Toyota has a fine track record here with the Avensis. Both previous Avensises have been as close to painless as it gets to own.

The new Avensis requires servicing frequently (at 10,000-mile intervals) but as a result its oil doesn’t need to be synthetic, while other consumables have a lengthy life. If Toyota remains true to form, reliability should be good.

Nic Cackett

Nic Cackett

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Both previous models have proven particularly easy to live with

Resale values aren’t too bad and a notch above mainstream rivals – due in no small part to the popularity of the Avensis in the used market. A high-spec diesel auto Avensis will hold its value very well for the class, likewise the estate.

Economy figures are reasonably competitive across the range, although there’s no eco version to rival the likes of the Volkswagen Passat Bluemotion, Ford Mondeo Econetic or Vauxhall Insignia Ecoflex that will tempt fleet buyers. The 2.0-litre diesel, which officially delivers more than 60mpg, will be the port of call for the vast majority of buyers.

Equipment levels, as you’d expect from these fleet-orientated vehicles, are pretty much on a par with rivals, maybe a touch more generous, but not much. Entry-level models have basics including air-conditioning and an auxiliary input socket, but most buyers will upgrade to Business Edition or Business Edition Plus trims. These feature sat-nav, electric rear windows, automatic headlights and windscreen wipers, Bluetooth connection, alloy wheels and dual-zone climate control.

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Prices for these models are, however, getting a little steep by this point.

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