The second generation of the Avensis was introduced to the European market in 2003 in three bodyworks versions: sedan, hatchback, and station-wagon. The latter featured the largest trunk in its family. The first generation of the Avensis was only five years on the market before it was replaced. Its sales went well, but the Japanese car-maker understood that the European need a bigger car. Its main rivals, such as the Volkswagen Passat, Ford Mondeo, or Renault Laguna featured bigger and more comfortable vehicles. Even their main rivals, Honda, was on the market with a bigger station-wagon. So, in 2003, the second generation arrived in February. It was longer by 115 mm (4.5”) than its predecessor and promised a better value for the money. A new platform and a new engine lineup showed that the company returned with its lessons learned well. From the design point of view, the Avensis wasn't a big achievement. Its main qualities were underneath the surface. The reliability factor and the comfortable seats were the main plus points. No wonder that its buyers were mostly men. Inside, the flat but comfortable seats were fitted as standard with velour upholstery that was wear-resistant and easy to clean. With the rear seats up, its trunk space was 521 liters (18.4 cu-ft), which was bigger than some of its rivals. Depending on the trim level, the Avensis Tourer was offered with leather and heated seats. The powertrain came in a few engine choices, both gasoline, and diesel. Depending on the engine choice, the standard transmission was a 5- or 6-speed manual and a 4- or 5-speed automatic was on the options list.