manufacturing more exciting cars.  The Avensis is one such car. Available in saloon form, hatch form and estate form, the car is designed for comfort but has also paid close attention to the choice of materials used in the cabin by using premium quality materials.

Toyota’s Avensis suspension was honed at famous racetracks, and the car’s engines were perfected on proven race-prepared units. Despite this, the Avensis is based more on luxury than for sporty appeal. This Avensis boasts an excellent exterior style that will turn heads. To cut the car some slack, while its unusual nose is its most challenging feature from most other angles it looks refined and measured. And that’s the image Toyota would like you to identify with when looking at its mid-size contender. The Avensis certainly carries itself with more dignity than some of its closest rivals, as the emphasis is clearly on cosseting occupants and isolating them from the outside world, although driver involvement has been sacrificed. This won’t be a cause for complaint for many, though. Toyota knows its core customers have always preferred refinement to a racy personality.

 Practicality

The Avensis is a cheap car both to but and run. With low insurance rates, good fuel economy, and a decent asking price, the Avensis will continue to be an inexpensive invetment. The diesel engine improves fuel economy dramatically.The cabin is spacious and will easily accommodate four adults. The rear passengers will have a bit less legroom. In the front, occupants of the Avensis will be comfortable with plenty of head and legroom. The boot is a respectable size, able to swallow a day’s worth of shopping. The gauges are all easy to read and are logically placed. The audio controls are of quailty construction. The Sat-nav ststem sits atop the fascia, making it easier to watch the road. The seats are a bit soft but are extremely supportive. The Avensis is able to make even long trips bearable. The rear seat will sit two adults or three children. Taller occupants will fare far better if they sit in the front of the cabin. Getting into the front is easy as the wide door apertures allow for unrestriced access. Climbing into the rear things are a bit different however.  With smaller rear door apertures, it’s a bit more difficult to access the rear seats. The boot is easy to gain access to once the hatch is open, though it does require a little work. Parking the Avensis is easy thanks to the light, precise power-steering. Though judging distances can be a bit difficult due to the wide rear pillars and shape of the bonnet.

 Life Style

 The Avensis is not a sports car, even with alloy wheels the car’s geared more toward comfort and refinement. Wind and road noise is successsfully kept to a minimum, and the car’s seats are soft but supportive. The main controls are well lit and easy to use. The car cruises along effortlessly  and effectively eliminates  road imperfections. All engines on offer deliver above average levels of refinement, with the diesel variants delivering impressive fuel economy and performance. The Avensis will easily accommodate a family. The hatch and estate variants are the most versatile, and will hold large loads with little effort. The rear seats are fitted with Isofix child seat mounting points. The Avensis is an easy car to drive and is a perfect first car for new drivers. The car’s steering and gearshift are light, but parking can be a little tricky. Toyota customers are usually very satisfied with the company’s quality and image. Many buyers are attracted to the Toyota brand  thanks to its reputation for building reliable, long lasting cars. The company enjoys a large loyal following of customers.

 Safety and security

 The Avensis, although not the most atractive car is well protected with, remote central locking, an imobilizer, and an alarm feature acrross the range. Other options for the Avensis are security sketching and visible VIN which are both cost efficient. The Avensis comes with a first-class safety kit. Twin front, side and curtain airbags come as standard, along with an airbag under the steering column for the driver. Rear Isofix mounting points are also thrown in across the range. On the active front, ABS plus electronic traction and stability controls are present.

 The Finishing Touches

 The cars standard adio system includes, a unique-fit radio with a legible LCD display, RDS plus a single CD slot and cassette player.  The systems controls are easy to use  and the basic ones are copied on to the steering wheel. The unit provides good sound quality. The contols, dials, and knobs can be small and hard to use depending on the model you get. However the optional full-color DVD system is fast but can be costly.The Avensis is not the most atttractive car but it’s image can be improved if the buyer goes for a lighter exterior color. The cars inside is more casual with all the dark plastics which dominate, however the center console does brighten it up a bit.

 Summary

 The Avensis delivers a comfortable cabin, a supple ride and good  road manners. The Avensis can definitely hold its own with rival brands. The car does lack a little something when it comes to driver involvement though. The car does deliver  high levels of standard comfort and safety kit that is coupled with an impressive range of engines. If you are interested in purchasing an Avensis, head over to buyyourtoyota.co.uk.

Mazda 5

The Japanese company has finally established a people carrier that offers a little flair and a whole lot of practicality. The Mazda 5 combines the compact size of its five seater with the functionality of its seven seater.

The Mazda 5, is a vehicle that looks sharp while incorporating Mazda’s acclaimed ‘Karakuri’ seating system. The car reflects some similarities with Vauxhall’s groundbreaking Flex7 arrangement, but also introduces some new concepts as well. The car introduces a seat that can transform into an armrest or storage unit and an attempt to create communal space between all rear passengers. The Mazda5 is also the first car in its class to offer sliding doors, that add a touch of common sense and practicality to a car of this type. The Mazda provides one of the most enjoyable on-road driving experiences among in its class. The Mazda 5 shares the same chassis as some of the more popular and enjoyable brands. The car’s cabin design is far from spectacular rather dull. A few of Mazda’s attempts at uniqueness may actually backfire, and many buyers are skeptical of the car’s new log book system. The company assures buyers that maintenance performed by others will be documented as well.

 Practicality

 The car offers buyers good value for their money. The car is practical as a people carrier and a load lugger. The car’s six seating system plus one will come in very handy and add additionalk versatility to the vehicle. The car’s digital log system may lower resale values. The 5 is a six seater that offers an additional seventh seat when needed. The car offers very adequate cabin space and many versatile storage compartments. The car has over forty storage compartments total. The controls and dials are functional and easy to find. They are somewhat oudated looking and the backlighting is a yellow/green color and is less than impressive. The Mazda 5 offers much in the way of comfort. The driver’s seat is completely adjustable and can be reclined. The seat even offers lumbar support adjustment. The steering wheel is adjustable for reach and rake, and the 2+3+2 seating arrangement works well and provides good headroom though the central seat in the second row will be uncomfortable on long journeys. The Mazda 5 is the only car in its segment in Europe to have sliding doors. This has done wonders for the car’s accessibility. They open easily and widely providing easy entry and exit from the car’s cabin.The car offers a dual-stage tailgate, designed so that shorter people can easily close the car’s boot. The car can be difficult to park. Judging distance in the car can be difficult and rear visibility isn’t great. The car does not come standard with parking sensors but may be a good idea as a cost option to buyers.

 Life Style

 The Mazda 5 delivers a smooth and comfortable ride. The car provides good acceleration, excellent braking, and direct steering. The Mazda 5 is at the top of its class in drivability. The Mazda 5 is a terrific family vehicle. It offers buyers a lot in terms of space, practicality, and versatility. Families will enjoy the choice of seating arrangements being offered and the amount of practical storage space that is included. This is not likely to be a good first car for many newly licensed drivers. Its size will be more than most new drivers require, and the car poses significant parking issues for new and inexperienced drivers. The car’s exterior finish is excellent, but the car’s interior finish lacks something to be desired. The car provides excellent value for the money but image conscious buyers will most likely opt for a bigger name brand.

 Security and Safety

Security has not been overlooked in the Mazda 5. The car comes equipped standard with an engine immobiliser system, and a Thatcham Category-1 security alarm system. This system has an intrusion sensor that detects break-ins through the windows or other openings. The car comes standard with three-point seat belts and adjustable headrests on all seats. There are front and side airbags for the driver and front passenger, and large curtain airbags come standard on all three rows.

 The Finishing Touches

The car’s stereo system includes a standard audio system with an AM/FM radio and a CD player with six speakers. Sport models get an autochanger and two additional speakers. Sound quality is good but not great. A 20 gigabyte Hard Disk Drive sound system can be ordered as a rear entertainment system that includes a seven-inch LCD and DVD player. There are two interior trim and material packages, the first offers a light beige colour, and the second package offers a basic black. The beige package creates a spacious feeling but will get dirty faster. Dark exterior colours can make the car look heavy and metallic colours look more flattering but cost extra.

 Summary

The Mazda 5 offers more in the way of practicality rather than style, it is very different to look at compared to cars such as the Mazda 3. It’s dependable nature and fair pricing will be attractive to buyers, however competition is very high in this segment and buyers will be tempted to shop around for the best deal or the most exclusive badge name for some.