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This car has been superseded by a newer model, click here to go to the latest Toyota Avensis Hatchback (03-08) review.

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Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0
Toyota Avensis Hatchback (97-03) - rated 3 out of 5
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PROS

Ride comfort, refinement, reliability, equipment.

CONS

Styling is uninspiring.

PROS

Ride comfort, refinement, reliability, equipment.

CONS

Styling is uninspiring.

Toyota Avensis Hatchback rivals

By the time the Carina E went out of production in 1998, Toyota had picked up a reputation for making cars that were comfortable and reliable, but essentially bland. Avensis was the company's first stab at changing that - it was as comfortable and reliable as ever, but Toyota injected a bit of excitement, with sleeker lines, a more comfortable ride and advertising that included a trendy Iggy Pop soundtrack.

Toyota Avensis Hatchback rivals