Fairly narrow door openings mean that access for your rear-seat passengers is only average. Every Auris has five doors, though, so at least there’s no need for those in the front to move to let them in or out.
Watch out if you have the optional panoramic glass roof fitted, because it eats into the amount of head room available, especially for anyone sitting in the middle seat. Even without the glass roof, head room is merely average for the class. Leg room is also tight for tall adults, if fine for anyone else.
Although there is seating for three, three adults will feel pretty squeezed for shoulder-room. It’s worth bearing in mind that there are more spacious rivals available if you regularly carry adults in the back, such as the Nissan Pulsar and Skoda Octavia.
The two upper trims, Design and Excel, come with rear privacy glass as standard to reduce glare from bright sunlight.
There’s a decent amount of storage space. The door pockets are small but will hold a 500ml bottle of water, there are two cupholders in the central armrest and a tiny tray in the back of the centre console. Entry-level versions don’t get any seatback pockets, however; you need to go for a mid-spec model to get a pocket on the back of the front passenger seat, or top-spec Excel trim to get them on both seats.