What Car? says

4 out of 5 stars

For Plenty of space, masses of kit and strong reliability

Against Restless ride. The interior is drab and dull

Verdict A reliable family car, but not the most inspiring

Go for… 1.8 GLS

Avoid… S trim

Toyota Avensis Hatchback
  • 1. Pre-2000 models with low mileages have reported problems with the gearbox
  • 2. There are known problems with the power steering system
  • 3. Worn rear seats or interior trim may suggest the car has been used as a minicab
  • 4. The Avensis's boot space is good compared with rivals'
  • 5. The steering wheel only adjusts for rake, but the controls are well laid out
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