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Toyota Avensis Saloon full 9 point review

  • Performance

    3 out of 5 stars

    Review-OnRoadPetrol power is limited to a single 1.8-litre engine, which is a little short of low-rev shove and needs to be worked hard. The 2.0-litre diesel is faster and more flexible, although the 2.2-litre version isn’t much quicker. There’s another 2.2 diesel that comes with an automatic gearbox as standard, but it can be slow to respond, so unless you need an auto, we’d avoid it.

  • Ride & Handling

    3 out of 5 stars

    Review-OnRoadThe Avensis feels well off the pace compared with rivals such as the Ford Mondeo. It’s at its best when ploughing a straight furrow on the motorway, where the suspension quietly goes about its business. Throw in a few bends, though, and a woeful shortage of steering precision and plenty of body roll quickly curtail any notion of enthusiastic driving.

  • Refinement

    3 out of 5 stars

    Review-OnRoadThe Avensis is reasonably quiet around town, and you can barely hear the engines at idle. Work them hard and they can get a little gruff, but the diesels settle to a subtle background hum on the motorway. There's little else to trouble you at speed, although rough surfaces kick up some road noise. It's a pity that the automatic gearbox (standard on the 2.2-litre D-CAT diesel) isn’t a little smoother, though.