Which used Toyota Auris hatchback should I buy?
Originally, there was a 96bhp 1.4-litre petrol, but that was replaced with a 99bhp 1.33-litre at the end of 2008. The latter comes with an engine stop-start system to help achieve an average of 48.7mpg. The 122bhp 1.6-litre petrol is noticeably more powerful and more prolific on the used market. Of the diesels, the 151bhp 1.4-litre unit is smooth and efficient, but not so easy to find as the 124bhp 2.0-litre. There's also a 2.2-litre T180 model with 175bhp.
The entry-level T2 model gets air-conditioning, front electric windows, remote locking and a CD player, while the T3 has alloys, climate and cruise controls. TR models add Bluetooth and a CD multichanger, while SR gives the Auris a sporty edge. T-Spirit models add a few extras, but nothing you couldn't do without.
Go for the five-door version rather than the three-door car. They're easier to find, more practical and not much more expensive.
The MultiMode automatic gearbox - available on the 1.6-litre petrol and 1.4-litre diesel - is rare on the used market, and not popular with owners.