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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.
  • 1.6 VVT-i TR 5dr

    stephen hines , notts . Date: 06/08/2007
    • 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

    My car

    I have just replaced my old style Avensis with the Auris, which seems to have more space, a slightly awkward handbrake, and quite firm seats, giving a bit of a bumpy ride. Also, a thick, thick front door pillar gives a bit of a blind spot. But good adjustment of the seat and steering wheel gives a good driving position. There's plenty of room for five adults, with good space in the boot. All in all a good replacement if you want to downsize, but lose no interior space.

  • 1.4 D-4D T3 3dr

    Roberto Uno Date: 23/07/2007
    • 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
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I test-drove an Auris 1.4 D4D MMT here in Italy, as I'm looking for a new car.

    I thought the car was spacious inside and the engine seems good from what I can tell from the 30-minute test drive. The only thing that put me off buying it is that the 1.4 has no diesel particulate filter, and the plastics look pretty cheap and nasty.

    Even a 1500 Euro discount was not enough to convince me. The only other option (with a DPF) is the 2.0-litre, but this does not have an automatic transmission and still looks cheap and nasty inside.

  • 2.0 D-4D TR 5dr

    Adrian Vass , Northumberland . Date: 09/07/2007
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I needed a car that would get me through 75,000 miles over the next three years. Since I have to fund it myself then the decision has got to be right! I wanted a good quality diesel so

    I tested the following cars: Seat Leon 1.9 and 2.0TD - I loved the design but too low for my work The VW Golf V - expensive BMW Series 1 - fabulous chain cam engine, interior too small and expensive

    I wouldn't touch a Peugeot/Citroen HDI family diesel Focus, Mondeo, Mazda 3, Freelander or Xtype Jag as flywheels come adrift. I looked at the Vectra 1.9CDTF, the Suzuki SX4 1.9TD and Saab 9-3 1.9TiD but all of them have got particulate problems with their diesel engines, especially the Saab.

    I kept coming back to the cam-chain diesel-engined 130hp Toyota Auris.

    I initially thought it was dead ugly. The journalists hate this car... but look at Honest John's website and he has indicated this was worth a look, even suggesting it is better than a VW Golf V. It is a car that you buy because your brain tells you to, although your heart rebels because it is very low in bling looks/credibility.

    You do sit up high and even on some 4x4s you can look directly into their cabin, but it corners well and after some long distant drives it really grows on you.

    After some time and use the design (both internal and external) starts to reveal itself to you.

    It's a good car. Try it, but be patient...and don't be put off by those very subjective journalists! After all the car in front is a Toyo

  • 2.2 D-4D T180 5dr

    Timothy Lovatt , Shropshire . Date: 24/06/2007
    • Overall verdict
      5 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 had a T180 for a weeks test drive and found it to be a great car. It strikes a good balance of handling and comfort with the ability to cover long motorway journeys as well as providing some fun down twisty roads. The interior is well build with no rattles or other noises.

    The car is 2' shorter than my current Mondeo estate yet still provides as much cabin space and a large enough boot. Being a lillte taller also makes the car easy to get in and out of.

    Whilst I would like to think I should go for a 'drivers car' having tried some of them I quickly come to the conclusion the the Auris is going to be a much better car to live with long term.

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