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TOYOTA CAMRY SALOON

2.5 VVT-i Hybrid Excel 4dr CVT

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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. Here's the improved version.

Background

You might never have heard of the Toyota Camry. Between 2004 and 2019, after all, it wasn't sold here and during that period, we missed a couple of model generations. 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 led to its return in 2019 as a 'self charging' petrol/electric hybrid that shares most of its engineering with the more image-conscious Lexus ES. That car was updated a year on to create the model we're going to look at here.

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

Visual changes to this revised model have added a bit of extra overtaking presence. The front grille and bumper have been restyled and there are new finishes for the lower grille and side ornamentation, plus restyled 17 or 18-inch alloy wheels and revised tail lamps. Otherwise, it's much as before. 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, the main change lies in the addition of a larger 9-inch 'floating' multimedia centre-dash infotainment display, including 'Apple CarPlay'/'Android Auto' smartphone-mirroring. Otherwise, apart from a restyled instrument panel finish and smarter leather upholstery, things are as they were. 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). There's loads of room in the back, 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.

Market and Model

There's just one saloon body style and one hybrid engine option for Camry buyers, but you do get a choice of trim levels - 'Design' (which costs around £32,000) and plusher 'Excel' (which will set you back around £2,600 more). There's lots of kit included as standard, with both versions getting leather upholstery, powered seats and the 'Toyota Touch 2' 9-inch centre-screen with Go multimedia and navigation system. This incorporates DAB reception, 'Apple CarPlay'/'Android Auto', Bluetooth phone connection, audio streaming and Advanced Voice Recognition. Customers can choose from different instrument panel finishes: a black engineered wood with an organic base pattern overlaid with straight lines, and a Titanium Line pattern, a low-contrast, regular geometric pattern with a three-dimensional effect. There are also restyled 17 and 18-inch wheels, the former with "twisted-V" spokes and the later comprising paired slim and twisted spokes with contrasting bright machined and dark finishes. This improved Camry now gains the latest Toyota Safety Sense features, adding Lane Trace Assist with steering assistance to help keep the car centred in traffic lane; Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control, which links with the Road Sign Assist to automatically bring cruising speed within the enforced limit; Emergency Steering Assist; and Intersection Turn Assistance, which recognises oncoming traffic or pedestrians crossing the road in the path of the car as it makes a turn at a junction.

Cost of Ownership

This hybrid is of the non-Plug-in kind: which is why it's so much cheaper than hybrid rivals who only offer Plug-in technology. On to the figures. A Camry manages up to 53.3mpg on the combined cycle (WLTP) and up to 120g/km of CO2 (WLTP depending on wheel size). In comparison, a Ford Mondeo 2.0 EcoBlue diesel auto model would manage 55.4mpg on the combined cycle and 132g/km of CO2. As you'd expect, to get the full benefit of the potential efficiency of this Toyota, you've got to do your part as a driver - and that means proactive use of the various modes and systems provided. To get anywhere near the figures being quoted, you'll need to keep the car locked into the 'Drive Mode Select' system's 'Eco' mode, which moderates throttle response and engine power output while tweaking the climate control. Plus you'll also need to keep a very careful eye on the Hybrid system indicator that replaces the usual rev counter on the dash, making sure that the needle stays as often as possible in either of the blue 'Eco' or 'Charge' zones. Garage visits should cost you significantly less than would be the case with a diesel rival, thanks to the low maintenance requirements built into the Hybrid Synergy Drive system. As part of this, there's no starter motor or alternator to go wrong, no drive belts to break, a maintenance-free timing chain, no particulate filter to get clogged up with diesel fumes and of course, thanks to the CVT auto gearbox, no clutch either.

Summary

The Camry's charms aren't difficult to identify. Hybrid power, obviously. You might wish it was one of those models of a plug-in persuasion, but then it would be far pricier. Aside from that, the Camry falls back on the same attributes that sold its Eighties and Nineties predecessors. Namely the fact that it offers more space for rear seat passengers and luggage than the Mondeo segment norm. Amongst saloons anyway. And it's better equipped for the money. If these advantages pique your interest, go right ahead and try this Toyota. Hybrid tax breaks will certainly reward you for doing so. Other rivals are more dynamic. But you might well feel that a Camry just makes more sense. Camry owners always have.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypeHybrid
Emissions
Emissions126.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed112mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • 7" TFT multi information display
  • 7" touch screen
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Adaptive cruise control (ACC) switch on steering wheel
  • Blind spot monitor
  • Bluetooth handsfree system
  • eCall emergency call system
  • Intelligent front parking sensors with automatic braking
  • Intelligent rear parking sensors with automatic braking
  • Lane departure alert with steering control
  • Low screen washer fluid warning
  • Multimedia switches on steering wheel
  • Navigation system
  • Power assist steering
  • Rear cross traffic alert with brake assist
  • Reversing camera
  • Road sign assist - RSA
  • Telephone switch on steering wheel
  • Voice recognition
  • Voice recognition switch on steering wheel
  • Wireless Mobile Phone Charger

Entertainment

  • 6 speakers
  • Audio switch on steering wheel
  • Aux-in connector
  • DAB digital audio broadcast
  • Toyota touch 2 multimedia system
  • USB connector
  • Wi-fi connectivity

Exterior Features

  • Anti-jam protection on power windows
  • Auto dimming rear view mirror
  • Automatic headlight levelling
  • Automatic headlights
  • Automatic high beam - AHB
  • Automatically retractable door mirrors
  • Body coloured door handles
  • Body coloured door mirrors
  • Electric heated door mirrors
  • Front and rear power windows
  • Headlight cleaners
  • Indicators integrated on door mirrors
  • LED daytime running lamp
  • LED fog lights
  • LED front light guide
  • LED headlight (high)
  • LED rear brake lights
  • LED rear combination lights
  • LED rear light guide
  • LED Turning signal
  • Noise reduction layer on windshield
  • Privacy glass
  • Rain repellent door mirrors
  • Rear window defogger
  • Shark fin antenna
  • Time adjustment on intermittent wiper
  • UV-filter on driver and passenger windows
  • Water repellent driver and front passenger windows

Interior Features

  • 3 rear headrests
  • 3 spoke leather steering wheel
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • Aluminium door scuff plates
  • Ambient lighting in front doors
  • Ambient lighting on rear doors
  • Boot light
  • Carpet mats
  • Clean air filter
  • Driver and passenger seatback pockets
  • Dual zone automatic air conditioning
  • Front cupholders
  • Front footwell lights
  • Front head restraints
  • Front overhead assist grips
  • Front personal lights
  • Gear shift indicator
  • Glovebox light
  • Heated driver and front passenger seats
  • Humidifying Nanoe air purifier
  • Illuminated entry system
  • Isofix seat fixing
  • Leather upholstery
  • LED centre room light
  • Light on driver sun visor
  • Light on passenger sun visor
  • Lockable glovebox
  • Power adjustable lumbar support on driver seat
  • Power adjustable lumbar support on front passenger seat
  • Power height adjustable driver seat
  • Power height adjustable front passenger seat
  • Power reclining driver seat
  • Power reclining front passenger seat
  • Power sliding driver seat
  • Power sliding front passenger seat
  • Power telescopic steering wheel
  • Power tilt adjustable steering wheel
  • Rear armrest
  • Rear cupholders
  • Rear overhead assist grips
  • Rear passenger 2.1 amp power outlet
  • Rear passenger coat hooks (2)
  • Rear passenger personal lights
  • Satin chrome interior door handles

Safety

  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • Acoustic vehicle alerting system
  • Anti lock braking system + Electronic brake force distribution
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Front seatbelt reminder
  • HAC-Hill-start Assist Control
  • Pre-collision system - collision avoidance braking
  • Supplemental restraint system (SRS) airbags - 7 airbags including driver, front passenger, curtain, side and knee airbags
  • Toyota safety sense 2 with lane change assist
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system

Security

  • Child safety door lock
  • Keyless smart entry with push button start
  • Speed detecting automatic door lock

Technical

  • McPherson strut front suspension
  • Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)

Trim

  • Black centre console

Wheels

  • 18" 20 spoke alloy wheels
  • Temporary spare wheel

Technical Data

Emissions - ICE

  • CO
    0.15
  • CO2 (g/km)
    101
  • HC
    0.019
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • NOx
    0.002
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    126
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max
    127
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min
    126
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High
    141
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max
    143
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min
    141
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High
    112
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max
    113
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min
    112
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low
    139
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max
    141
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min
    139
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium
    110
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max
    112
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min
    110

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    2487
  • Compression Ratio
    14.0:1
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    4
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    87.5
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    103.5
  • Engine Code
    A25A-FXS
  • Engine Layout
    FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Delivery
    MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
  • Gears
    1 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    16
  • Transmission
    AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
    5.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max
    5.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min
    5.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High
    5.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max
    5.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min
    5.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High
    3.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max
    3.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min
    3.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low
    3.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max
    4.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min
    3.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium
    8.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max
    8.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min
    8.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb
    53.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max
    50.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min
    53.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High
    49.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max
    47.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min
    49.6
  • WLTP - MPG - High
    78.5
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max
    72.4
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min
    78.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Low
    72.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max
    67.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min
    72.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium
    34.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max
    33.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min
    34.4

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    Yes
  • Badge Engine CC
    2.5
  • Badge Power
    218
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    VVT-i Hybrid
  • Coin Series
    Excel
  • Generation Mark
    8
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    15A
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    12
  • Service Interval Mileage
    10000
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    100000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    5
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months
    Not Available
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage
    Not Available
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    8.3
  • Engine Power - BHP
    218
  • Engine Power - KW
    160
  • Engine Power - RPM
    5700
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    163
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    22.5
  • Engine Torque - NM
    221
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    3600
  • Top Speed
    112

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    Yes
  • Tyre Size Front
    235/45 R18
  • Tyre Size Rear
    235/45 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare
    SPACE SAVER
  • Wheel Style
    20 SPOKE
  • Wheel Type
    18" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1445
  • Length
    4885
  • Wheelbase
    2825
  • Width
    1840

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    50
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    2100
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    524
  • Max. Loading Weight
    505
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1595
  • No. of Seats
    5
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Customer Reviews

   
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Madeline Biggs

"Received my car this week and I cannot recommend this company enough!! They helped me find my perfect car and then helped every step of the way till it's delivery. Even after that they checked to see if I was happy. They went above and beyond and I have already been recommending them to my family and friends. Thanks to all the the team at Silverstone Fleet Management - car leasing in Northampton"

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Dan Jones

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"Superb service. After having been really let down by another leasing company, Silverstone saved the day. Really professional, quick and pleasant staff. Clear communication and quality service from start to finish. I was so pleased with the service I leased another car from them! Thanks especially to Aby, who was a superstar. I leased a Tesla Model 3 (and now a Fiat 500 too!)"

"2 weeks ago"

Emily Evans

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"I'm so impressed with the level of service that I have been provided with by both Ryan and Holly. All of my questions were answered quickly and clearly, my new car is absolutely beautiful and I can't believe how quick delivery was! Thank you so much guys! :)"

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"The team at Silverstone have been brilliant, my journey started with Ryan who looked after me initially and provided all the quotes on different vehicles, lease lengths & mileage options he never lost interest and was always there to tweak as I needed, nothing was too much trouble. The order process was simple and I was kept up to date all the way through. Holly then picked up my account and was nothing short of amazing! She has the patience of a saint, keeping me updated on the phone, email and through the vehicle tracker all the while dealing with me and my constant questions! A few teething issues on delivery but all down to Tesla and as soon as I asked for help Holly stepped up to help get them all sorted! I would highly recommend to anyone!"

"6 months ago"

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