Used Toyota Avensis Saloon 1997 - 2004 review

Category: Family car

Section: Our recommendations

1997 - 2004 review
Toyota Avensis Saloon (97 - 04)
  • Toyota Avensis Saloon (97 - 04)
  • Toyota Avensis Saloon (97 - 04)
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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.

Trim levels start with S, which has electric front windows, remote locking and twin airbags. GS adds a sunroof and air-con, GLS gets a CD player and four electric windows, while CDX has alloy wheels and a leather interior. Most versions have standard sat-nav from 2000 on. SR trim is available on only the 2.0-litre petrol or diesel engines brings alloys, a bodykit and sports interior.