The Avensis In Winter. in Avensis Club Posted February 15, 2007 Wow,Finland is a challenge for any car I would say, especially Lapland :)I wonder, all-wheel-drive cars (Subaru, Audi Quattro) shall be also very popular? What I also appreciate very much, that my (diesel) avensis has additional heater (button in the left side, with curved arrows up). You press it after start of the engine, and inside is warm just after you cleaned the snow and ice out of the car (i.e. 2-5 min).However this winther is very warm here, so I cannot comment how the car starts at -30, max we had so far was -20C and engine starts with no problem.Unless you are really driving off-road, a 4x4 is unncessary here -- just like in England, most owners of 4x4s are down south around the capital where they don't need them but like to show off!We do cheat with cold starts, though -- there's an electric socket in an empty panel next to the fog lights on the front of the car, and this powers an electric element in the oil sump which preheats the engine block, and also powers an internal fan heater.I don't know about the button you mention -- the only ones I have to the left of my steering wheel are the light washers and the windshield and wing mirror heaters. There is an option to fit what I think is a gas powered heater under the bonnet, but at 2,000 euros I thought I would give it a miss this time!