2015 Toyota Auris review

The new 2015 Toyota Auris is the latest generation of Toyota’s popular family hatchback, launching with a stunning new look, an improved range of engines and even greater levels of safety. That’s in addition to its well-established reputation for reliability, practicality and affordability.

With a practical five-door hatchback body, the 2015 Toyota Auris is available from launch in five well-equipped trim levels – Active, Icon, Business Edition, Design and Excel .

It also comes with a range of five powerplants that includes a brand new 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine, a new 1.6-litre D4-D diesel, a highly-efficient, Euro 6-compliant 1.4-litre D4-D diesel that can return up to 83.1mpg, and Toyota’s world-leading 1.8-litre petrol-electric Hybrid Synergy Drive powertrain.

Toyota’s new Safety Sense package gives the option of adding the very latest in active safety features, such as a lane departure warning system, road sign assist and a pre-collision system to avoid or minimise the severity of an accident.

And as all Toyota Auris models, including the Auris Touring Sports estate version, are built right here in Britain, you can enjoy the ride safe in the knowledge that you’re supporting British manufacturing.


Reflecting the demands of modern drivers, the 2015 Toyota Auris is more economical, kinder to the environment and costs less to run, and yet hasn’t lost any of its character from behind the wheel.

2015 Toyota Auris hatchback driving

The revised engine line-up includes two petrol engines (a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine or 1.33-litre dual VVT-i), two diesel engines (the updated 1.4- or new 1.6-litre D4-D diesel) or the incredibly popular 1.8-litre petrol electric hybrid, so whichever Auris you choose will be an enjoyable car to drive.

Out on the road, improvements to the suspension and steering settings mean that the 2015 Toyota Auris drives brilliantly, with confidence-inspiring feedback for the driver from its dynamic handling.


Any journey in the 2015 Toyota Auris is a real pleasure thanks to its spacious, premium-quality cabin that is modern and well-equipped.

You’ll enjoy the feel of the latest soft-touch materials, the support of Auris’ comfortable seats, and its intuitive onboard entertainment system that includes a 7″ touchscreen (Icon models upwards).

A visually cleaner dashboard design and improved soundproofing make the Auris a calmer and more peaceful place to be too.

2015 Toyota Auris interior


With five doors and a hatchback that gives easy access to the spacious boot, the 2015 Toyota Auris is the ideal family car. Its folding rear seats expand the available bootspace from 435 of litres to 1,199, making the Auris extra-practical for those occasions when you need that bit more space for load-lugging.

Toyota doesn’t penalise hybrid drivers either, ensuring that the hybrid battery is packaged under the rear seats so that the Auris Hybrid has exactly the same amount of legroom and boot space as any of the non-hybrid models.


Toyota is proud that, like many of its models, the Auris has achieved the maximum five-star EuroNCAP safety rating, demonstrating Toyota’s commitment to safety. As well as its strong construction and standard safety measures like multiple airbags and anti-lock braking systems, the 2015 Toyota Auris is also offered with the new optionally-available Safety Sense package.

This suite of active technologies uses a windscreen-mounted laser and camera to warn the driver if the car begins to drift out of its lane, as well as automatically switching the headlights from low- to high-beam, and identifying relevant road signs. Toyota’s Pre-Collision System, also part of the Safety Sense package, constantly monitors the road ahead, alerting the driver and activating braking systems to help prevent accidents.

Running Costs*

The 2015 Toyota Auris is designed to make your money go further – literally. On the official combined test cycle, the petrol-powered Auris achieved up to 61.4mpg (1.2T with Multidrive S CVT transmission), rising to 80.7mpg for a diesel model (1.4 D4-D). Carbon dioxide emissions for the petrol and diesel Auris models are as low as 92g/km meaning that, on some models, you won’t have to pay a penny in road tax.

2015 Toyota Auris Hybrid instrument panel

At 82g/km, the Auris Hybrid similarly qualifies for the zero-band of road tax, and achieves up to 80.7mpg on the combined cycle. An obvious benefit of the Hybrid Synergy Drive system is that can drive in town for up to two miles in electric-only EV mode, using no fuel at all and emitting no harmful exhaust. If you do a lot of short journeys, imagine how much you could save.


The 2015 Toyota Auris is built here in the UK at Toyota’s plant in Burnaston, Derbyshire, and adheres to the same strict quality standards that Toyota demands at its domestic plants.

Like the rest of Toyota’s range, the Auris enjoys a comprehensive warranty for five years or 100,000 miles (whichever you reach first). In addition, there’s a three-year warranty against rust and paint defects, and 12 years’ anti-corrosion cover.

2015 Toyota Auris hatchback profile


The 2015 Toyota Auris starts from £15,645 on the road for the Active model with 1.33 VVT-i petrol engine, although a current promotional offer reduces the price to just £14,495 until the end of March 2016. The new 1.2T VVT-i petrol engine is available in Icon, Business Edition, Design and Excel grades, ranging from £18,695 to £22,085 with the six-speed manual transmission, or an extra £1000 for the automatic transmission.

For diesel options, buyers have the choice of the 1.6-litre D4-D engine, available in all trim levels from Icon upwards, or the 1.4-litre D4-D exclusively offered in the Auris Business Edition. The 1.6 D4-D costs between £19,895 and £23,285 dependent on trim, with the 1.4 D4-D Auris Business Edition priced at £20,295.

The Auris Hybrid is again offered in every trim level, starting at £20,045 for the Active model and rising to £24,395 in the range-topping Excel model.

Optional extras include Toyota Safety Sense (£450, all models except Active), Skyview panoramic roof (£550, Design and Excel), and Toyota Touch 2 with Go (£750, Icon and Design).

For further information on the 2015 Toyota Auris, please visit the designated section of the Toyota website, or leave a comment below and we’ll contact you.

*Prices correct as of 01/03/16


  1. I currently have a 1.6 Auris & was keen to test drive the 1.2 turbo in order to make a comparison between the two. Given the keys & told to be back in 30 minutes or so, nice touch. Result, very favourably impressed, if anything the 1.2T seemed to have more poke & certainly better fuel economy.
    So can you tell me what sort of delivery dates we might be looking at for the Design & Business editions?

    1. Hello Bruce, that’s excellent that you enjoyed your Auris test drive. We’re really happy that you felt the power of our Kaizen (continuous improvement) policy and that the new Auris has exceeded your expectations versus the outgoing model. We have already begun delivering 2015 cars in the UK however for an exact schedule you would need to ask your local dealer for a delivery estimate. Hope this helps!

  2. Hi, I have just ordered the excel, do you know if it comes automatic folding door mirrors? I know they are electrically fold-able but I thought I read they were also automatic ? Anyone know?

  3. Hi there, thanks for your interest in Auris Excel. It does fold electronically at the push of a button inside the car. We hope this helps you, do let us know if we can help any further.

  4. Thank you Simon, I think I may have not stated my query properly. I have ordered the Auris Excel Touring Sport and I have just looked at the spec on the webiste and it does seem to come with ‘Automatically retractable door mirrors’, so from that I take it they automatically fold when the car is locked? Is that right?

  5. Hi, I have the same question as Auris4me, the Excel spec says auto retractable mirrors, do they fold when the car is locked?

    1. That’s right Dave, we’ve been looking up the difference between ‘auto retractable mirrors’ and ‘electrically folding mirrors’. The former is when they fold when you lock the car and the latter is when you adjust them from inside the car. Hope this helps.

  6. That’s ok, no problem. When the brochure states ‘automatically retractable’ then yes, they will fold upon locking the car. Let us know how you find your new car when you get it!

  7. Now that the 2015 Auris has replaced the tyre repair kit with a space saver spare wheel do we still have the useful lower shelf in the boot?

    1. Hi Bruce,
      Thank you for your post. The 2015 Auris no longer has the lower shelf in the boot because the space saver wheel does take up this space. Hope this helps clarify but if you have any other questions please let us know.

  8. I just want to know why the boot lining does not fit the boot as i think it should?(very loose all round)
    Should it not fit perfect?

    1. Hello Mrs Barker,
      Thank you for your post. There are two different sized boot linings for Auris and Auris Hybrid. We would advise visiting your local Toyota dealer who will be able to check this over for you. Hope this helps and if you have any other questions please let us know.

  9. I have a boot lining for the Auris and I don`t think it fits very well,are they meant to be loose all around?

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