A good driving position should start with a comfortable seat, and the Auris has just that. The cushions are firm enough to be supportive, but without feeling too hard.
Seat height adjustment is standard on all versions, but you have to go for Business Edition or range-topping Excel to get adjustable lumbar support; it’s not available on other trim levels. The steering wheel adjusts for rake as well as reach, although it doesn’t have a huge amount of movement in and out, so if you’re tall you may find your arms are at full stretch to reach it.
At least all the pedals are roughly in line with the seat and steering wheel, which means you don’t have to sit at an angle when driving the car.
In general, the switches are within easy reach, and all models get steering wheel-mounted infotainment controls to help maintain your focus on the road ahead. The only oddity is if you have a non-hybrid Auris with heated seats. If you do, the switches for the seats are stuck behind a panel on the centre console, which you need to open every time you want to check or adjust the heat settings. The controls in hybrid models are in roughly the same place, but they’re not covered by a panel, so are easier to access.
Behind the rather long but easy to reach manual gearlever is an adjustable centre armrest to rest your left elbow on.