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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.
  • 1.8 VVT-i T3-X 5dr

    Roger Rolph Date: 17/02/2005
    • 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

    I took out a demonstrator before ordering and didn't want to give it back. If you try out the back seats for legroom, don't forget the childlocks on the doors as it's quite a scramble into the front cabin if there's no-one around to help!!

    It's 21 months old now and with 53,000 on the clock. A wonderful smooth cruise on the motorways, a real big car feel and an imposing presence. It has oceans of boot space for holidays. I am very tall and have had back problems, so a good driving position and comfortable seats are high on my priority list.

    Not so good on twisty bumpy roads, some acceleration dead spots, especially trying to pull out at junctions in second gear at very low speed. Often have to come down an extra gear to get some real oomph for overtaking, not too bad when alone but noticeable when the teenagers are onboard.

    Good sound system and climate control. Both headlight bulbs failed at 45,000, annoyingly within days of each other. Why don't they replace these things in pairs and avoid the extra trip to the garage? I would consider the 2.0 VVTi T4 next time, but quite a hike in CO2 tax liability.

  • 2.0 D-4D T2 5dr

    John Allan , Clacks . Date: 10/12/2004
    • 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    The car is now seven months old with 23,000 miles on the clock. It's generally comfortable on long journeys although some lumbar support adjustment would be nice.

    I took the service plan for the car and so far the dealer has not charged me for anything, despite having numerous checks made at each visit.

    The only issue so far is the nearside headlight 'wobbling' - this was supposed to have been fixed at the last service and it will now have to go back!!

    The front tyres were replaced at 20,000, with Continentals. Road noise is slightly higher now, but cornering feels better.

    Huge boot, masses of interior space, engine sometimes feels underpowered. Base level trim not the easiest to keep clean.

    Ride height is low, and suspension is soft - it bottoms out on nearly every speedhump, especially with weight in the back. The towbar has been fitted to protect the car!!

    Fuel economy is good, with boot full of kit, long hard journeys on motoway and country roads, still average 46mpg.

    See how the long term works out, but have driven Mazda 6 which feels stiffer and more powerful.

  • 1.8 VVT-i T3-X 5dr

    Gary Norton , Nottinghamshire . Date: 06/11/2004
    • 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
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Having owned the car now for 19 months and covered only 16,500 miles, I am not as happy as I was with my previous car (RAV 4) .

    The trim on the inside of the car I do not think is of the same standards as a Japanese-built model. And wind and road noise needs to be sorted out.

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