Thanks to its lightweight body, the Toyota Avanza did 0-100kmh in 13 seconds. Its rival, the Perodua Aruz did it in 15.7 seconds, while the Honda BR-V does it in 14 seconds flat. This is not the car kind of car you will buy for sporty acceleration, and that is forgivable.
With only 103 HP and a 4-speed automatic to work with, the Avanza tries its best. It's fine in city streets and highway, but overtaking requires more a step ahead. Sure, it feels nippy, but fast isn’t, and it would have been better if it comes with a 5-speed automatic. The long gearing feels like it's robbing too much power from the engine.
Performance then is just right for daily duties but not for the enthusiastic driver. Then again, going fast was never the Avanza's main forte, or point for a reason.
As it is running the similar 4-speed automatic gearbox for a decade plus old now, it is not the smoothest nor revolutionary. The kick-down is noticeable, and the ratio has been fine-tuned for acceleration and fuel economy.
Steering and Handling
Steering is light, but slightly weighted so you which makes manoeuvrability a whole lot easier. Being rear-wheel drive, it is nimble and takes corner quite gently, albeit with the noticeable amount of bodyroll to remind you it is an MPV.