11 ways the Toyota Auris makes owners’ lives easier

See also: 

10 reasons to try a Toyota Auris
What are Toyota Auris owners saying about the car?
Toyota Auris review

Complicated multimedia systems and the frustrating idiosyncrasies of too much on-board technology can be irritating in cars, but not in the Toyota Auris. It benefits from a host of useful, easy-to-operate features, designed to make things easier for driver and passengers. We’ve rounded-up 11 of our favourites.

1. The Auris reads text messages out…

Toyota Auris reads text messages out

You talking to me? Receive a text message while you’re driving, and Auris’ Touch 2 multimedia system will read it out to you.

2. …And can send them too!*

Toyota Auris send text through nav

Going to be late to the party? When you’re using navigation, you can send a text to any of your contacts letting them know your ETA using a preset template! How cool is that?

3. The electric windows still work when the engine’s switched-off

Toyota Auris electric windows

Parked-up and the heavens have suddenly opened? When you turn off the engine in an Auris, the electric windows continue to work for 45 seconds if you don’t open the door.

4. The sat nav has Google Street View™

Toyota Google Street view

Want to know what your destination actually looks like? Search for it visually using the Street View app, and then set a route by hitting ‘Go’.

5. Live radio can be rewound!

Toyota Auris DAB radio

Missed a beat? When listening to DAB radio, you can rewind live radio using the Time Shift function!

6. The Auris features ‘Follow-Me-Home’ headlights…

Toyota Auris follow me home headlights

Not been eating enough carrots? Fret not! Auris has ‘Follow-Me-Home’ headlights to help guide you to your front door at night. They are are activated by pulling the stalk towards you when the lights are set to AUTO or O mode.

7. …And you can adjust the length of time that they stay on for!

Toyota Auris rear light

Longer driveway? You can adjust the length of time the ‘Follow Me Home’ headlights remain from the default 30 seconds to 60, 90 or 120.

8. It helps you park

Toyota Auris parking camera

Parking not your forte? When you’re less than 30cm from an obstacle, parking sensors sound continuously.

An Intelligent Park Assist system – fitted as standard to Excel models – makes light work of parallel parking. Activated using a button on the centre console, it uses ultrasonic technology to determine whether a parking space is large enough for the car and then steers the car into the parking space, while the driver controls the accelerator and brake.

9. The window and mirror demisters turn-off automatically

Toyota Auris rain

Seeing clearly now? There’s no need to switch off the rear window or mirror demisters as the car will switch them off automatically dependent on time, temperature and speed.

10. The radio can be turned on without your hands leaving the wheel

Toyota Auris Steering Wheel

On song? Turn on the tunes without your hands leaving the wheel – simply press ‘MODE’ on your steering wheel and sing along to your favourite songs.

11. The indicators can be adjusted to suit your needs

Toyota Auris lane indicators

Changing lanes? Auris features lane-change indicators. Their default setting is three flashes, but they can be increased to five, seven, or turned off completely.

By Eliott Farr

See also: 

10 reasons to try a Toyota Auris
What are Toyota Auris owners saying about the car?
Toyota Auris review

Where next? 

Further information about the Toyota Auris range is available on the designated section of the Toyota UK website. If you would like to take a test drive, leave a comment below, and we’ll be in touch shortly.

*Navigation standard on Icon Plus and Excel grade models, optional on Icon grade, and not available on Active.


    1. Hi Sandra,

      Sorry to hear that.

      If you have an issue with your car, we recommend contacting your nearest Toyota centre.


  1. Hi
    I buy 2017 toyota auris my parking sensor sound is not working but camera works perfectly kindly guide me what should i do? Is there anything in the settings for turn on the volume or is it a fault? Plz guide me

  2. The sat nav and radio in my 2017 low mileage Auris, suddenly stopped working and has to be replaced at a cost of around £900 by my Toyota dealer. It would seem that it is not covered by the warranty.
    Is this the normal life for this system? I have had no other problems with the car since new.

    1. Hi Sue,
      Thanks for your comment, we are sorry to hear about this.
      We would not expect the multimedia system to stop working as you have mentioned.
      Your Toyota Centre would be best placed to diagnose this.
      Please let us know if we can assist you further.

  3. Hello, I’ve notice that my toyota auris(18 plate) has a front camera. Is it something has to be activated to use it as a dash cam? also rear cam?


    1. Hi Girish,
      Thanks for your comment.
      We would recommend taking your vehicle to your nearest Toyota Centre if you believe there is a fault.

  4. Hi
    Please I just bought Toyota auris 2012, which has parking sensor, unfortunately the sound wasn’t loud, while parking my car this morning I hit something and my front wing got damaged😭😭😭

    Please how can I repair!/where can I take it for repair ? Thank you.

  5. Hi
    I have a 2014 auris since 2017 and it hasn’t auto light mode.if I don’t turn the headlights off when car is off , its daylights and dashboard light will remain on for about 10 minutes. I always wanted to know is it ok for engine if I do this ?

    And one more thing, driver side speaker stopped working for no reason! Another speakers are working properly. How can I figure it out its the speaker or a fuse ?

    1. Hi Ario,
      Thanks for your comment.
      We would recommend taking your vehicle to your nearest Toyota Centre to have these points physically inspected.

  6. Hi just bought 2014 model Toyota Auris it’s got the function of you can have key in pocket and the door opens and you can drive car brilliant.. but is there a setting that when you walk away from the car that it locks it self? Do you have to do something before leaving or something with the door handle?

    1. Hi Mohammed, thanks for your question.

      Please provide your Vehicle Registration so that we can look into this for you.


  7. Hi there I did buy Toyota Auris estate 2019 reg but I’m not sure my vehicle have or not parking sensors can you let me know 2019 reg Toyota Auris have any parking sensors
    Thank you

  8. Hi,

    I recently bought a 2016 Toyota Auris, it doesn’t have the “Auto” lights feature. The interior lights and rear/headlamps will stay on after the engine turns off, just now it was on for over an hour, is this normal? Do I have to manually turn the lights on and off every time I enter the vehicle or is this something that needs fixing, or have I got a certain setting turned on by mistake?


    1. Hi Joe, thanks for getting in touch.

      Please provide a vehicle registration so that we can look into this for you.


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