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Toyota Auris Touring Sports review

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Toyota Auris Touring Sports
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24 Apr 2017 12:33 | Last updated: 22 Aug 2018 15:52

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Cost & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

The entry-level Auris Touring Sports model may seem well priced against its rivals but this model is best avoided because of its stingy equipment list and poor engine. For our favoured 1.2-litre engine in Icon trim, the Auris estate is not such good value. A similarly specced Skoda Octavia Estate is bigger, better and cheaper, for example.

As for runnings costs, the Auris does hold its value quite well, and there are plenty of discounts available from brokers. The low CO2 emissions from the hybrid model means that company car tax is cheap but real-world fuel economy is disappointing. The other engines in the line-up offer competitive fuel economy figures and shouldn’t be too expensive to run as a result.

Moving up through the trim grades you’ll find the Auris is as similarly well equipped as its rivals, but we wouldn’t look beyond our favoured Icon trim. That gets you a 7.0in touchscreen system, rear-view camera, DAB radio and 16in alloys. If you cover a lot of miles, it might be worth upping to Business Edition to get sat-nav, cruise control and heated front seats.

Toyota has a very good reliability record, plus it comes with a five-year/100,000-mile warranty, which is only better in the class by the Kia Ceed Sportswagon’s seven-year deal. The Auris hatchback was given the full five-stars in the Euro NCAP safety test in 2013, so the estate will be similarly safe and it also comes with Toyota’s safety pack as standard on all trims apart from Active.

That brings a collision-alert system, automatic emergency braking, a lane departure-warning system and headlights that automatically switch between dipped and full beam as well as road sign assist which displays the current speed limit. All models get seven airbags as standard.

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Verdict

The Toyota Auris Touring Sports is a well-made and practical estate, but it’s uninspiring to drive

  • Five-year warranty
  • Refined 1.2-litre petrol engine
  • Hybrid offers low tax bills
  • Average to drive
  • Diesels aren't refined
  • Not the biggest rear seat or boot space
There are 4 trims available for the Auris estate. Click to see details.See all versions
Icon
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Design
This trim doesn’t make much sense because it costs the same as the Business Edition but swaps sat-nav and heated front seats for larger alloy wheels, an Alcantara upholstery and darkened rear windo...View trim
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Excel
This range-topping version is well equipped, with LED headlights, dual-zone climate control, front and rear parking sensors, part-leather seats, keyless entry and a self-parking system. It’s also f...View trim
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