In one word, average. A 600 mile trek in 24 hours gave me an opportunity to get to know it.
First impressions were good, the silver car looked impressive in the driveway and just like the adverts one couldn't help but think you may have gone up in the world.
However the nice exterior couldn't make up for some of its manners on the road - probably one of its two main let downs. The car seemed poised at low speed but at motorway cruising pace the car seemed twitchy - too keen to drift and always requiring subtle corrections to stay in lane.
The engine has enough pull to move away and never did it run out of pace. 5th gear is surprisingly forgiving on a long motorway cruise. You could leave it in 5th and never need to change gear; however this means you find the cars behind impatient as the car builds momentum unless you drop a gear.
The dash was very neat and looked and felt well built. It impresses on the equipment stakes, however this means too many buttons leaving you slightly distracted. The trip computer also provides plenty of amusement on a drive, however I never did work out how to stop it reseting everytime I stop and turn off the ignition.
The second let down was the seating. Now I'm not particularly tall (only 6) but try as I may I never did get the driver's seat to a position I liked. The seat seemed not to go low enough to cater for me.
So in conclusion its not a bad car, but recommend a good test drive to make sure the seats suit you.
I must admit to being very impressed with our new Toyota. One word stands out, and that is competent.
The Avensis is lovely to drive, its handling is excellent and the ride is extremely comfortable - there is really nothing to dislike about it. It's the little details that make it stand out for me, the CD player is brilliant quality and the brakes are superb - they have already saved me when a dog ran out in front of me on a country road. And after driving a VW Polo Diesel with an extremely difficult gearbox the Toyota is really quite a joy.
The dealer was extremely good also - giving us an good discount and being helpful and courteous throughout.
My only niggle is that is still needs servicing every 10,000 miles. If you do a lot of miles this can be a bit of a pain and servicing costs are not cheap.
We have no problems with this car at all - no squeeks, rattles or trim problems. My Polo had to go back to the dealers five times before all the problems with it were fixed - so the Avensis is a breath of fresh air.
I would recommend one to anyone who wants a good all round car with impeccable reliability.
Well, I finaly joined the rat race and bought a "familly" car and have broken away from the mold of the small sports hatch... and why oh why has it taken me so long?
I turned up at a Toyota dealer and saw my next car sitting there. nice colour, good design "but not too flashy".
My old car was a 2-year-old Fiat Stilo and there could not be more difference between the two for build quality and ride. When you sit in the cabin you really feel like this could be a Lexus or BMW - just cheaper.
Everything was where it should be and is easy to read, the Sat Nav is a real bonus too and doesn't take up half the dashboard like on other cars and could be mistaken for being just a radio screen.
The seats are comfortable but there is a lack of an ajustable lumber support on this model.
The room in the back is huge and the boot could be used for a party it's so big. And that is the reason I needed a car of this size.
The engine copes with the motorways very well and the auto box allows me to sit in heavy traffic (a trend for today's roads) and not worry about gears. On the open road the semi-auto is also available for dropping the gears to overtake the darn tractor that infront of you.
Overall I'm looking forward to the next few years of owning an Avensis. This car I know already after a couple of weeks will last a lot longer than that.
Well done Toyota. I recomend this car.
I have test driven this car twice and found it to be both comfortable and enjoyable.
It has great mid-range pull on the motorway and I found that up hills it easily pulled past drivers who were slowing down due to the steepness of the gradient.
Around town, it's a smooth drive and has plenty of acceleration to pull away at a decent speed.
I have recently ordered one as a new company car and I am awaiting delivery. When I test drove it, I found that there was plenty of space to house the family and all of the junk that you carry around with 2 kids. Also, the standard kit that is provided is excellent on this model with extra nice touches such as the brushed steel effect console and the dual Climate Control feature. All round a superb car to drive and own.
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