Guide to Toyota Avanza in South Africa

Used by small businesses, families, and taxi drivers, the Toyota Avanza is one of South Africa's most adored cars. Avanza is Spanish for 'get moving' and this lovable vehicle does just that, transporting thousands of South Africans around each day.

In one of the many multi-brand operations that exist in the market, Toyota partnered with Daihatsu to create the Avanza. It's a mini multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) and the Japanese brand's answer to the high demand for low-cost, practical, and reliable family vehicles.

The Avanza has certainly found a home in South Africa, as it has become one of the best-selling MPVs in the country, according to NAAMSA vehicle sales reports.

A brief history of Toyota Avanza

Based on the older Toyota Kijang, the Toyota Avanza was designed with practicality and simplicity in mind. Sharing a platform with the Daihatsu Xenia, the Avanza uses a unibody design to incorporate a larger interior for its occupants.

In the years following the 1997 Asian financial crisis, Toyota needed to produce a car that was affordable for the budget constraints of the market. In 2003, the Toyota Avanza was unveiled. Toyota itself expected sales volumes of between 2,500 and 5,000 units in the first year, but ended up selling nearly 15,000.

The second-generation Toyota Avanza was unveiled in 2011 and is the model still in production today. In 2018 the model did undergo a facelift.

Toyota Avanza details

The Avanza offers new and updated features and styling while still being affordable. The seven-seater makes commuting comfortable, with a spacious interior and loads of door pockets offering extra storage space.

Electric windows, power steering, and a dual manual air conditioner make the drive even more pleasant. Anti-lock braking system (ABS), vehicle stability control (VSC), and traction control ensure the driver has added safety assistance.

The base Toyota Avanza 1.3 S offers 71kW and 121Nm of torque while boasting a combined fuel cycle of 6.1 L/100 km and emits 145 g/km of CO2.

Buying a Toyota Avanza

The Toyota Avanza is available at any Toyota dealership across the country, with many offering their own specials or discounts on the vehicle. The automaker also offers its in-house Toyota Financial Services, which helps people customise a financing plan that fits their budgets.

The entry-level Toyota Avanza 1.3 S retails from R234,100.

Toyota Avanza warranty

The Toyota Avanza service plan is valid for four-years/60,000 km with service intervals every 12 months or 15,000 km and includes a three-year/100,000 km warranty

The Toyota Warranty offers roadside assistance, a competitive premium, genuine Toyota parts, and an easy claims process. Find out more about the Toyota Genuine Warranty on their website or by visiting a Toyota dealership near you.

Toyota Avanza insurance

Toyota assembles its vehicles in South Africa and is among the best-selling auto manufacturers in the country. This leads to excellent availability of spare parts, making services faster and cheaper. This could also result in a lower premium on a Toyota Avanza car insurance quote.

Toyota offers their MyToyota in-house insurance policy, which ensures all repairs are completed by a Toyota-accredited service agent. It also covers against hail damage, accidental damage, theft, and hijacking. Before you commit, remember to hippo it! We offer a quick and easy way to compare multiple insurance quotes so you find the best one for you. Try it now and find out what you'd pay for insurance on a Toyota Avanza.

Sources: Toyota South Africa, Wikipedia, Naamsa, Vehicle Theft Report

Information provided for informational purposes. Prices quoted correct at the time of publishing this article.