For The Toyota Avensis Tourer 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 Estate, and a Skoda Octavia Estate is cheaper to buy and run.
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The Toyota Avensis Tourer 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 Tourer 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 the 2.0-litre diesel, because the other models aren't much quicker and cost 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:
23,000 miles and 2 years into ownership and try as I might I can't find any reason to change this car - my car history is that I've never owned a car…
Firstly, I traded in my 59 plate Tourer 2.2 D-4D T4 for £10K (which the dealer now has on sale for £13K incidentally) for the newer more fuel…
Have owned my 2.0 TR tourer for 12 months (9,000 miles) and it was a used buy. It's my 4th Avensis, having previously owned a 51 plate 1.8, a 55 plate…
I purchased this car from new and so far am very pleased with it. I do about 28K miles a year and find it suits my needs very well being fairly big…