Toyota Avensis (2015 – 2019) Review

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Toyota Avensis (2015 – 2019) At A Glance

3/5

+Well-equipped and easy to drive. Comfortable long distance cruiser. Lots of interior space.

-Bland styling inside and out. Not particularly fun to drive. Apart from 2.0-litre diesel the engines need to be worked hard to gain meaningful performance.

Insurance Groups are between 13–22
On average it achieves 75% of the official MPG figure

The Toyota Avensis is the typical sensible saloon. It prioritises value and practicality over style and driving excitement. As a result the Avensis is spacious, well-equipped and boasts high levels of comfort and refinement. However, it does show its age, with bland interior styling and an uninspiring drive.

The third-generation Avensis was launched in 2009 and received a major update in 2015 to bring it into line with the competition - namely the Ford Mondeo, Skoda Octavia and Mazda 6. These upgrades include more efficient engines and more safety kit as standard.

Despite the raft of impressive updates, the interior retains dull and forgettable, with lots of dark plastics that look like they've been lifted from a 1980s' TV set. That said, the cabin is one of the largest in its class, with plenty of head and leg room in the front and back. The seats are also larger, more supportive and include technology to reduce whiplash injuries in the event of an accident. 

Cabin storage is good with a large front console box - doubling up as a front armrest - and a cavernous glovebox that will easily hold a large water bottle. Admittedly, the 509-litre boot is not as big as the Mondeo or Octavia, but it can still hold a pair of large suitcases or a set of golf clubs. The rear seats can also be folded to offer more space. 

The engine line-up consists of three options - one petrol and two diesels - with the former being a 1.8-litre four-cylinder with 147PS. Fuel economy for the petrol is not as impressive as other family saloons, with the Toyota returning 139g/km and up to 47.9mpg. 

Those covering high mileages will be better off with one of the diesels, with the 1.6 and 2.0 powertrains returning a respective claimed figures of 67.3mpg and 62.8mpg. The 1.6 diesel is the most economical powertrain in the range, but again lags behind the competition on emissions and doesn't dip below the all-important 100g/km for CO2.

While the Avensis isn't anywhere near as much fun to drive as its rivals, it redeems itself on the motorway with low noise levels and impressive long distance comfort. What's more, being a Toyota, it feels relatively well-built and is backed by a comprehensive five-year warranty.

Long Term Test Toyota Avensis Touring Sports 2.0 D-4D

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Real MPG average for a Toyota Avensis (2015 – 2019)

RealMPG

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance

75%

Real MPG

36–57 mpg

MPGs submitted

49

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What used diesel model should I buy for a 100-mile commute?
"I am moving to a new location, which means my commute will now be 50 miles each way, so I'm looking for a used car to cover this high mileage (mostly motorway). Although they are out of favour now, diesel still makes the most sense to me. What economical and, more importantly, reliable car would you recommend for this? I was hoping to spend no more than £10,000."
We'd agree that a diesel still makes sense for your mileage. A Skoda Octavia or the bigger Superb should be a dependable choice – they'll be very comfortable and cheap to run, too. Also look at the Toyota Avensis (a very dull car but one that'll last forever) or a Honda Civic. You could also look at SUVs like the Honda CR-V if you want a bit more comfort, although they'll have slightly higher running costs.
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Best estate car for a taxi business?
"I am considering buying a three or four-year-old Ford Mondeo or Skoda Superb estate for my taxi business. Are there any issues with the auto gearboxes, on either of these cars?"
Yes - the Powershift automatic gearbox used in the Mondeo can be troublesome. DSG gearboxes uses in Skodas can be problematic, but we've not had many issues reported with diesel Superbs. If you want the ultimate in reliability, I'd look for a Toyota Avensis.
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What's the best family estate or SUV for £7000?
"Can you help with advice on a family car - preferably an estate or SUV for around £7k? Safety and reliability are more important than gadgets."
A Skoda Octavia estate would be a sensible choice. Go for the 1.4 TSI petrol engine rather than a diesel, unless you cover lots of miles. Also consider a Toyota Avensis (which ought to be very reliable) or, if you'd prefer an SUV, a Honda CR-V.
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What is the best reliable petrol family car for £15,000?
"What is the best saloon or estate car for under £15k? I am looking for a reliable, comfortable and family car. Ideally, I want a 2.0-litre petrol automatic car?"
A Toyota Avensis isn't the most exciting choice but should be very reliable - it's got a chain-driven engine and Toyota performs well in our Satisfaction Index. There are more diesels than petrols about but it's available as a saloon or estate. Also consider a Mercedes-Benz C-Class if you'd prefer something more premium.
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