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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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42 reader reviews for Toyota Auris Hatchback.
  • 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.

  • 1.8 VVT-i Excel Hybrid 5dr

    HARRY BARKER , CHESHIRE . Date: 17/04/2013
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I bought a new Auris Hybrid Excel a few weeks ago. I am delighted with the economy and it is easy to achieve well over 60mpg on a typical town to town drive over 10 miles with mixed motoring conditons including faster stretches and town driving. And no road tax and lowish insurance. Excellent mid range torque and power. However it is a bit hard over the bumps due to the larger wheels that come as standard on this model - why do they assume that because you buy a higher spec car you need larger wheels and less comfort? Tight steering is good and I do not recognise the professional criticism of lack of feel and when powered hard the refinement 'falling to bits'. Yes it is noisier, but it is so quiet otherwise that this is easily handled and is not irritating to me, and well worth the economy. Indeed it is so quiet that the powered rumble is probably exaggerated because of this.

    Fitted with all the gooies, I will now not be able to buy another car that does not have a rear view camera, which is essential. I have not tried the park assist yet. I bought this havinbg looked at the Golf, Verso, Focus, Civic and Insight - I think I made the correct decision for my needs which include a number of shorter runs including some longer jaunts. I like the CVT - I did not think I would and I also like the keyless entry system and indeed have not used the key once since I got it.

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