Used Toyota Avensis Saloon 1997 - 2004 review

Category: Family car

Section: Our recommendations

Toyota Avensis Saloon (97 - 04)
  • Toyota Avensis Saloon (97 - 04)
  • Toyota Avensis Saloon (97 - 04)

Our recommendations

Which used Toyota Avensis saloon should I buy?

The Avensis was launched in the UK in 1997 with three bodystyles and, of them, this four-door saloon is our least favourite after the five-door hatch and estate, because it loses out on practicality.

At first, it had 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 performance and economy comes from the flexible 1.8 petrol.