What's the used Toyota Avensis hatchback like?
This is such an easy car to live with. It's a doddle to get comfortable behind the wheel, the dashboard layout is intuitive and the well-weighted controls work with real precision.
It's practical, too, with plenty of oddment spaces around the driver, and four passengers won't be short of room in the solidly screwed-together cabin. The boot - hatch or saloon - is one of the largest in the class, too.
You get plenty of equipment to keep you safe and comfortable, and the car secure (an alarm, deadlocks, marked parts and etched windows are standard).
On the road, too, the Avensis is similarly impressive, and the engines are refined, although the petrols can get noisy when you rev them hard. In this respect at least, the diesels are better and cruise in near silence.
Whatever engine you have under the bonnet, the Avensis goes round corners tidily, with little lean, and the firm ride is fine until you build up speed, when it can become jittery. Wind noise is well contained on the motorway, but road roar does intrude.