It's fair to say it is one of the lesser known saloons in the class probably because of its dreary styling inside and out and average driving dynamics for that. However, a facelift in 2015 brought the Avensis in line with the rest of the Toyota range and introduced more daring styling and an upgraded 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.

 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.

Engines, performance and drive
Quiet, refined and comfortable – that describes the Avensis. It's certainly not a thrilling drive
Interior, design and technology
2015 facelift improved looks but Avensis still lags behind.
Practicality, comfort and boot space
Roomy inside the Avensis scores highly for comfort and space.
Reliability and Safety
Safety is strong tempered with good reliability .