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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    4 out of 5 stars

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15 reader reviews for Toyota Avensis Estate.
  • 2.2 D-4D T Spirit 5dr

    Mark Wenban , Cambs . Date: 20/07/2013
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      47.1

    My car

    Bought the car with 75k on the clock and in just under 2 years have lifted the mileage to 165k. During that time it has been very reliable and economic to own, with fuel economy around 49 mpg.

    As is noted in other reviews the headlights when dipped are not good although with beam it is fine. I find the ride and handling a little soft for my liking but passengers are happy enough. Performance is good but the engine never seems to be as powerful as 148bhp would suggest it should be and the torque does not really suit the high gearing but I have got used to that. Power delivery is smooth and there is minimal noise at motorway speeds.

    Equipment is excellent generally and the leather seats comfortable and practical. I gave up on the integral satnav and only use tomtom.

    Overall - very happy with the car.

  • 1.8 VVT-i T4 5dr

    David List Date: 27/12/2007
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Bought the 1.8 petrol T4 secondhand with 40k on clock in April this year and so far extremely pleased with it. Very easy to drive, steering gear change and clutch all very light and smooth which all make the car feel smaller than it really is. Build quality and refinement are both excellent as is economy (averages 40mpg, more if you go easy) plenty of room for family of 4 plus kit for those summer holiday trips with camping gear. Only negative issue is the dipped headlights as previously mentioned, i often have to use fog lights to assist the dipped beam on very dark roads. For a family estate car that is a bit different from the usual Passat, Volvo, Mondeo crowd with better reliability thrown in, it is superb value.

  • 2.0 VVT-i T4 5dr

    Dick Barton , sussex . Date: 12/04/2007
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Fabulous.Don't listen to 'boring' tag. This auto was a replacement vehicle for an Audi A6 I had for only a short while. The Audi rode hard and uncomfortable, in contrast the Avensis is comfy and spacious. Very impressed with it and the service I recieved at Toyota Yeomans Eastbourne was first class. Slightly gutted that I listened to all the 'boring car' twaddle and wish I'd bought one earlier. Plenty of good spec equipment and loads of space (I'm 6 ft 4 ins and appreciate a roomy car, some of the other so called exec motors really can't cater for anyone over 6ft). Bit of trim on the drivers armrest is loose but the car has done 40,000. Tourer looks pretty good too and in the dark blue nice and clean, looks classy. Have travelled as rear seat passenger and also felt well catered for in terms of space. Would definitely buy another.

    Dick Barton Sussex

  • 2.2 D-4D T Spirit 5dr

    Bob Senior Date: 07/05/2006
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Having had the car just over a month a covered just over 2000 miles I am generally very happy with the car.

    However I echo Trevor Lamacraft's comments about the dipped beam capability. The first time I used it at night I got the shock of my life! The shape of the dipped area is VERY precise (maybe because of the shape of the light itself?).

    Turning the adjustment up to maximum helps but it is still pretty poor. Having previously driven a Volvo S80 with Halfords Super Bright bulbs the Avensis initially feels like driving on side lights. Sadly Halfords don't do a SB light for the dipped beam on post 2003 models (yet?) so there does not appear to be an easy fix.

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