For The Toyota Avensis Tourer is effortless to drive and the interior is comfortable and has simple controls. Most models are well equipped and benefit from low ownership costs.
Against The Avensis looks bland inside and out. It’s not as much fun to drive as a Ford Mondeo and the pricier models aren’t significantly better than the cheaper ones.
What Car? says
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 incredibly easy to live with. Choose the right model and it’s a great 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, easy to live with, comfortable and cheap to own.
If you’re a low-mileage driver, you’re best off with the 1.8 petrol; everyone else will be better served by the 2.0-litre diesel. There’s also a 2.2-litre diesel, but it isn’t much quicker than the 2.0 and cost more to buy and run.
TR trim is the one to go for because it provides climate control, Bluetooth and a touch-screen multimedia interface called 'Touch & Go'. 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 an upgraded stereo, leather trim and electric seats, we’d recommend TR over the pricier T4 and T Spirit models.
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…