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Toyota Avensis Hatchback review

1997 - 2003 (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 53.0

At a glance

Price new £12,840 - £19,730
Road tax cost £240 - £395
Insurance group 15 - 23
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Fuel economy Not tested to latest standards
Range 409 - 634 miles
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Available fuel types



Pros & cons


Ride comfort, refinement, reliability, equipment.


Styling is uninspiring.

Written by Parkers Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019


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.