Used buyer's guide: Toyota Avensis

The Avensis scores on value and is easy to own. But are there any pitfalls?

How much?

You can get a petrol Avensis with 150,000 miles from £1,800. Something with less than 100k will cost an extra £300-£400, and £3k is enough for a sub-60k example.

A budget of £5k buys a 2007 1.8 T2, a 2005 2.0 T Spirit, a 2005 2.0 D-4D T2 or a 2.2 D-4D. For £7k you can have a 2009 1.8 T2, a 2008 2.0 T4 or a 2008 2.2 D-4D TR.

These prices are for a hatch; saloons are worth about the same, but expect to pay up to £1,200 more for an equivalent estate. Autos cost up to £200 more than manual cars.

Running costs

ModelInsurance groupFuel economyCO2 emissionsAnnual road tax
1.8 manual1539mpg171g/km£195
2.0 manual17-1934mpg191g/km£250
2.0 auto17-1930mpg221g/km£270
2.4 auto2029mpg227g/km£270
2.0 D-4D17-1848mpg155g/km£170
2.2 D-4D19-2047mpg156g/km£170
2.2 D-4D2446mpg161g/km£170

All Avensis MkIIs need a service every 12 months or 10,000 miles. Toyota dealers offer a fixed-price package, with three levels of maintenance: Intermediate (£159), Full (£229) and Full+ (£349). Low-mileage drivers will generally only need to worry about the first two types, although the occasional Full+ check-up will be required.

As all engines are chain-driven, there are no cambelts to worry about, but every two years the brake fluid needs replacing (at £39) and fresh coolant is needed (at £75) every 10 years or 100,000 miles. For a rundown of what each service entails, visit www.toyota.co.uk/servicing.

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