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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.
  • 2.0 D-4D T3-S 5dr

    Steve McCabe Date: 07/08/2005
    • 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

    This is my company car and I have covered 22K in eight months. Nothing has gone wrong, during this time. Reliability is a given from Toyota.

    The turbo lag is the only criticism I would have against the engine. When the power kicks in, the car accelerates readily.

    However, the couple of seconds of turbo lag disappoints. The car is frugal and 50mpg on a mixed run is easily achieved.

    It has comfortable seats, sat-nav, quality fittings, air-con, CD player and nine airbags.

    I have covered over 1200 miles in one week and it never felt a hardship in this car. The cavernous boot is superb and I threw a single bed into the car with ease.

    After 22K, there are no rattles and squeaks, which suggests it has been well bolted together. I would recommend it to anybody who covers a lot of motorway miles but the steering can be a bit heavy in city-centre car parks.

    To sum up, it's a good reliable workhorse that has a quality feel.

  • 1.8 VVT-i T3-X 5dr

    Jon Ford , Surrey . Date: 14/06/2005
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I bought the car as a nearly-new ex demonstrator five months ago. It has proved to be far better than other cars I have owned, much better that the outgoing VW Passat.

    It has been totally reliable, is quiet and feels safe. There is loads of space inside and everything has a quality feel. Fuel economy is outstanding for a large petrol car, and insurance costs are very low.

    To drive, it is hardly sporty, and even a bit dull, but it goes well enough and holds the road extremely well. The brakes are excellent and it generally imparts a feling of solid security on the road.

    It has proved very comfortable for me at six feet and my wife who is about a foot shorter. The boot is huge and there is loads of space for alll the kids' stuff.

    All in all, a highly competent car. If you want a sports car go elsewhere, but as a family car it takes some beating.

  • 2.0 D-4D T2 5dr

    Ray Eamus Date: 07/04/2005
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I bought this car in March 2004. I wanted a safe, reliable, fuel efficient machine with lots of room.

    The diesel estate Avensis fulfils all of these requirements - and more. Everything works as it should - with the possible exception on the air-con, which struggles a little when its very hot - and has to be used on a high setting. I get fantastic mpg around town for such a large car - and it is a large car in the estate version - you get a LOT of room.

    The whole driving experience is one of quality, and smoothness. The TDI is responsive, and the brakes are excellent. It was a risk for me spending so much more on a car than I normally do - but I have no regrets that I made the decision to go ahead with this Toyota - I can thoroughly recommend it.

  • 1.8 VVT-i T3-S 5dr

    Arvid Massen Date: 17/03/2005
    • Overall verdict
      5 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

    The car was delivered new in May 2004 and not one single item has failed or given any reason for concern or complaint, now having passed 15,000 km on the clock.

    The handling is very good with the focus on safety and comfort. Consequently, it cannot be considered a sporty vehicle.

    ABS and stability control is very effective in icy and snowy driving conditions. Traction is very good using Viking Continental "friction" (not studded) winter tyres. Heating and A/C are powerful in wintery conditions on the south-westerly coast of Norway.

    I am very pleased with the professionalism and friendliness shown by the salesman and workshop (the latter I've only visited once for a standard 15,000km service).

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