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.
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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
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:
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…
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…
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…