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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.
  • 2.0 D-4D T Spirit 5dr

    Fredrik Rich , West Yorkshire . Date: 28/02/2007
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Based on the solid reputation of small Toyotas, I decided to take the company's latest offering out for a test drive to see what it was like. First, the seating adjustment is decidely awkward - I found it impossible to get the backrest to an ideal angle for me. The car seems fairly spacious in the front and rear, though the boot could do with being a bit bigger.

    The keyless ignition system on the T-Spirit model works OK, though it's no different from other manufacturers systems. Driving the car is not particularly fun. The steering is dull, and takes a bit of getting used to. The handling is far from good, although it does feel solid and well put together.

    The gearbox seems set too high up for my own personal liking, and the handbrake is a joke - if it isn't broken. The 2.0 D4-D engine is quite noisy, and the gearing is pretty poor, too. The car cannot cope with fourth gear at 30mph - the last car I drove that had this kind of problem only had four gears, and was built back in 1991! The performance is also surprisingly poor considering it has 130bhp.

    Basically, I wouldn't recommend the Auris. Even if all you want is a comfortable, reliable car, there are better, cheaper cars on the market. I was sadly disappointed by just how average this car is in so many key areas.

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