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.
Paul Udale, July 7th 2013