Added 12th April, 2019
By Jonathan Crouch
Toyota spent £26 million, commissioned 368,000 man hours and changed more than 1,000 parts in its efforts to force this post-2015 MK3 Avensis model back into class contention. Could it be more exciting, both to look at and to drive? Well yes of course, but you can see why Toyota weren't keen to go too far and upset the legions of customers attracted by the sensible charms of previous Avensis models. And the brand knew at this updated model's launch that the medium range market is closely fought and highly populated, with buying decisions often coming down to the smallest detail.
This much improved third generation model got more of these kinds of details right - the quality cabin, the extra refinement, the slicker multi-media system. Which makes it a lot harder to ignore when you know that it comes at a price that's going to represent good value on the used market. In short, it may not be the car in this class you might have dreamed about but tick all the boxes and you could well find yourself deciding it to be the one you actually need.