Used Toyota Avensis Hatchback (2003 - 2008) Review

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 29 Jul 2014
3.5
It's easy to overlook the Avensis - especially given it's anonymous styling. Even a mid-life facelift in 2006 did little to boost it's kerbside appeal, however, look past that and you'll find a well built family car that's one of the safest on the market thanks to nine airbags.

Toyota Avensis Hatchback (03-08)
Incredible reliability, comfortable ride, excellent diesel engines
Anonymous styling, dull to drive

New price range:

£13,865 - £22,985

Used price range:

£399 - £2,802

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

3.5 out of 5

It's easy to overlook the Avensis - especially given it's anonymous styling. Even a mid-life facelift in 2006 did little to boost it's kerbside appeal, however, look past that and you'll find a well built family car that's one of the safest on the market thanks to nine airbags. There's little excitement along the way though and the driving experience reflects the looks - in other words although safe and reassuring there's little to set the pulse racing.

The interior is equally as mundane although on the plus side the layout is clear and the controls simple to get on with. But what the Avensis does boast is a superb record for reliability - add in a dealer network with an outstanding reputation for customer service, some great D-4D diesel engines and the Toyota takes on a whole new appeal.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

3.5 out of 5

Performance

3.5 out of 5

Handling

3.5 out of 5

Comfort

4 out of 5

Practicality

4 out of 5

Behind the wheel

3.5 out of 5

Safety

4.5 out of 5

Reliability

5 out of 5

Running costs

4 out of 5

Green credentials

3.5 out of 5

Buying used

4 out of 5

Selling

4 out of 5

Equipment

4 out of 5

What owners say...

 Boot was nice and big. Plenty of room inside and easy to get comfortable due to the amount of adjustment in the seats.  

2 out of 5

S D ,   29 Jul 2015    ... read more

 Lots of vision when driving. Comfortable driving position. Mahoosive boot!  

4 out of 5

Alistair Renwick ,   09 Jul 2015    ... read more

 There's alot of space inside the cabin and boot. The seats fold down to allow large items to be transported. The interior is well laid out and everything works.  

4 out of 5

Peter Rhind ,   24 Dec 2013    ... read more

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