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What Car? says

4 out of 5 stars

For Masses of safety kit and a five-star Euro NCAP rating

Against Noisy petrol engines, firm ride

Verdict Safe, dependable and spacious family transport

Go for… 2.0 D-4D T2

Avoid… None

Toyota Avensis Hatchback
  • 1. Clutches can fail as soon as 10,000 miles, especially on diesels
  • 2. Some cars have trouble with water or condensation in the headlights and with bulb holders melting
  • 3. Check the steering and brakes, which can very occasionally give trouble
  • 4. The dashboard layout is intuitive and the well-weighted controls work with precision
  • 5. There's plenty of room for passengers in the rear, so this makes a fine family car
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