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Model: Toyota Camry Hybrid Excel 4
Price: £31,295 otr
Engines: 2.5 litre hybrid motor
Performance: 0-62mph in 8.3seconds
Combined fuel consumption: 50.4- 53.3mpg (WLTP)
CO2 emissions: 101g/km (NEDC)
                 A classic returns in hybrid form. Motoring Journalist Sue Cooke test drives the all-new Toyota Camry...
A family drive to an outdoor show proved
a good test for the Toyota Camry I road tested this week. With me the driver in front alongside my passenger daughter, I wasn’t sure that there would be enough room in the rear to comfortably accommodate my son in law, a child in a child’s seat and an older child, but no-one complained.
However our very quiet and contented one hour journey could well have been assisted by nano technology. This new system ionises the air in the cabin when the climate control system is operated, ensuring a peaceful arrival at the showground!
On arrival, we were guided to a muddy field for parking, but the Camry took the spot of off-roading, all in its capable stride. And its VIP looks certainly stimulated a degree of respect.
The world’s best-selling upper medium saloon arrived on UK customers drives in July and has oodles of style and refinement. The eighth generation is exclusively a hybrid model and arrives as the Society
of Motor Manufacturers and Traders latest figures announce that hybrid growth is up 34.2%.
Powered by a new 2.5-litre self-charging hybrid powertrain the new Camry combines fuel efficiency, low emissions and a quiet cabin, with more power and greater responsiveness. Transmission is an electric CVT. All of which makes the four door saloon a fantastic long distance cruiser. And driving the miles away is much simpler with the host of new technology that comes even with the basic of the two equipment grades. ‘Design’ comes as standard with dual-zone automatic air conditioning, smart entry and push-button start, front and rear parking sensors, reversing camera and heated and power-adjustable front seats with lumbar support. I found the seven-inch TFT multi-information display simple to use. Other features include navigation, Bluetooth and DAB, 17-inch nine-spoke alloy wheels, leather upholstery and LED headlights.
The road test car was the Excel specification which adds LED dual-beam projector headlights, Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert, wireless charging tray, Intelligent Clearance Sonar and Lane Change Assist.
When driving around with a family on board, I always appreciate a long list of
safety features and the Toyota Safety Sense comprises a Pre-Collision Safety system with pedestrian detection, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with steering assist, Road Sign Assist, Sway Warning and Automatic High Beam.
Hybrid systems are the next step to driving an electric car, but they have a back-up combustion engine in place, just in case the charge runs out. There are many economical advantages of driving
a hybrid with low CO2 emissions and low fuel consumption. Yet the Camry can also provide a surge of power when required.
The Toyota Camry was last on sale in the UK 15 years ago and we have definitely been missing out on its prowess since then, as it proved a practical and spacious companion throughout my road test week. The addition of new technology, including the nano system which ionises the air in the cabin is amazing.
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