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Overall reader verdict 3 out of 5 stars

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

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19 reader reviews for Toyota Avensis Hatchback.
  • 2.0 GLS 5dr

    Antony Pointer , Dorset. . Date: 22/09/2007
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Not all Toyotas are reliable! I have had Oxygen Sensor failures at 22,000 miles and again at 29,000 miles - total repair cost at Toyota main dealer almost £500.From my research I believe there is a bigger problem with these sensors than Toyota would like to admit. They have refused to reveal how many sensors have needed replacing nationally over past five years but there are a number of reports of failures on the internet. I have also had problems with steering column noise and brake judder

  • 1.6 VVT-i GS 5dr

    martin williams Date: 27/02/2007
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    This is the worst car I have ever owned. The short block had to be replaced after 30,000 miles, because it was using too much oil. Toyota knows about this problem but does not inform its customers.

    The doors only close properly 50% of the time. Two petrol gauges have had to be replaced, and the starter motor is faulty. It has also had approximately 16/18 headlight bulbs in three years (all different makes). The only good point is that all work was carried out under warranty.

    I had this car from new. I now have a Honda Stream, which has done 16,000 miles and has not had one single problem.

  • 1.8 VVT-i GS 5dr

    Cathy Thompson , DOWN . Date: 19/04/2006
    • 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

    I've only had this used car for five months and was really enjoying driving her, then at 42,000 miles and at just four years old, the differential in the gearbox went, just before its first MoT, too!

    I'm paying the finance for her, but I can't drive her - I can't presently afford to fix her and I'm fighting with the dealers about them helping me. Please - is anyone else having this problem too, as I can't get my hands on a second-hand gearbox due to the demand in Northern Ireland for Gearboxes for this particular Avensis?

    Toyota is also denying that there's a problem - help!

  • 1.8 GLS 5dr

    Vanessa Morriss , Surrey . Date: 13/02/2006
    • Overall verdict
      4 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I've owned mine for three years and I'm very happy with her. She's my 'long-distance' car, so it gets plenty of hammering along the motorways. My Yaris is more economical and practical around town.

    With the minimum of maintenance and, I freely admit, the maximum abuse, my Avensis continues to doggedly soldier on. It has never let me down no matter how badly I treat it! Were there a society for the protection of cruelty to modern cars, I would have been hung years ago.

    I'll happily lavish loving care on pre-war vintage, veteran and a few classic cars; but any car I buy to drive on a daily basis gets the exact opposite. Few makes can take the punishment I give them, except Toyotas.

    The Avensis is a good all-round family car and gives excellent value for money. I've managed to get children plus all the necessary extras which accompany them, two large and one small dog, and cases stuffed with enough clothes to last us all three months into the car. We were going away for 10 days, and presents for all the relatives we'd be visiting; it still had plenty of room for two lts to sit comfortably.

    I was surprised how well the car held the road at very high speed considering it was sold as a family car. I've driven so-called sports cars which would be put to shame. It is not the flashiest of motors, but a quality, reliable, good value, no-fuss family car.

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