Used Toyota Avensis Estate 1997 - 2004 review

Category: Estate car

Section: Our recommendations

1997 - 2004 review
Toyota Avensis Estate (97 - 04)
  • Toyota Avensis Estate (97 - 04)
  • Toyota Avensis Estate (97 - 04)
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Which used Toyota Avensis estate should I buy?

The Avensis was launched with four engines: a 1.6, 1.8 and 2.0-litre petrol and a 2.0-litre turbodiesel.

In 2000, the diesel was replaced by a 2.0-litre D-4D engine, the 1.6 and 1.8-litre petrol engines were replaced by new VVT-i units, the 2.0-litre got a power hike, all models were facelifted and prices were lowered. Our favourite is the flexible 1.8 petrol.

Trim levels start with S, which has electric front windows, remote locking and twin airbags. GS adds a sunroof and air-con, GLS gets a CD player and four electric windows (making this our pick of the bunch), while CDX has alloy wheels and a leather interior. Most versions have standard sat-nav. SR trim is available on only the 2.0-litre petrol or diesel engines and has alloys, a bodykit and sports interior.