Which used Toyota Avensis hatchback should I buy?
The saloon is slightly cheaper than the equivalent hatchback, but we'd pay the (very small) premium to have five doors. Access to the hatch's luggage area is easier and its split rear seats fold completely flat, whereas the saloon's sit slightly proud.
We'd also take the 114bhp 2.0-litre diesel for its smooth, refined pull and mile-stretching fuel economy. If you think that still won't be enough, there's also a very fine 148bhp 2.2 diesel, linked up to a six-speed manual gearbox, for even more punch.
That said, the petrol engines are all decent enough. The 1.8 can feel a little underpowered at times, so the 2.0 is a better bet, while a 161bhp 2.4 direct injection motor tops the range.
You'll certainly not want for safety kit, which includes twin front, side and curtain airbags, as well as one for the driver's knees, plus electronic driver aids. Air-con and a CD player are standard on all models; T3-S, T4 and T Spirit have sat-nav.