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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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41 reader reviews for Toyota Auris Hatchback.
  • 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.

  • 1.8 VVT-i Excel Hybrid 5dr

    Andrew Knowles , RCT . Date: 04/11/2013
    • 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
      55

    My car

    I recently purchased this car (ex demonstrator with 6000 miles) to replace a 2009 Prius. I am familiar with Toyota Hybrids but in the past have run various German diesels (most recently BMW). I have to say I am enjoying the Auris and would recommend it over the Prius unless you need the slightly roomier interior. The Auris has a better more European feel, better rear suspension on the hybrid, slightly improved steering and braking and is similarly economical. I would expect on average a genuine 55 mpg. On top of that both the car (Derby) and engine (Deeside, Flintshire) are manufactured in the UK, so a lower imported content. I do not understand some of the negative reviews the car has received, the engine for example is only noisy under very hard acceleration, and the quality of interior materials and equipment levels are good. In today's World there are more important things than 0-60 mph times, and why would you need a 140 mph top speed for road use?

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