Toyota Camry

 toyota camry

CAMRY SALOON - 2.5 VVT-i Hybrid Design 4dr CVT



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£29,094 

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The Toyota Camry shares much of its engineering with its Lexus ES cousin but, as Jonathan Crouch discovers, this spacious medium-sized saloon is also very much its own car.


Make
Derivative
Fuel
Total Price
CAMRY SALOON
2.5 VVT-i Hybrid Design 4dr CVT
HYBRID
£29,094.00
CAMRY SALOON
2.5 VVT-i Hybrid Excel 4dr CVT
HYBRID
£30,374.00

Ten Second Review

Toyota's making a habit of re-introducing its best-selling nameplates into our market. First, there was the return of the Corolla and now the Camry name is back too. As before, it sits on the boot lid of a Mondeo-sized saloon but this time, there's hybrid power beneath the bonnet - and that will be this Toyota's biggest selling point.

Background

You might never have heard of the Toyota Camry. It hasn't been sold here since 2004 after all and we've missed a couple of model generations in the intervening two decades. In the US though - and in many other international markets - the Camry is big news for the Japanese brand: in America alone, over 400,000 Camrys are sold each year. It was canned in the UK just after the turn of the century because of Toyota's inability at that time to offer a diesel option. So it's a touch ironic that the demise of diesel has led to its return now as a 'self charging' petrol/electric hybrid that shares most of its engineering with the more image-conscious Lexus ES.

ABOUT THE CAR

Take a look at the standard options on this car and the technical specifications
Electric Vehicle Data
Battery Capacity in kWh
6.5
Battery Type
Lithium-ion
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km)
98
Standard Euro Emissions
EURO 6
CO
0.15
HC
0.019
NOx
0.002
Engine and Drive Train
Engine Code
A25A-FXS
Cylinders - Bore (mm)
87.5
Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
103.5
CC
2487
Cylinders
4
Cylinder Layout
IN-LINE
Number of Valves
16
Camshaft
DOHC
Fuel Delivery
MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
Catalytic Convertor
True
Engine Layout
FRONT TRANSVERSE
Compression Ratio
14.0:1
Transmission
AUTO
Gears
1 SPEED
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
True
WLTP - MPG - Low - Min
72.4
WLTP - MPG - Low - Max
67.3
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min
34.5
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max
33.2
WLTP - MPG - High - Min
78.5
WLTP - MPG - High - Max
72.4
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min
49.6
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max
47.9
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min
53.3
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max
50.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min
3.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max
4.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min
8.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max
8.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min
3.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max
3.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min
5.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max
5.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min
5.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max
5.6
General
Generation Mark
8
Service Interval Mileage
10000
Service Interval Frequency - Months
12
Badge Power
218
Badge Engine CC
2.5
Vehicle Homologation Class
M1
Safety Concerns?
False
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
5
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
100000
Coin Series
Design
Coin Description
VVT-i Hybrid
Special Edition
False
Special Order
False
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
31D
Performance
0 to 62 mph (secs)
8.3
Top Speed
112
Engine Power - BHP
218
Engine Power - PS
True
0 to 60 mph (secs)
False
Engine Power - KW
160
Engine Power - RPM
5700
Engine Torque - LBS.FT
163
Engine Torque - NM
221
Engine Torque - RPM
3600
Engine Torque - MKG
22.5
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle
NEDC Correlated
Tyres
Wheel Style
9 SPOKE
Alloys?
True
Space Saver?
True
Tyre Size Rear
215/55 R17
Tyre Size Spare
SPACE SAVER
Wheel Type
17" ALLOY
Tyre Size Front
215/55 R17
Vehicle Dimensions
Length
4885
Width
1840
Wheelbase
2825
Height
1445
Weight and Capacities
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
524
No. of Seats
5
Minimum Kerbweight
1595
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
50
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Driving Experience

Under the bonnet sits a 2.5-litre four cylinder petrol engine aided by an electric motor powered by a battery of the 'self-charging' (ie non-Plug-in) variety. Total output is 218hp. In other words, in class terms it's just like a Ford Mondeo Hybrid. But unlike a plug-in Volkswagen Passat GTE or Kia Optima PHEV. As with those cars, you'll miss the in-gear flexibility that a diesel would give you. But that's the trade-off for saving the planet. The engine and/or the electric motor drive the front wheels via a sequential Shiftmatic auto gearbox. And of course the suspension is set up for comfort rather than for any kind of dynamic drive, though the stiffer platform of the car's GA-K chassis means it shouldn't be embarrassed if there's a need to push on round the bends. So what's the Camry experience like? Very quiet, is the answer. There's silence when first you begin and push the starter button. Silence when you ease through slow-moving rush hour traffic, the engine cutting in only above 25mph, unless you've a particularly heavy right foot. Like most hybrids, the car can trickle along powered by the battery pack only (as it is from start-off) or more usually, with a combination of both battery and engine, something you can monitor via a graphic display in the centre of the dash.

Design and Build

There's nothing especially arresting about the look of this Toyota but a slightly bigger size than the Mondeo segment norm does give it the look of a saloon from the next class up, which is no bad thing. Unlike rivals, there's no station wagon variant. Back in the Nineties, there was a Camry Estate but there are no plans for that version's return. Inside, it's as roomy and spacious as the exterior dimensions suggest this car would be. Leather upholstery is a given, as are heated and power-adjustable seats (this is a car designed for the American market after all). The 7-inch centre-dash display isn't huge by current standards though - and it lacks 'Apple CarPlay'. All will be forgiven once you take a seat in the back though, where there's space for three adults and a superb amount of legroom. Not quite as much as is offered in a rival Skoda Superb saloon, but a lot nonetheless. You get a big 524-litre boot too, which interestingly is far bigger than this model's mechanically-identical Lexus ES cousin.
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