The driver gets lots of head and leg room in the Avensis, and it’s unlikely you’ll be clashing elbows with your front seat passenger. Rear seat passengers are similarly well catered for and get a central armrest. It’s not as big as a Mondeo or a Superb, but there are good amounts of head and leg room, and the flat floor will also be welcomed by centre-seat passengers.
At the base of the centre console there’s a rubberised pad that proves perfect for a smartphone, holding it securely even when tackling roundabouts briskly. Unfortunately, the nearest USB socket is to be found in the centre armrest meaning you’ll be trailing wires around the gearstick.
The doors have reasonably sized pockets with slots for 500ml bottles of drink. Larger receptacles are unlikely to fit, though. There is at least plenty of room inside the armrest for your phone and a myriad of other odds and ends.
The big boot is very practical, being a good shape, with a low load lip, standard under floor storage and rear seats that fold flat easily. It’ll certainly be a good family estate, with ample room for a bulky buggy and a dog, although Toyota’s claimed 543-1609 litre boot capacity does look a bit pokey next to the Superb’s cavernous 660-1990 litres of space.
It’s pleasing to find a space-saver spare wheel standard across the range, too, instead of a tyre repair kit. Little touches like this can make a car so much easier to live with.