TOY­OTA CAMRY HY­BRID HL

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VALUE The HL gets power seats, dual-zone cli­mate con­trol, key­less en­try and ig­ni­tion, re­vers­ing cam­era and rear park­ing sen­sors, 17-inch al­loy wheels (and full-size spare), fog lights, leather-wrapped steer­ing wheel with con­trols for phone and 10-speaker dig­i­tal sound and power rear-win­dow shade. TECH­NOL­OGY The petrol-elec­tric driv­e­train packs a punch with­out drink­ing heav­ily. It goes about metro mun­dan­i­ties with min­i­mal fuss. The 2.5-litre four-cylin­der (118kW/213Nm) teams up with elec­tric mo­tor (105kW/270Nm), which un­der bat­tery power alone cov­ers short dis­tances at low speed. DE­SIGN No more white­goods on wheels, said Toy­ota, but it’s a slow process. The Camry is get­ting bet­ter look­ing but the real gains are in cabin and boot space, al­though the lat­ter yields a lit­tle to elec­tric gear. Longer, wider, taller and heav­ier, the Camry has room for a fam­ily of four and gear to the tune of 421L. SAFETY ANCAP awards the Camry five stars thanks to seven airbags (dual front, side, ful­l­length cur­tain and driver’s knee), seat belt re­minder for all oc­cu­pants, sta­bil­ity and trac­tion con­trol and ABS. There’s also a blind spot mon­i­tor and auto-dip­ping high beam. DRIVE Thanks to elec­tric com­po­nents at the rear, the hy­brid Camry has a bal­anced feel. Mo­tive out­puts are smooth, lin­ear and am­ple, en­dow­ing ef­fort­less pace. The lack of de­cent tow­ing ca­pac­ity is a mi­nus — it’s just 300kg. It’s a quiet con­veyor of fam­i­lies that’s not as mun­dane as its an­ces­tors.

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