Toyota Avensis review
- Spacious cabin, good value, refined motorway cruising
- Dull drive, forgettable styling, dreary interior
It’s certainly an accomplished machine, but it’s one you buy with your head rather than your heart.
A new Toyota Avensis has a reasonable amount going for it. The Avensis is roomy, relatively economical and clean.
Toyota revised the Avensis with facelifts in 2011 and 2015, which have made the car a little more interesting visually, but there’s no denying rivals make a more impactful style statement. The same story is repeated inside, as the Toyota has a simplistic and functional interior but doesn't offer much in the way of wow factor.
Driving the Avensis won’t put a smile on your face either, although it's a comfortable and refined cruiser. It’s not an engaging drive though, as the steering feels inert and over-soft suspension means there’s lots of pitch and roll in corners.
All cars get air-con, Bluetooth, cruise control and LED daytime running lights. The Business Edition adds an eight-inch touchscreen, reversing camera, auto lights and wipers and 17-inch alloys, while Plus gets part-leather seats, LED headlamps, rear privacy glass and unique alloys. The range-topping Excel adds leather, a panoramic roof and advanced connectivity options.