Would you choose the 2008 Toyota Avensis, 2007 Volkswagen Golf or 2007 Volkswagen Passat?

I drive about 20,000 miles each year including about three trips to France, during which time I tow a light caravan for no more than three weeks. I look for economical, reliable and comfortable motoring. For the same price, i.e. about £11,000, I can get a 2008 Toyota Avensis Estate D4D T3X, a 2007 Volkswagen Golf 1.9SE TDI Estate, or a 2007 Passat 1.9SE TDI Estate, all with about 30,000 miles. I carry a bike thus the need for an estate. Have you any thoughts as to which will prove the best long-term buy? I tend to keep my cars for up to five years.

Asked on 14 July 2010 by Timbo101

Answered by Honest John
I'd rate the Avensis of all of these on the basis of far fewer problems reported, though they can have a cylinder head problem. See the entries in car by car breakdown on this site.
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