If you’re looking for the cheapest Avensis Touring Sports to run, the 1.6-litre diesel is the one to go for. This offers the lowest CO2 emissions, best economy and fairly low BIK rates as well. The 2.0-litre diesel isn’t quite as easy on the wallet, and the equivalent 2.0-litre diesel in the Superb or Passat Estates are a few tax bands lower in the company car tax ratings; the former will be substantially cheaper overall as a company car. The Skoda is also substantially cheaper on list price and after discounts, although the Toyota does get more standard equipment. All models get automatic emergency braking, which stops the car for you if it senses an imminent collision at town speeds, and lane assist and traffic sign recognition are included on all but entry-level Active trim.
Those buying on PCP finance will still find the Skoda usefully cheaper, although Toyota does offer competitive deals for those who want to pay monthly.
Toyota may rank highly as a manufacturer for reliability, but the last-generation Avensis was only average as a model. Should things go wrong, you are at least covered by a five-year/100,000-mile warranty that can be extended even further for a competitive price. You can also opt for a service plan for a one-off fee or monthly instalments.
When it comes time to sell your Avensis on, it will have held on to a reasonable amount of its value, albeit not as much as a Passat.
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