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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43 reader reviews for Toyota Auris Hatchback.
  • 1.8 VVT-i Icon Hybrid 5dr

    Alun Davies , Gwynedd . Date: 04/08/2013
    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      60

    My car

    I've now been using this car as a company vehicle for nearly 4 months and have covered nearly 12k miles. It drives smoothly, is economical to say the least and is a great handling car. I look forward to driving it every day and the CVT transmission is a joy to use because you never have to think if you're in the right gear - it just goes. For those that think it's for old people, think again because it can shift if you want it to and has all the gadgets you'll need. Friends think the hybrid no noise thing is brilliant. You just watch their face when you say the engine's on and just drifts away from them with no noise or fuss. I've never had a company car before that I'd like to replace with the same make and model. This is my 10th company car. You'll like trying to get the best mpg figure possible and always laugh when you get around 80mpg on the right road conditions. You'd never guess but I really do like this car and all it's toys and equipment - if you want more toys then get the excel hybrid instead. Don't be put off by the price either because it will pay you back if you cover a reasonable mileage and is exempt from road tax.

  • 1.8 VVT-i Excel Hybrid 5dr

    Hughie Leckie , . Date: 28/07/2013
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      66

    My car

    I bought this 2013 Excel Hybrid version to replace the 2010 T Spirit Hybrid version. The difference between the two is great--the Excel (New Auris) is very much quieter and the body does not grunt and groan when I turn when climbing. I have owned it now for almost 2 months and it is a great pleasure to drive it especially when using the cruise control as it makes for a very smooth run. I opted for Touch & Go as an add-on but this doesn't fulfill my expectations of it. The engine compartment is much larger than the 2010 version and I think that this helps to minimise the engine noise as the engine in the 2010 version was tucked in very close to the back of the front dash. It certainly looks a much less untidy engine compartment which I am sure will be appreciated by the technicians. I am impressed by the mpg--the best so far is 74.4 and this was wholly on country roads. Even when pushing with a fully loaded boot on the motorway it exceeds 60 mpg. I much prefer the look of the 2013 version and the doors when closing sound solid and not cheap and tinny as the previous one did. The DAB Radio is very very good. All in all I am pleased with the purchase.

  • 1.6 V-matic Excel 5dr

    Paul Udale , . Date: 07/07/2013
    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      38

    My car

    Having lived with the car now for 5 months, and covered 3500 miles, I am pleased so far. This is my first Toyota and was attracted to the styling of this car and Toyota's reputation for reliability. It is not the quickest car in the world, but this is not so important to me, it is quick enough for me and cruises comfortably and quietly. Some reviews I have read complain about too much wind noise, but I do not have this problem on my car. It is extremely quiet at all speeds. Fuel economy is OK, not great, but I am averaging 38mpg, with a mix of town and motorway driving. Plus points are the levels of equipment on this Excel model, leather seats (which are seriously comfortable on a long journey), keyless entry, iPod connection, bluetooth and more. An interesting feature of this model is the Park Assist, and although I was not sure to trust it, I gave it a go and was very impressed. I now use it every day, and it manages to get me into the tightest of spaces first time, every time. On the options list, I selected Toyota's full length panoromic roof, again I am very impressed, but I am not sure it is worth the extra money, most of the time I forget to open it. Boot space is reasonable, and comparable to the Focus, Golf, etc, although rear leg room is tight for taller passengers, fine for a couple of kids though. If you want to be different from the Focus/Golf/Astra crowd, then give the Auris a go, you won't be disappointed, but you won't be too excited either.

  • 1.8 VVT-i Icon Hybrid 5dr

    Norman Moor , Norfolk . Date: 24/04/2013
    • 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
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      48

    My car

    I bought this car mainly for the economy factor and although my two previous cars were a BMW 528I and a BMW 520 I am surprised how pleased I am with the Auris Hybrid. A BMW it isn't but a nice car it is. I find it comfortable to drive and the seating seems adequate. The model I bought was the T spirit top of the range, and I added front sensors. I have only two areas in which I think the car fails. Firstly the quality of the plastic trim which marks very easily and as yet I haven't found a suitable product to restore it and Secondly it is impossible to maintain anywhere near the 72mpg they claim. I am averaging between 45 and 50 mpg which includes urban and motorway driving. I find the ride a little hard because of the low profile tyres supplied, having been used to larger normal tyres on the BMW's. All that being said I like the car and all the gizmos that come with it. I still use my portable TomTom rather than the built in Sat Nav because the Tom Tom has more flexibility. I would recommend one to a friend providing he wasn't a boy racer, but I can assure you the power is there when needed foot to the floor gives immediate response. I have done 18000 miles in it and had no problems.Mine was registered in Dec 2011.

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