2020 Toyota Camry May Not Be Ideally Suited For Europe

Europe’s mid-size car segment is not only very competitive, but also full of nameplates that are extremely hard to overlook, such as the VW Passat, Opel/Vauxhall Insignia, Ford Mondeo, Peugeot 508, Mazda6, Renault Talisman or the Skoda Superb.

Can America’s all-new Toyota Camry actually make a name for itself within that group? Well, based on this in-depth review by Carwow, it seems that it all depends on what your expectations are.

For starters, while the Camry does technically replace the Avensis, it doesn’t exactly fill in for it in every sense of the word. For example, the Avensis used to be available with diesel engines to compete against the TDIs, HDIs, dCIs and TDCIs of the world, but the Camry is about a whole different approach.

European buyers can only purchase it with a hybrid powertrain, comprised of a 2.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine, working alongside an electric motor for a combined output of 218 HP. It does work as an alternative to certain petrol-powered mid-size saloons, says this reviewer, but as an overall product, you might find that rival nameplates will offer you better value for money.

Also read: 2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid Hits UK Showrooms On April 1st

Also, while it does well for itself in terms of comfort and on-board tech, don’t expect it to feel in any way engaging to drive, neither in a straight line nor in the corners. If you want a more dynamic car from this segment, you’re probably better off with a Mazda6.

In the end though, if you want to steer away from diesels and like the idea of a hybrid powertrain, the all-new Camry will begin making sense.

 

  • mist

    Too big, too powerful and, well, just meh.

    • Loquacious Borborygmus

      I’m not sure about the too powerful part of your sentence.

      • Shobin Drogan

        Yes, firstly how is being too powerful a bad thing and secondly in what sense is a Camry considered “too powerful”?

      • mist

        Because less powerful engines are cheaper and that’s what people buy. And when people want that much power, they want some sportiness, something this Camry completely lacks.

        • Loquacious Borborygmus

          It’s not that powerful. A 2.0 diesel Passat has just about that much.

          • mist

            The majority of sales are for less powerful models, especially in countries where higher power and bigger engine capacity are more taxed.

          • Loquacious Borborygmus

            Yes but in the UK where the review was taking place, taxation is based on list price of the car (if privately purchased). For fleet, that’s another matter (emissions).
            200bhp isn’t really all that nowadays. Look at the Fiesta ST.

      • slither16

        They tax that in europe.

    • carlbolt

      Too “meh” for sure, but too powerful? Nay.

  • KAG25

    The noses on the Camry and Corolla, someone at Toyota decided they needed to be super aggressive cars suddenly .

    • TheBelltower

      Just the plastic bits on each end of the car. Which are a sharp contrast to the rest of the car which is painfully ordinary. They learned this from the “Pontiac Grand AM GT School of Design.”

      • KAG25

        The Pontiac, add more plastic molding until it looks good, design style. But those new Toyotas look like angry fish when I see them on the road.

  • TheBelltower

    The current generation Passat sold extremely well when they first launched it. The problem is that VW has neglected it, and it’s older than dirt now.

  • Loquacious Borborygmus

    Why are Europeans still hanging onto diesel?
    Country Super 95 Diesel
    Germany 1.46 EUR 1.23 EUR
    Great Britain 1.39 EUR 1.45 EUR
    France 1.51 EUR 1.45 EUR
    Spain 1.31 EUR 1.20 EUR
    Regular
    USA 0.59 EUR 0.74 EUR

    • europeon

      And diesel cars get even 50% better mileage.

      Not a fan of diesel cars, but I understand people that go for diesels to save some money.

  • Jussi

    European Passat is totally different car than North American. NA version is cheap thus not so well designed and manufactured. In Europe, the Passat is class leading car in is it’s category.

  • europeon

    Why are Europeans still hanging onto diesel?
    Country Super 95 Diesel
    Germany 1.46 EUR 1.23 EUR
    Great Britain 1.39 EUR 1.45 EUR
    France 1.51 EUR 1.45 EUR
    Spain 1.31 EUR 1.20 EUR
    Regular
    USA 0.59 EUR 0.74 EUR

    On top of what @disqus_vuZzY0RTqi:disqus said, diesels can get even 50% better mileage.
    And as far as hybrids are concerned, they’re just as bad as normal cars for longer trips.

    Not a fan of diesel cars, but I understand why people buy them. I have a gripe with people buying six figures luxury diesel cars, but “normal” every day cars, I get it.

  • Matteo Tommasi

    It’s just a boat, and this doesn’t work in Europe.

  • Liam Paul

    god the camry is so ugly

  • Doug Robb

    There was the Venza which was more or less an estate version of the camry but with all wheel drive as an option. There could be an estate for europe but there’s no plans as far as I’m aware

  • Benjamin B.

    Toyota only offers the Hybrid drivetrain in Europe as Toyota is moving away from diesel engines. First in its passenger cars. Then in its light duty pickup trucks and vans. The Hilux I suspect will stick around with its diesel until 2030. I’m not sure what the future of the Hilux looks like. Ford is committed to hybrid and all electric pickup trucks, so I assume Toyota will do the same. The Camry Hybrid is popular with taxi cab drivers like the Prius and Corolla Hybrid. Pay less on tax. Get similar MPG as diesels. But then again Toyota’s quality isn’t the best. It’s reliablity has suffered in recent years too. Ahem. Acceleraters sticking.

  • Penywise

    Lol, America’s Camry?? It’s produced and imported from Japan! The video review is absolutely biased and spares 90% of all the important details! For example, nobody ever mentions that in the VW/Skoda group, the side curtain airbags are an optionally paid extra not even fitted in their top trims!

    • Rimas Kurtinaitis

      1. Side curtain airbags are standard in all cars in the EU
      2. The Camry is made in the US
      3. Toyota needs to have standard equipment in order to sell cars, VW can just do without it
      4. The Passat GTE has 218 hp and 2.1 l/100 km while looking better

      Bottom line: European cars are just better and buyers know it.

  • Penywise

    The “European” Jetta is actually imported from Mexico

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