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Toyota Avensis Tourer (09-15) - rated 4 out of 5

At a glance

Read the latest Toyota Avensis review
Used price £490 - £18,422
Fuel economy 29 - 67 mpg
Road tax cost £20 - £325
Insurance group 8 - 28

When it comes to battling it out in the large family car segment, first and foremost you need to stand out against the talented Ford Mondeo, Vauxhall Insignia and VW Passat.

Back when the Toyota Avensis was first launched in 1997, it may not have stood out for style or handling but it proved reliable and robust instead - a car to buy with your head, if not your heart.

That first generation was available as five-door hatchback, four-door saloon and estate models, with a mixture of petrol and diesel engines, plus automatic and manual gearboxes.

Replaced in 2003, the hatchback, saloon and Tourer line up continued while the engines were comprehensively upgraded throughout its life – including the addition of a 175bhp version of the 2.2-litre diesel.