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What Car? says

4 out of 5 stars

For A reliable car with plenty of interior space and kit

Against Restless ride. The interior is drab and dull

Verdict A reliable family car, but not the most inspiring to drive

Go for… 1.8 GLS

Avoid… S trim

Toyota Avensis Estate
  • 1. Pre-2000 models with low miles have reported problems with the gearbox
  • 2. There have been problems with the power steering system, so check it carefully on your test drive
  • 3. The steering wheel only adjusts for rake, but the controls are well laid out
  • 4. Headroom in the back is better than in the hatch, thanks to the higher roof
  • 5. The large, well-shaped boot is a match for its rivals'
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