On a model-for-model basis, the Auris is similarly well equipped next to its rivals. Even entry-level Active trim has climate control, Bluetooth, electric door mirrors and front windows, and audio controls on the steering wheel.
Icon trim, which is the next grade up, offers the best balance of value and equipment. It adds a 7.0in touchscreen system, a rear-view camera, DAB radio, 16in alloy wheels, rear electric windows and a leather steering wheel.
If you do a lot of travelling to places you don’t know or spend a lot of time on the motorway, you might want to consider upgrading to Business Edition trim, which for a sensible additional charge adds sat-nav, cruise control and heated front seats.
Ignore the Design version because this costs the same as the Business Edition but exchanges sat-nav and heated front seats for 17in alloy wheels and privacy glass; in our opinion this isn’t a good trade and won’t help your car’s future resale value.
Although the range-topping Excel model comes with nice features such as LED headlights, part-leather seats, dual-zone climate control, front and rear parking sensors, and automatic lights and wipers, it’s hard to justify the price hike.