Toyota Avensis Reviews from Australia and New Zealand

2005 Toyota Avensis Touring wagon 2.0 petrol

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol Automatic
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.6 / 10
Distance when acquired1000 kilometres
Most recent distance100000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Camry


It's like a cheap, nasty toy...


Some plastic part under the bumper kept falling off and scraped along the ground quite often, which was very annoying, as you have to get out of the car and try to put it back on. I took the vehicle back to Toyota; they replaced this $2,000(!) piece of plastic.

BUT AGAIN! This issue continued to happen, so I took it back to Toyota, and this time they said no, they were not going to replace it; simply terrible service!

So I put tape on this piece of plastic. It still fell off every now and again; very irritating.

Also, the bumper had a habit of popping out at the corners every now and again.

General Comments:

Plastic is not fantastic.

This car had a very poor quality feel about it, like nothing had really been put together properly. Parts fell off, and Toyota provided terrible service.

The car was very underpowered, and the transmission did not shift smoothly. The car was very low to the ground, and always hit driveways.

Terrible quality, especially for a modern car. After five years of having the vehicle, many pieces of plastic had fallen off, and the car had worn terribly.

I do not want another Toyota.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 24th June, 2012

25th Feb 2013, 14:33

I wish to share my remedies for the listed faults. The add on spoiler on the front bumper is indeed literally a spoiler. Fortunately it can simply be detached and thereby solving the clearance and bumper popping out at the corners.

Initially I too was not amused by the apparent under power soon after acquisition of my Avensis Wagon from a previous owner. I took closer interest and replaced the air cleaner and fitted a new set of iridium plugs. In addition, I attended to the rear diff that had been neglected for want of lubrication.

The remedy above was all that was required to unleash the remarkable performance that a 2 litre VVTI engine is capable of, to the extent that the car is so fast you would not imagine that it is a 4WD!

George Ochodo.

2004 Toyota Avensis 2.0 litre

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 2.0 litre Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired140000 kilometres
Most recent distance141000 kilometres
Previous carNissan Terrano II




Nothing yet, I'm sure there will be nothing as long as I look after it.

General Comments:

I have always wanted to own a Toyota. It took me a while to choose this one; I'm pleased with my choice.

There is, in all aspects a very good feeling in this car when I drive it, the fuel consumption and the safety rating, as well as the stability control feature.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th June, 2010

12th Jan 2013, 01:20

Reliable, and it's comfortable to drive the D4D. I got the estate version with fully loaded extras. Absolutely a nice car!

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 2 reviews