Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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42 reader reviews for Toyota Auris Hatchback.
  • 1.8 VVT-i Excel Hybrid 5dr

    Richard Cronshaw , . Date: 30/12/2014
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have had my Auris Hybrid for just over a month now having come from a 1.5Dci Nissan Qashqai (2011).

    It can return excellent fuel economy results but it is all in how you drive it. If you drive smoothly and slowly you can achieve very high mpg. If you are keeping up with stop start traffic you will achieve average mpg. Personally, I don't see this as a bad thing, I have the choice of whether to save money or to get where I am going quickly, others do not.

    The tank is about half the size of the Qashqai, meaning more frequent stopping, after doing the math it does work out at about 30% more efficient than the diesel for my driving style. I would add that the car performs much better than the Qashqai around town especially pulling out at junctions.

    The car is really nippy, no gear changes means it is much faster than most other cars in the real world (your average driver is not as skilled a gear changer as they like to think!)

    Traffic jams are no longer an issue, not having to clutch control is much more relaxing and with the car using EV mode most of the time when you are not accelerating heavily it's a peaceful place to be.

    In the Excel model you get great equipment and I opted for the sat nav and pan roof too, both are excellent. The media system takes a little getting used to but is more than adequate.

    The car is noisy when accelerating but you soon get used to it, use of the cruise control on the motorway makes the journey much quieter and efficient.

  • 1.8 VVT-i Icon Hybrid 5dr

    Richard McKenzie , . Date: 16/03/2014
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      60

    My car

    Spent a considerable amount of time test driving new vehicles in this class (Mazda 3, Seat Leon and Kia C'eed). I was very nervous about the Auris on account of the less than glowing reviews. Whilst I have only had the vehicle for two weeks it has been a revelation! It is an absolute joy to drive (have been mostly around town)and very comfortable for driver and passengers. The fuel economy is already seriously ahead of the Mazda 2 that it replaced and I even had a refund on my insurance (yearly for £225!). Add to this no road tax and already the savings are adding up. The hybrid is not cheap though there are some excellent deals (ironically maybe helped by the average reviews). This also has to be seen in context where the whole sector is pushing toward the late teens for a decent specification.

    I have also been surprised at the looks that I have been getting from other drivers. This is somewhat ironic because looks were fairly low down on my list. Perhaps because I opted for white which, when clean, looks very stylish. In the school car park where I work I have had a great deal of interest from other teachers on account of the looks and the technology. I now find myself a great advocate for hybrid technology.

    To add balance the only 'downside' is the occasional unfamiliar sound which can be disconcerting on first hearing. However, once the realisation dawns that this car operates a different technology then concerns subside and what was once 'unfamiliar' is now 'famil

  • 1.8 VVT-i Excel Hybrid 5dr

    Kevin Hutchinson , West Yorkshire . Date: 19/01/2014
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      56

    My car

    I've had my car 6 months now, it's averaging about 56 MPG of mostly motorway and fast A road driving. It's very easy to drive, the eCVT gearbox is a little strange at first but you soon get used to it. The major downside of this car is the 12 volt battery has gone flat and stranded me twice now, the dealer fitted a new battery the first time and it's back at the dealer again now.

  • 1.8 VVT-i Icon Hybrid 5dr

    Mark La Vardera , . Date: 05/01/2014
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      52

    My car

    After a few more days using this car, my average mpg has risen to 52, probably because the car needed to be 'run in' initially. This is covering around 80% of my journey on motorways and dual carriageways. I've now done 350 miles since purchasing it new. The figure is still rather disappointing as I was expecting a minimum of 55 mpg, but at least it is moving in the right direction. What I have found is that fuel economy depends a great deal on how you drive; if you constantly rev the engine on the motorway to go as fast as possible you will pay for it dearly at the pumps. The best way to drive the car is to give it a lot of power initially and then let it coast for long stretches. Avoid sudden acceleration and deceleration if at all possible. The only annoying thing about driving the car is the noise when accelerating, but as I said before it's not a major issue for most people. I also prefer a higher seating position - in the Auris you sit very low down, which takes some getting used to. Overall it's a very good all round car with plenty of high-tech features that will please the geeks. As well as being zero road tax rated it's also cheap to insure when compared to its diesel rivals in the same class.

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