Recently I drove a new Avensis. What a disappointment! I think they are a good looking car, but once behind the wheel, there is nothing but disappointment after that. I drove the 1.8 petrol version. I found it a tad underpowered. The steering was very spongey and non-informing. Turning in to bends, it was hard to know where the car would go to. There is virtually no feedback through the wheel. This makes proactive driving quite difficult. The suspension is comfortable, but stodgy. I found that even going through a roundabout, it heaved from one side to the other, getting around the corner like an overladed wheelbarrow. The brakes then were too weak for such a big car. With a load in the car the brakes fade quickly, and take quite a big push to get them to stop the car quickly. The interior of the car I did like though. There was good space and the boot was quite large. Overall, this car is boring to drive. You could buy one based on initial looks, and interior design, but drive it for a week and you will find that it will just put you to sleep. The combination of stodgy suspension, poor brakes, and numb steering make you wonder who is driving, the car or you? Before you buy a car like this, consider all the other alternatives. Buy a car that you will enjoy driving. Why spend so much money on a car that will bore you?