It drops to 35% of its new value after the traditional fleet replacement benchmark is reached, 14% behind the equivalent BMW 318i, 9% behind the Mercedes C180 and 5% behind the Audi A41.8-litre. But it stands head and shoulders above the Ford Mondeo 1.8 LX and the Vauxhall Vectra 1.8 LS, which are both on 30%. If a fleet were selling a vehicle now, a one-year-old 1998 R 1.8 GS Toyota Avensis Liftback with 30,000 miles on the clock would have retained a trade value of 62% of list price, close to the BMW 318i on 70%. This compares to the Ford Mondeo 1.8 LX at 48% and Vauxhall Vectra at 46%.
David Turner, Japanese Car Section editor of CAP Black Book, said: 'The Avensis is very good news whether you are in the trade or an ordinary motorist. It is not a secret that smaller numbers mean higher values, but Toyota is also doing its best to ensure that used Avensis are staying within the dealer network which helps slow down depreciation.'