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  • Launched in 2015
  • Large family car
  • Petrol, Diesel
  • Launch year
    2015
  • Body type
    Large family car
  • Fuel type
    Petrol, Diesel

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Comfortable and efficient family car

Best bits

  • Efficient BMW-sourced engines deliver excellent economy
  • Superb long-legged ride comfort and refinement
  • Long list of standard equipment

Not so great

  • Drab interior lacks flair and imagination
  • Dull to drive
  • 1.6 and 1.8 engines lack punch

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Overall verdict

"Judged on what Toyota hoped to achieve with the Avensis, this is a car that’s hard to fault. Not only does it offer exceptional value for money, it’s also one of the most comfortable cars in its class. Throw into the mix the cheap running costs and excellent reliability and you’ve got the hallmarks of a great used car."

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The Toyota Avensis is the car you buy when you’ve got little imagination, right? Wrong. It might not be the most dynamic, stylish or glamorous car out there, but as an efficient, reliable and comfortable family car, the Avensis is hard to beat.


Launched in 2015, the latest Avensis is a comprehensive reworking of the earlier car, with Toyota giving it a subtle facelift, an improved cabin, more standard equipment, efficient engines and an impressive suite of safety systems.


There are two versions available: a four-door saloon and a five-door Touring Sports (estate). Of the engines available, the BMW-sourced diesels are the pick of the bunch.


The 1.6 D-4D diesel offers excellent economy and is designed for fleet users who spend most of their time in sixth gear. The 2.0 D-4D offers improved performance with only a small drop in fuel economy, which makes it the best choice for family buyers or those who carry heavy loads.


Regardless of the engine, the Toyota Avensis is a car that prioritises comfort over handling. On motorways, the Avensis delivers the kind of long-legged feel and efficiency that’s demanded by Europe’s company car drivers. The flipside is that the Avensis feels woefully out of its depth when cornering, with a fair amount of body-roll and overly light steering.


You can make up your own mind on the styling, but there’s no doubt that the cabin is a drab affair. The dashboard is a sea of grey, lifted by some welcome silver accents in key places.


Quality is actually very good, with the switches, dials and buttons feeling reassuringly solid. Although standard equipment is generous for a car of this price, we’d avoid the entry-level Avensis. The mid-range model offers the best blend of price and kit.


The list includes the full suite of the Toyota Safety Sense driver assistance systems, an eight-inch touchscreen, 17-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, a reversing camera, driver’s seat lumbar support and a DAB digital radio. It’s the most popular model in the Avensis range, so you shouldn’t have any problems finding the right car for you.


Choosing the Toyota Avensis Tourer version will deliver the best practicality. Although the boot isn’t the largest in its class, there’s ample space for your luggage and for trips to the DIY store. The luggage capacity in the saloon is actually pretty generous, but practicality is hampered by the narrow boot opening.


The cabin offers sufficient room for four adults – five at a push – along with a huge central storage bin and a large glovebox. We doubt you’d require more practicality and comfort from a family car.


We know many people are turning to crossovers and SUVs, but this means that cars like the Toyota Avensis are becoming used car bargains. You could run this car for many years without a problem, enjoying the comfort and efficiency as you go along. Try it. You might like it.


If you're looking for the older version, you need our Toyota Avensis (2009-2015) review.

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  • 2017
  • 28,131 miles
  • Scottish Vauxhall Inverness
  • Invernessshire, IV11LY
Price:£12,995
PCP: £262.99/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £262.99, Customer Deposit: £1,949.00, Total Deposit: £1,949.25, Optional Final Payment: £4,275.00, Total Charge For Credit: £2,433.90, Total Amount Payable: £15,428.90, Representative APR: 10.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 10.39%, Excess Mileage Charge: 9ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Is the Toyota Avensis right for you?

Not everyone is after precision handling, exhilarating performance and head-turning looks from a saloon or estate car. Indeed, most people would be happy with a comfortable ride, zero problems between each scheduled service and running costs that won’t break the bank.


That’s where the Toyota Avensis comes in. It might lack glamour and kerb appeal, but it’s actually one of the most sensible cars you can buy. Europe’s company car drivers can’t be wrong, can they?


This final iteration of the Avensis is the best of the breed, with sharper styling, improved quality and a greater feeling of refinement. Of the two, the Touring Sports is the most practical and arguably the better looking, so it would be our choice.


If your idea of driving pleasure is measured in 0-62mph times and the way a car tackles a corner, the Avensis isn’t for you. On the other hand, if you’re after comfort and dependability, the Avensis is a hugely satisfying car.


What’s the best Toyota Avensis model/engine to choose?

Whether you opt for the saloon or the Touring Sports, one of the BMW-sourced diesel engines makes most sense.


In the saloon, we’d recommend the 1.6 D-4D engine, especially if you spend most of the time covering long distances in glorious isolation. A 0-62mph time of 11.4 seconds tells you that it doesn’t offer the last word in performance, but 112PS is just enough power to avoid it being a frustrating experience. Besides, you’ll appreciate the claimed 68.9mpg.


Buying the Touring Sports suggests that you’ll be carrying people and their gear, so the 143PS 2.0 D-4D makes more sense. The added punch gives the Avensis more urgency, which is handy when you’re carrying a full load. Economy drops to 62.8mpg.


All versions of the Avensis come loaded with the kind of equipment that will keep a company car driver happy, but a mid-range trim makes more sense when you’re buying used.


What other cars are similar to the Toyota Avensis?

The most obvious rivals are the Ford Mondeo and Mazda 6. Both are available as a saloon or estate, although the Ford and Mazda are much nicer to drive than the Toyota Avensis.


Alternatively, you could look at the Volkswagen Passat or Skoda Superb. Again, there are saloon and estate versions available, with the wagons offering greater practicality than the Avensis. In fact, the Skoda Superb estate is one of the best all-rounders you can buy at any price.


If you’re buying used, take a look at the Hyundai i40 for its long warranty and the Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport for its motorway comfort and low prices.


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How much does it cost to run

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Prices, versions and specification

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