The Toyota Auris isn't as popular as its rivals - the Ford Focus or Volkswagen Golf - but it's spacious, keenly priced, and well equipped. It's also a sensible choice for those looking for the best in customer support and build quality. The Toyota Auris comes Active, Icon, Excel and Sport models. All versions feature air-conditioning and lots of safety equipment as standard, although the engine range lets the side down as none are particularly quick or comfortable.
- Top-class reliability
- Decent practicality
- Cheap to run
- Bland styling
- Unexciting interior
- Noisy automatic gearbox
The Toyota Auris is a rival for the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf, and is one of the biggest-selling hatchbacks in the world. However, it's the only car on the market that you can have as either a petrol, diesel or hybrid model. The latest version is more practical, offers more space in the boot and inside, and has wider doors for easy access.
- 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
Rivalling models such as the Ford Focus Estate, Skoda Octavia Estate, Peugeot 308 SW and Honda Civic Tourer, the Toyota Auris estate (which its maker calls the Touring Sports) is a very practical and reliable car that gives you lots of space for carrying big items. The Auris Hybrid is the most efficient version, returning over 70mpg and slotting into the lowest company car tax bracket – making it a great choice for private and business users alike.