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My dad is a taxi driver, and decided to buy one of these as his new work car. He bought a 53 plate about 2 and a half years ago (roughly when the 06 cars were out), so it was about 2 and a half years old at the time. I think I'm in a good position to review this car as I know first hand how reliable it is in terms of the huge amount of mileage a taxi driver can clock up. Overall, my father and I have been extremely happy with the reliability and comfot of the car. It is absolutely huge and very comfortable inside, and has a real quality finish to it. In terms of the drive its very smooth and has a decent accelleration to it. It also has a built in Sat Nav, but in my opinion it is a bit too fiddly, dated, and could not compare with one of the TomTom models. The CD player works very well, and doesnt jump like some other cars I've been in. In the time my father has been using it, there has been no work required to be carried out on the car other than its servicing every once in a while. I would recommend this car for many applications; Taxi drivers, families, business workers etc. It certainly wont dissapoint.
I had the "basic" version of these... so, nothing special right? Wrong! This car's interrior is great! The seats very comfortable for long journeys (I drove to Paris and Cologne with this car)and the overall ride comfort is amazing for it's price! The road noise is almost unnoticable and so is the wind noise. The handling is good. There are little compartments everywhere! Cup holders, sun glasses holders! It is very well thought of, there is enough space to fit 5 adults comfortably and there are also head rests for the rear seats. Dual airbags, ABS also give good safety. There is plenty of space in the boot for shopping and also carrying luggage. It is more comfortable than an Astra and the build quaility is much better than a Mondeo. So, what's the bad point? The engine is not that lively. Once it gets there, it stays there, but don't expect to take off as fast as a Vectra or a Mondeo. Still, I prefer the Avensis over many other cars. If you do a lot of driving - or even if you don't but like your comfort, this is the car for you!
Toyota are known for their exceptional build quality and design. The Toyota Avensis is no exception. I currently own a '99 (T reg) Toyota Avensis GS 1.8-litre Saloon. The car never lets me down. It cost me nearly £18,000 to buy it and I've never been happier with this car. The 1.8-litre is not fantastic but it is more than powerful for town driving (which is what I do most). Rear head rests, very large boot capacity, electronic sunroof with slide and tilt option, air conditioning, optional leather interior, large interior space (lots of compartments to put things in e.g. CD's), comfortable seats and leg room, this car has it all. There is a new Toyota Avensis out and you get new features not in the older Avensis. The new one even has satellite navigation, alloy wheels, climate control, 4 air-bags, CD-player and much much more! So, if you're looking to purchase a good quality middle/upper class car, look no further than the Toyota Avensis.
I've had my Avensis 1.8GS saloon for nearly 6 months now. I bought this car having moved to London and discovering any disposable income that I earned was rapidly swallowed up in ...well..just living. My car before this was a BMW 318is which I could never get out of 2nd gear in glorious London traffic and judging from what I had seen of other lets say upmarket cars, was always in danger of being stolen or keyed. I therefore looked for a car that was anonymous, cheap to run, had a high level of creature comforts, but was a little different to the Mondeos /Vectras of this world. Oh yes it had to be cheap to buy too.My shortlist was the Vectra, the Mondeo, the Avensis, The Honda Accord and the Astra. The main competition was between the Mondeo and the Avensis. I eliminated the others because of various reasons: the Vauxhalls because of their depreciation and resaleability and the Honda because of its price and economy and servicing costs. The Avensis won over the Mondeo because depreciation was much lower, economy was better, a three year standard warranty and it did look that little bit different - but I must say it was a close call especially as a one year old Mondeo with around 20k on the clock was only around £8500 from reputable dealers. I bought a one year (R-reg) Avensis for £9500 (list price new was £14500 for GS spec)with 16.5ks on the clock. The car itself has been very good with phenomenal economy (40mpg urban motoring)and much better handling than the old Carina which it replaced. The equipment is superb with aircon and electric everything. The ride is very smooth and quiet even at high speed and it is a very relaxing drive. Reliability has been superb too with the only problem I have had being the remote central locking failing. This was put right under warranty by the local Toyota dealer. Servicing costs look reasonable too with my expected major service to be about £150.Insurance is reasonable too (450 GBP in central London- I have 5 yeas ncb and am 32).Other reasons why I bought it were the safety features (4 airbags/ abs) and the huge boot. The disadvantages. The car is large and you feel somewhat detached from it which means parking is difficult as is nipping in and out of London traffic. The drive though silky smooth is not a 'drivers' drive- it is not involved enough. The interior is lifted straight out of the Carina and feels a little plasticky, though everything is secure and good quality. The worst part about moving from a car like the BMW to this is however is performance. The car is sluggish at accelerating and seems to take ages to reach reasonable sppeds. This is coupled with a flat spot at 2000-2500rpm makes motoring sedate most of the time. However I did not buy this car as a performance car so I shouldnt really complain. It does the job it is designed to do very well. Having said that, in about a year when my job moves me out of London, and I can afford to live again- I cant see the Avensis spending a prolonged time on my driveway.