Toyota Auris Touring Sports estate
Price £17,045 - £26,245
- Very efficient Auris Hybrid version
- Plenty of boot space
- Comfortable ride
- CVT automatic gearbox is noisy
- Rear seats can be quite cramped
- Ford Focus Estate is more fun to drive
At a glance
"The Toyota Auris Touring Sports is availabe with advanced hybrid technolgy that makes it as efficient as it is practical."
The Toyota Auris estate is called the Toyota Auris Touring Sports by its maker and is the popular Japanese marque’s offering in the busy compact estate-car class. Key rivals include the Skoda Octavia Estate, SEAT Leon ST, Volkswagen Golf Estate, Ford Focus Estate, Vauxhall Astra Touring Sports, Peugeot 308 SW, Honda Civic Tourer and the Hyundai i30 Tourer and Kia Cee’d SW sister models.
Boot space is a key strength of the Auris, particularly if you drop the rear seats down fully. Passenger space isn’t quite as good as in some of those rivals, however: adults in the back may feel a bit squeezed.
Many buyers will gravitiate towards the Auris Hybrid, which is powered by a combination of electric motor and conventional petrol engine. This results in superb fuel economy and very affordable running costs overall. Private buyers pay no road tax and it’s in a very low company-car tax bracket, too.
There are four Auris estate trim levels: Active, Icon, Icon Plus and Excel. The engine range is also four-strong, with 1.33 and 1.6-litre petrols, plus a 1.4-litre diesel and the Hybird, which pairs a 1.8-litre petrol engine with an electric motor.
Our top recommendation is the 1.8-litre Icon Hybrid. It looks like particularly good value for money when compared to the brand’s dedicated hybrid model, the Toyota Prius, as it includes lots of standard kit and offers more luggage space.
It’s important to remember, however, that despite its name, the Auris Touring Sports isn’t all that sporty. The Ford Focus Estate and even the new Vauxhall Astra Touring Sports will appeal to keen drivers much more.
The Toyota isn’t terribly exciting to look at either, and inside it’s not as classy as the VW Golf Estate. If you’re not bothered by such superficial aspects, though, you’ll find the Auris estate is a cheap-to-run, reliable and relatively spacious family car.
The Toyota Auris Touring Sports Hybrid and diesel models are particularly cheap to run
No Toyota Auris Touring Sports engine is a strong performer – this car is more about comfort, practicality and low running costs than driving fun
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
Estate body shape is very practical and the boot is huge
The Toyota Auris Touring Sports upholds its manufacturer’s reputation for excellent reliability and it should be safe, too