Should I replace my Toyota Avensis with the current model?

My 1999 Toyota Avensis estate (2.0-litre petrol) has, after 170,000 trouble-free miles, expired due to a burst radiator and subsequent cracked cylinder head. I would like to replace it with a similar large estate with a flat load space when the back seats are down. Key requirements are towing a racing dinghy of up to 350kg, as quiet as the Avensis, good fuel economy and the same level of reliability. Because I do 15,000 or more miles in a year a diesel is probably a good choice. My wife likes the current Avensis, I quite like the Mondeo or possibly the Focus, but is there anything else that I should be looking at? I can either buy new or one year old.

Asked on 18 May 2010 by Choirgirl

Answered by Dan Harrison
I think you’ve hit the nail on the head with your choice of the new Avensis. It’s a hugely accomplished car that’s superbly built and incredibly quiet and comfortable. We’re big fans of the Mondeo because it has great all-round abilities, but having had an Avensis previously, I think you’d prefer the newer Avensis. It will suit your needs perfectly and is very reliable, as are all Toyota’s despite the current scare with the braking problem in the US. Both the D4D diesels are excellent too and incredibly refined. The smaller 2.0 D4D with 124bhp has decent power and a claimed economy figure of 54.3mpg. Maybe one other car to consider is the Skoda Superb Estate. It’s similar to the Avensis in that it’s very reliable, comfortable and well built. It’s also great value for money considering the equipment levels offered and comes with the improved 2.0 TDI CR engine, which replaced the rather noisy older 2.0 TDI PD used across the Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda and SEAT ranges.
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