Can The 2019 Toyota Camry Appeal To European Buyers?

Last time Toyota sold the Camry in Europe, YouTube hadn’t been invented yet. But America’s best is back in the Old Continent in a modern package that keeps emissions in check, too, as a replacement to the Avensis.

With cars like the facelifted Skoda Superb in its sight, the 2019 Camry brings a familiar styling, 524 liters (18.5 cu-ft) of boot space, sufficient room in the back for taller passengers and a somewhat more premium feel than other smaller Toyotas. The equipment level won’t disappoint and neither will storage spaces, functionality of the infotainment system and soundproofing.

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The new Camry is only available with a hybrid powertrain in Europe. The 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine and electric motor produce a combined output of 218 hp. The average fuel economy, measured in the WLTP cycle, is 5.3 l/100 km (53.3 mpg UK / 44.4 mpg US), which is not bad considering the size of the car. Achieving that figure in the real world may be tricky, but not impossible. Still, more realistically speaking, drivers should expect at least 6 l/100 km (47.1 mpg UK / 39.2 mpg US).

The acceleration is swift, but it’s not the kind of car that will encourage spirited driving, being more of a comfortable cruiser.

Pricing kicks off £29,995 ($38,107/€33,859) in the United Kingdom and just a little under €40,000 ($45,014) in Germany. In Ireland, which is where this review took place, it starts at €39,750 ($44,733) and can be had in three grades named Hybrid, Sol and Platinum.


  • Sovereignty

    The dull as dishwater styling and poor MPG will win it very few fans in Europe.

    • mist

      My dishwasher is more appealing than that.

  • Daniela Wolf

    Shit quality, shit design, shit engines. Hell no. + no diesel

    • Seats & a steering wheel

      Sorry, which car are you talking about?.. a VW, Skoda, Peugeot, Alfa, FIAT, Citroen? Camry renown for quality and reliability (something the Europeans wouldn’t know about). The 2.5 Hybrid unit drives beautifully and Toyota has done a Stirling job with the TNGA platform. Looks are in the eyes of the beholder but I don’t see anything spectacular from European competitors in this segment. I think it will do okay, if it doesn’t then it’s Europe’s loss, more for us in Asia-Pac 😉

      • Loquacious Borborygmus

        Is that a Stirling Moss job?
        Reliability absolutely. Quality is a funny thing. Perceived quality, the VAG group sh*ts all over it.
        Quality of components, that’s a different matter.

      • Daniela Wolf

        That’s why most deaths/ 100 crashes occur in asian and american cars. 😛

  • GS27

    Do Toyota purposely make ugly vehicles?

    • brn

      It’s less fugly than the US version.

      • GS27

        Which isn’t saying much, and makes me even more curious.

        • brn

          I agree, but the US version crosses the line and I can’t consider it. The EU version, um if everything else is perfect.

  • ThatGuy

    Hey, those seats are from my 2009 Lexus IS250. But they are hella comfortable.
    From what i know about Europe, if this cannot compete with a base Audi A4, then well it will be a no go.

  • cat

    No diesel or 100% electric versión ? = no sales especially in Spain!

  • StrangerGP

    Nope, there are far better limousines to choose from. I’d rather have something like a Kia Stinger or Skoda Superb.

  • Joe Langan

    Doesn’t appeal to me whatsoever but Toyota Ireland sold out their allocation before they had any in dealerships to test drive, it’s very much a missed car here. When Toyota said they were ceasing sales in Europe, the Irish police force stockpiled a few.

    Toyota is a massively-popular brand in Ireland and the Camry was and is seen as its flagship by older customers who wouldn’t dream of buying a Lexus as they don’t have the all-important Toyota badge!

  • charlotteharry57

    I’m quite shocked that the Avensis is being replaced by the much larger Camry and not the new Corolla. This had better be a Europe-only thing. In Africa, where my sister works a lot, the Avensis isn’t being missed due to reliability issues, but they’re counting on the Corolla replacing it. Camrys there would be cost-prohibitive.

  • Vassilis

    Not with that engine…

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