Used Toyota Avensis Hatchback 1997 - 2004 review

Category: Family car

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Toyota Avensis Hatchback (97 - 04)
  • Toyota Avensis Hatchback (97 - 04)
  • Toyota Avensis Hatchback (97 - 04)
Used Toyota Avensis Hatchback 1997 - 2004 review
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Which used Toyota Avensis hatchback should I buy?

The Avensis was launched in the UK in 1997 with three bodystyles, this five-door hatchback (our favourite) joined by a four-door saloon and a five-door estate.

At first, there was a choice of four engines - a 1.6, 1.8 and 2.0-litre petrol and a 2.0-litre turbodiesel. But 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 face-lifted and prices were lowered. Our favourite blend of price, performance and economy comes from the flexible 1.8 petrol.