Review

Toyota Auris Touring Sports estate

Price  £16,045 - £23,990

Toyota Auris Touring Sports estate

reviewed by Carbuyer

Pros
  • Very efficient Auris Hybrid version
  • Plenty of boot space
  • Comfortable ride
Cons
  • CVT automatic gearbox is noisy
  • Rear seats can be quite cramped
  • Ford Focus Estate is more fun to drive

At a glance

The greenest
Icon 1.8 VVT-i E-CVT 5dr £21,745
The cheapest
Active 1.33 Dual VVT-i 5dr £16,045
The fastest
Excel 1.6 V-Matic 5dr £21,350
Top of the range
Excel 1.8 VVT-i E-CVT 5dr £23,990

“Clever hybrid technology means the Toyota Auris Touring Sports is a really economical and practical estate car.”

The Toyota Auris estate (known as the Toyota Auris Touring Sports) is the Japanese brand's entry into the crowded small family estate class. The opposition includes the VW Group trio of the Volkswagen Golf Estate, Skoda Octavia Estate and SEAT Leon ST, as well as models like the Ford Focus Estate, Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer, Honda Civic Tourer, Hyundai i30 Tourer, Kia Cee’d SW and Peugeot 308 SW.

The Auris Touring Sports is undeniably practical, with a large boot that can swallow lots of luggage, especially if you fold the rear seats down flat. It's not quite as impressive for passenger space, however, especially in the back.

Another major selling point of this car is the availability of the Auris Hybrid version, which pairs a petrol engine with an electric motor for excellent fuel economy and very low running costs. It falls into the lowest company-car tax bracket and qualifies for free road tax, making it a very attractive choice for buyers looking to keep their motoring bills to a minimum.

Spec levels for the Auris estate are Active, Icon, Icon Plus and Excel. There's also a choice of four engines: 1.33 and 1.6-litre petrols, a 1.4-litre diesel and the Hybrid models’ 1.8-litre petrol-electric combination.

We think the 1.8-litre Icon Hybrid version of the Auris estate represents particularly good value for money, as it's cheaper to buy than the least expensive Toyota Prius hybrid, while offering lots of kit, more luggage space and similar running costs.

Whatever engine you choose, however, you should be aware that this Auris doesn’t really live up to the ‘Sports’ part of its name. It's squarely beaten by the Ford Focus Estate when it comes to driving enjoyment, so if you like a car that performs and handles well, it's probably not the best option in this class.

On the outside, the Auris Touring Sports looks neat, if a little bland and anonymous, and it's not quite as plush and classy inside as the VW Golf Estate. But if you’re not worried too much about image, we think it makes for a very comfortable, dependable and cheap-to-run compact estate car.

MPG, running costs & CO2

4 / 5

The Toyota Auris Touring Sports Hybrid and diesel models are particularly cheap to run

Engines, drive & performance

2.7 / 5

No Toyota Auris Touring Sports engine is a strong performer – this car is more about comfort, practicality and low running costs than driving fun

Interior & comfort

3.4 / 5

A comfortable ride is one of the strong points of the Toyota Auris Touring Sports, but it can’t match the interior quality and design flair of rivals

Practicality & boot space

4.2 / 5

Estate body shape is very practical and the boot is huge

Reliability & safety

4.5 / 5

The Toyota Auris Touring Sports upholds its manufacturer’s reputation for excellent reliability and it should be safe, too

What the others say

3.2 / 5
based on 3 reviews
3 / 5
"It falls short of its rivals in the way it looks and the way it drives, but is comfortable and refined. Importantly for an estate car, boot space is impressive."
3.5 / 5
"Behind the wheel the Toyota Auris Touring Sports is a tale of two halves. On one hand it is comfortable, easy to navigate around and spacious. On the other the steering wheel is a little cluttered, the touchscreen is situated too low down thus diverting your gaze from the road and there are a few touches that seem misplaced and dated, like the digital clock."
3 / 5
"The boot is the big news. The floor is 10cm lower than in the Auris hatch, so you don't have to lift heavy items as high to get them into the car. Loading is further eased by the absence of a lip at the entrance to the boot."
What owners say 
3.5
3.5 /5 based on 4 reviews
50%
 of people would recommend this car to a friend
Last updated 
21 Jan 2015
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