For It’s a spacious and practical estate that should be reliable. The hybrid model is a seriously cheap company car, too, thanks to its ultra-low CO2 emissions.
Against The petrol engines have to be worked hard, which highlights the car’s poor refinement. The cabin is dull and full of unappealing plastics.
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The Toyota Auris Touring Sports does what an estate should, by offering a big, flexible boot. It’s neither as refined nor as good to drive as the best rivals, though.
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There are 11 Toyota Auris versions available
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The Auris Touring Sports is a serious estate car. While its wheelbase is unchanged from the Auris hatchback’s, the rear overhang has been extended by 29cm to increase boot capacity to 530 litres with the rear seats up or 1658 litres with them folded flat.
The range includes 1.33 and 1.6-litre petrol engines, plus a 1.4 diesel. There's also a 1.8-litre petrol-electric hybrid with impressive on-paper CO2 and fuel economy figures.
Even entry-level Active cars (available with the 1.33 petrol and 1.4 diesel engines only) get air-con, front electric windows, a USB socket and steering wheel-mounted audio controls. We reckon it’s worth upgrading to Icon, though, which brings a colour touch-screen, alloy wheels, a reversing camera, Bluetooth, a DAB radio, rear electric windows and front foglights.