From £17,674
Reasonable value, but offers little more than 2.0 D-4D.

Our Verdict

Toyota Avensis
Toyota tries to maintain the substance and turn up the style

The Toyota Avensis is adequate but generally underwhelming family transport

What’s new?Avensis gets punchy Polish-built all-alloy 2.2-litre turbodiesel with 148bhp (34bhp more than the 2.0) and a six-speed manual gearbox.Do the changes work?The 2.2 is expected to be the most popular engine choice for the Avensis, and at £1000 over the 2.0 it’s decent value. But with only 22lb ft more, and few miles on our test car, it felt little punchier. The six-speed manual is not as slick than the five-speeder, either.Should I buy one?With miles we’d expect the engine to feel stronger, and it’s pretty refined (though we hope noise suppression will be better in the Lexus IS). For real pace wait for the 175bhp version in 2006.Alastair Clements

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