Toyota Avensis (2015-2018) review - Practicality, comfort and boot space
Roomy inside the Avensis scores highly for comfort and space
If the Avensis has been lagging behind the competition in most areas so far, it's with interior comfort and space where it draws abreast and, in some cases, ahead of its rivals.
Up front it's spacious with good visibility out and there's plenty of storage thanks to a large glovebox and a large central console cubby – although the cupholders are noticeably too small to hold most bottles and cups which is a shame.
The boot is large too with a wide opening and there's bags of rear space.
At 4.7 metres the Avensis is smaller than the Ford Mondeo and Vauxhall Insignia, although its curvy shape makes you think it's a large car in its class. Happily visibility out the back is good and parking is made easier thanks to a parking camera on Business Edition and above.
Leg room, head room & passenger space
In the back is where the Avensis makes a strong case for itself compared to it rivals. In the back there is loads of legroom and three passengers can sit in comfort thanks to there being no transmission tunnel – there's a completely flat floor. Due to the rear seats backs being reclined slightly, head room is good too and there's a general feel of spaciousness.
While the Avensis does only come as a saloon (there's no hatchback version like on most rivals), boot space is adequate but not spectacular. The Mondeo and Insignia all have larger opening areas thanks to their hatchback tailgates, and with a boot capacity of 509 litres rising to a 1,320-litre maximum, the Passat saloon beats the Avensis too. There's also quite a large intrusion in the boot due to the wheelarches, but for most the space on offer will be enough. One touch controls in the boot allow the rear seats to fold down which is a handy feature, and is standard equipment.
In this review
- 1Toyota Avensis 2015-2018We're already a couple of facelifts into the Toyota Avensis, and the Ford Mondeo and Mazda 6 rival is showing its age
- 2Engines, performance and driveQuiet, refined and comfortable – that describes the Avensis. It's certainly not a thrilling drive
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsWith fleet buyers in mind, Toyota has made Avensis frugal to run which is a bonus for private buyers
- 4Interior, design and technology2015 facelift improved looks but Avensis still lags behind Skoda Superb, Mazda 6 and Ford Mondeo
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot space - currently readingRoomy inside the Avensis scores highly for comfort and space
- 6Reliability and SafetySafety is strong; good reliability and great warranty sweeten the deal