Which used Toyota Avensis saloon should I buy?
The range starts with T2, which gets air con, CD player, electric front windows, driver’s seat height adjustment and seven airbags. But it is rather basic, so we’d suggest you look for a TR model which adds 17in alloy wheels, front fog lights, climate control, Bluetooth, cruise control, electric rear windows, automatic headlights and an electrically adjustable driver’s lumbar support.
T4 spec cars get electrically adjustable leather seats and push-button start. T Spirit Nav adds Bi-xenon headlights and sat nav.
If you need to go petrol, stick with the 1.8-litre rather than the 1.6-litre, because it has the same fuel economy figures with a bit more power to help move the rather sizeable Avensis around.
Of the diesels, go for the 2.0-litre diesel in the post-facelift car, because 60-plus mpg and low road tax is very appealing. If your budget cannot stretch to one, the 2.0-litre diesel in the pre-facelift car is a good compromise of performance and economy.