Used Toyota Avensis Hatchback 2003 - 2009 review

Category: Family car

Section: Advice for buyers

Toyota Avensis Hatchback (03 - 09)
  • Toyota Avensis Hatchback (03 - 09)
  • Toyota Avensis Hatchback (03 - 09)

Advice for buyers

What should I look for in a used Toyota Avensis hatchback?

A full service history is very important. The Avensis isn't the kind of car that needs to be regularly pampered in the workshop, but a complete maintenance record is vital to maximise its resale value.

So far, this version of the Avensis has, like its predecessor, shown itself to be extremely robust. No surprise there, because it's a Toyota. However, there have been reports of clutches failing as soon as 10,000 miles, especially on the diesels. Most will have been replaced under warranty. Some cars have trouble with water or condensation in the headlights and with bulb holders melting. Again, you should be able to persuade a Toyota dealer to fix it under the warranty if it's still valid.