New Toyota Auris: your questions answered

The all-new Toyota Auris is set to be revealed at the Paris Motor Show later this week, and we’ll be ready and waiting to bring you all the news on Toyota’s latest family car – direct from the motor show floor.

See also:
New grade and new options for 2014 Auris range
Toyota Auris: The Great British hybrid [Infographic]
London’s top film locations: Auris at the Movies

If you have anything you’d like to know about the newcomer, just ask us a question and we’ll get an answer for you. Take a look at our first images and video of the car here for inspiration.

We’ll start answering questions after the wraps come off the car on Thursday morning.

So don’t be shy, get in contact and give us your questions! Just type them in in the comments box below.


By Will McManus


  1. The good news – there is a Comfort Pack for the new Auris, that includes such things as power folding mirrors, and one-touch windows. Very good, I thought. The bad news – it is only available on the Sport grade. WHY???
    Why not on the Icon? How can Toyota claim to give customers a wide choice? It is not the only aspect of equipment levels on the new car that is disappointing, and is likely to send potential customers to other makes – me, for one.

  2. I have been a Toyota owner since 1997 but Toyota have priced me out of their market. I ordered the old Auris Colour Collection M/M Automatic for £15245 but 3 days later the factory cancelled my order. The new Auris costs Automatic costs £18,495, but has a much lower specification. Why should I pay £3,000 more for a car with a lower spec. I’m off to find a more reasonable car !!!

    1. Hi Marcus,
      The new Auris has a new headlamp design with integrated LED and so xenon lights will not be an option.
      Many thanks for getting in touch.

      1. So why are they an option in Europe? (to quote Toyota Europe Media site)

        “A comprehensive list of advanced, comfort and convenience-enhancing options will include Bi-HID headlamps, an Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFS), Automatic High Beam (AHB), automatic climate control, Smart Entry and Push Start, a Skyview panoramic sunroof”

        I don’t understand Toyota’s reluctance to offer HID headlamps (as a chargeable extra) on cars in this country. The Auris and Verso are available with the option of HID headlamps and the Prius + is available with the option of LED headlamps in Europe but not in this country, why?

      2. Hi Bryan,
        You’re quite right, we do offer different options in Europe, and indeed the rest of the World, than in the UK. This is a marketing decision and is often affected by demand for these extras. Currently there isn’t a strong appetite for HID headlights on this model in the UK however, as you’ve pointed out, there are several other options available, such as the Smart Entry system and the panoramic sunroof.
        This isn’t to say that over time this won’t change and it’s by receiving such feedback that we can change things. I’ve spoken with our Marketing Department to feed this back and would like to thank you for taking the time to comment on the blog and apologies for my delayed response.
        Many thanks and kind regards.

      3. I concur that HID headlights would be a welcome addition to the options list. Having them on my current Avensis T Spirit they offer much better visibility.I am very interesred in purchasing the New Auris Hybrid as it appears to tick my boxes in terms of quality and efficiency.Whilst on the subject of options I would also like to see the JBL speaker system being made available ?
        Kind Regards

      4. Hi Edwin,
        We can’t confirm the speaker options on the New Auris Hybrid. We will, however, keep you up to date with the very latest news here, on the Toyota blog. The New Auris Hybrid will have the very latest technology on board and is a fine choice!
        Keep checking back here otherwise you can always refer to the Toyota website which will also be updated once we’ve got the specs through, at
        We hope this helps, many thanks.

  3. Hi Ken,
    This optional pack was specifically chosen for the new Auris Sport to differentiate this grade.
    We’re sorry to hear of your disappointment and have passed on your feedback to the relevant department.
    Many thanks and kind regards.

    1. What does ‘differentiate this grade’ actually mean. It is already differentiated by being called Sport, and not Active, Icon or Excel. And why can’t I have the 1.6 petrol engine on the Active grade? And why does the current TR have cruise control and power mirrors, but not the new Icon? I could go on all day, the fact is that the new car is overpriced and under-equipped. I say that as a Toyota owner for the past 25 years.

      1. Thanks for getting back to us.
        As we mentioned, comments such as yours, don’t simply go unnoticed. Our Product Development team take such comments seriously and to a great extent rely on them.
        At this time and so close to launch, we don’t anticipate changes to the proposed line up of the new Auris, however we are constantly reviewing all aspects of our cars in line with customer feedback.
        With this in mind, we do hope you will take a look at the new Auris for yourself and take it for a spin; we’d love to know your thoughts after a test drive. In the meantime, and as promised your further feedback has been sent to our product development team.
        Thanks very much for your comment.

      2. Well Amy, since your last reply I have had a good look at the new Auris, and I’m sorry to say I won’t be buying one. My reasons – 1, I can’t get cruise control or power mirrors on anything but the Excel, 2, The seating position is far too low, even with the seats at their full height, and 3, The interior feels, now how can I say this, a bit cheap. The near-vertical dashboard, which reminds me of an old Vauxhall, looks naff, and there is too much black. Sorry

  4. Hi Neil,
    The Auris 1.6 Multimode Colour Collection was a special edition model, introduced toward the end of the life of the previous-generation Auris. That’s why it was priced aggressively and with high specification. The new Auris Icon grade with Multidrive S transmission gains DAB among other features, as well as the latest styling and design.
    For your information, we will be announcing Toyota Financial Services packages closer to launch.
    Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback and we will pass this onto the relevant department.
    Kind regards.

  5. I am disappointed with your reply!!The TR I have has these
    facilities why the ICON has not I can’t understand Why
    do I have to go to Excel grade?? I think Toyota need to
    think hard and fast about UK spec.I am now considering
    makes.I have been a Toyota owner for over ten years and
    my wife has a Yaris T Sprint…Come on Toyota have a
    really good rethink on UK spec otherwise many owners
    will change

    1. Hi Arthur,
      We are sorry you were disappointed with our last response regarding the specification of the new Toyota Auris. Feedback from customers and prospects alike is valuable to us, and we have passed on your comments to our Product team for review.
      While we are not in a position to confirm any immediate changes to specification, we are constantly reviewing all aspects of our cars in line with customer feedback. We are sorry we’re not able to provide you with more information at this stage but as always, we appreciate the time you’ve taken to share your thoughts.
      Many thanks and kind regards.

  6. Hi,

    These a lot of talk on equipment levels being cut back on the new Auris model, if I compare the outgoing Hybrid with the new incoming model, I see perhaps more kit on the Excel than the T-Spirit for a less OTR price, am I correct? This seems odd as the Prius has now been priced out of my range with a further hike in OTR price.

    1. Hi MW,
      Thanks for your post. Yes you are correct, the new Auris Hybrid Excel is from £21,475 and the current Auris Hybrid T Spirit is from £22,360. Additional features such as Park Assist come as standard on the Excel grade. We believe the new pricing and grade structures are more accessible and will appeal to more people wanting a Hybrid car. The new Prius launched earlier this year tends to compete with different, slightly bigger cars to the Auris. Prius pricing is also based on overall specification, particularly the cutting edge Hybrid technology driving both models.
      Many thanks.

  7. Leaving aside the specification details, the new Auris still costs £3.000 more than the old one. That is aside from not having a spare wheel in addition to the other lower spec.

  8. Hi, after talking to my local dealer re the Excel Hybrid, he tells me that it is based on the Lexus CTH range, however has more kit and is more affordable, is this the case or is this just sales patter?

  9. Hi MW,
    The Hybrid powertrain is similar in the New Auris Hybrid and Lexus CT models. There may be some similarities within the specification and sizing of the vehicles however they are designed on an individual basis.
    Many thanks.

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