There's a wide range of adjustment for both the Avensis' steering wheel and driver's seat, which makes for a basically good driving position. However, even with the seat at its lowest setting, taller drivers may feel they're perched rather high. The top-class dash is well laid out, but the simple stereo and air-con controls on cheaper models are easier to use than the all-silver push-buttons on higher-spec models.
Toyota Avensis space & practicality
As well as providing loads of head- and legroom in the rear seats, the Avensis Tourer has a squared-off rear end that gives it massive load space. The rear seats split and fold easily to make it a very practical wagon, and the only (slight) criticisms are that its wheelarches intrude more into the boot than some rivals’, while a bracing strut across the floor makes it less easy to load when the rear seats are folded.
Toyota Avensis equipment
With the estate being available almost exclusively in high-end trims, pretty much every model has decent equipment, in addition to the excellent safety kit (see below). The cheapest T2 models have air-conditioning and electric front windows, while every other one has climate control, four electric windows and satellite-navigation. T-Spirit models also have leather seat facings, and the flagship T180 model has privacy glass as well as a more powerful version of the 2.2-litre diesel engine.