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For The Toyota Avensis is effortless to drive and the interior is comfortable and easy to use. Most models are well equipped.

Against It looks bland, inside and out. It's not as much fun to drive as a Ford Mondeo, and a Skoda Octavia is cheaper to buy and run.

Toyota Avensis Saloon
33 5stars

The Toyota Avensis isn't a car that you'll ever lust after, but it's hard to fault in any area and is easy to live with. Choose the right model and it's a decent all-rounder.

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There are 13 Toyota Avensis versions available

Saloon 1.8 V-matic Active 4dr £17,700
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Saloon 2.0 D-4D Active 4dr £18,695
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon 1.8 V-matic Icon 4dr £20,300
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Saloon 2.0 D-4D Icon 4dr £21,295
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon 1.8 V-matic Icon+ 4dr £23,250
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Saloon 2.2 D-CAT 150 Icon 4dr £23,400
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Saloon 2.2 D-4D 150 Icon 4dr £23,450
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Saloon 2.0 D-4D Icon+ 4dr £24,245
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Saloon 2.0 D-4D Excel 4dr £24,495
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Saloon 2.2 D-4D 150 Icon+ 4dr £25,250
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Saloon 2.2 D-4D 150 Excel 4dr £25,500
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Saloon 2.2 D-CAT 150 Icon+ 4dr £26,350
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Saloon 2.2 D-CAT 150 Excel 4dr £26,595
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5

Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

The Toyota Avensis won’t be your idea of a dream car, but most versions are a great real-world proposition. Choose the right model and you’ll have a car that’s practical, comfortable and easy to live with.

You’re best off sticking with either the 1.8-litre petrol or 2.0 diesel engines. The 2.2-litre diesel model isn’t noticeably quicker than the 2.0-litre and costs more to buy and run.

Icon trim offers the best balance of equipment and price. It comes with dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth, cruise control and a rear-view camera. You also get a touch-screen multimedia interface; it’s pretty simple to use and gives access to the audio and Bluetooth systems, as well as sat-nav with a Google local search function.

So, unless you simply must have leather trim and electric seats, we’d recommend Icon over the pricier Excel version.

Reader test team says:

Toyota Avensis Saloon 2.0 D-4D Icon 4dr

Not the best of the best in the £20K class if i'm honest. Interior is good and comfortable. Economy is not the greatest by far for a new 2.0 common…

tom wowk

3 out of 5 stars

Toyota Avensis Saloon 2.0 D-4D T2 4dr

I have the 2012 model on loan at the moment and I have to say I'm disappointed. Engine is lacklustre and lacks punch. Interior is rubbish, horrible…

tony sheehan

2 out of 5 stars

Toyota Avensis Saloon 2.0 D-4D T4 4dr

Toyota's new avensis is the best yet. prices start from around £14,000 for the saloon and £16,000 for the tourer. theres a good amount of standerd…

John Goodall

4 out of 5 stars
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