Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

The Avensis has a neatly designed if rather sober interior, with the audio and ventilation controls clearly laid out and easy to use. Cars equipped with sat nav have a combination of large buttons either side of the display along with further touch-screen functions, leaving the dashboard uncluttered. Two-tone colours are used with lighter tones on the lower parts of the doors and dashboard, helping lend the interior an upmarket feel.

The driver has a good range of adjustment to achieve the best driving position and high-spec models have electrically adjustable seats and steering column.

The Avensis provides a top quality interior for the money and occupants feel isolated from the outside world. Wind noise and tyre noise are unobtrusive, and both petrol and diesel engines are barely audible. Air conditioning is standard across the range (which you’d expect on this type of car), while all models, with the exception of the entry grade T2, come with cruise control.

The interior is roomy enough for five adults to travel in comfort.