Toyota Auris Hatchback Review

The Toyota Auris is a stylish five-door hatchback that is ideal for people who want a car known for its quality and reliability, and that is affordable to buy and run.

A practical and spacious five-door hatchbak, the Toyota Auris is available in four well-equipped trim levels and with a variety of diesel, petrol and full hybrid engines. With 16 models to choose from, all built right here in Britain, there should be a new Toyota Auris hatchback to suit. But if you need something with more boot space then look at the estate version, the Toyota Auris Touring Sports.

Auris Hybrid 2014

Four engines are used in the Toyota Auris – one diesel, two petrol, and a best-in-class petrol and electric hybrid utilising Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive technology. All versions are designed to provide good performance and excellent fuel economy, along with reduced emissions. The Toyota Auris hatchback is strong yet light in weight and handles well thanks to a low centre of gravity. Meanwhile, careful tuning of the suspension and steering delivers a more comfortable ride with better control for the driver.

Inside, the Toyota Auris offers a comfortable and spacious environment. The four trim levels – Active, Icon, Icon plus and Excel – are all well-equipped as standard. With the interior focused around the driver, it looks good and as it’s built with high-quality materials, it feels good too.

A full range of seat adjustment creates plenty of space and an ergonomic driving position, with the seat design and wide-opening doors making it more comfortable for passengers in the rear seats. The Toyota Auris delivers a quiet environment due to extensive soundproofing to keep out engine and road noise. On Excel models, an optional panoramic glass roof is available.

Toyota Auris Hybrid Interior

The Toyota Auris is a mid-sized car that is practical for family use thanks to its 360-litre boot space and wide hatchback opening. Extra storage is available under the boot floor, plus there is an option to fold down the 60:40 split rear seats to further increase its practicality. Because the batteries on the Toyota Auris Hybrid version are mounted beneath the rear seats, these models have exactly the same amount of storage as the regular models. Within the passenger compartment are extra storage spaces, cup holders and three 12V sockets to power your gadgets.

Like the Toyota Auris Touring Sports estate, the Toyota Auris hatchback scored the top five-star rating in the 2013 Euro NCAP crash safety tests. Protecting you on the move, standard equipment includes LED daytime running lights to make the Auris more visible, braking assistance to safely bring the car to a stop in the shortest possible distance, and stability and traction control to maintain safety when accelerating and cornering. The Toyota Auris protects driver and passengers with seven airbags and seats that minimise whiplash. It will even keep occupants safe after they leave the car at night by illuminating the pathway with its dipped headlights for 30 seconds.

Running costs for the Toyota Auris are kept low by its sleek, aerodynamic design and efficient engine line-up. The low emissions from Toyota engines mean that road tax rates are between £0 and £145 a year, with the first year being tax-free on all models except 1.6-litre petrol models. The engines have superb fuel economy, ranging from 46.3mpg (1.6 petrol) to 78.5mpg (full hybrid) on a combined cycle. The Toyota Auris has service intervals of 10,000 miles or annually, with the Toyota Auris Hybrid costing less to service than before.

Like the Toyota Auris Touring Sports and Toyota Avensis, the Toyota Auris is built in Britain to the highest standards in Toyota’s state-of-the-art factory at Burnaston, Derbyshire. Toyota’s renowned reliability and quality is backed by a comprehensive five-year/100,000-mile warranty, with the battery pack on the Toyota Auris Hybrid guaranteed against manufacturing defects for eight years/100,000 miles. Three years’ cover against rust and paint defects, and a 12-year corrosion cover period also apply to the Toyota Auris hatchback.

There are 16 variations of the Toyota Auris hatchback, with prices starting from £14,945 on the road (OTR). The entry-level 1.33 Dual VVT-i petrol engine is available in Active (£14,945) and Icon (£17,645) trim levels, while the more powerful 1.6 Valvematic petrol engine comes in Icon, Icon plus and Excel grades, ranging between £17,995 and £20,250 for the manual versions, and an extra £1000 for the optional Multidrive S automatic CVT gearbox. The diesel option, a 1.4 D4-D engine, costs from £16,295 to £21,495 and comes in all four trim grades: Active, Icon, Icon plus and Excel. Lastly, the Toyota Auris Hybrid with its 1.8 VVT-i Hybrid Synergy Drive engine comes in from Icon grade upwards, priced between £20,645 and £22,890 respectively.

Click here for more information on the Auris and Auris Hybrid, or if you’d like to get behind the wheel, leave a comment below and we’ll contact you to arrange a test drive.

*Prices correct as of 13/01/15


  1. Hi, I bought a 2012 Auris (second hand) on New Years Day. It only has 4000 miles on it. But twice in the past 3 weeks I have been in the repair centre with a fault with the tube that enables water to be sprayed on the front screen window. The water pressure is forcing the plastic tubbing to burst and the window washer spry is being realeased over my engine. Is this a common problem?

  2. Hi Michael
    Thanks for your post.
    We did run this past our technical team who are recommending that a Toyota dealer checks this further for you you. To answer your question it is not a known issue and the tech team have suggested that either the jets are blocking due to insufficient washer additive, or the washer jets are faulty. It could also be the pump so because of these variables they recommend the dealer route to ensure a correct diagnosis. Hope this helps clarify.

  3. Hiya please can you confirm that the seatbelt warning beeps can’t be switched off, as my dealer says not, but my friend had his switched off by his main dealer.

    1. Hi Steve
      Thanks for your post.
      Your dealer is correct, we cannot recommend or condone the removal/silencing of seat belt warning sound. We cannot see why the sound should be switched off as it is UK law to wear a seat belt in the car for the driver and all passengers. It is also extremely dangerous to drive, or be a passenger in the front seat of a car equipped with airbags and not be wearing your seatbelt. The airbags are designed to work in conjunction with the seat belt system, not independently. We strongly suggest that you make your friend of the above information for his own safety. If you need any further advice about this subject please let us know.

  4. I have worn seat belts for all my driven years, And dont intend to stop me or my passengers now, but obviously its an option that can be exorcised, which i would love to happen. Can you direct me to some legislation that says i must have it please?

  5. Hi Steve
    Thanks for your reply.
    We do understand your reasons but when we sell a car in this country we have to homologate it so it conforms to UK law, (such as lighting etc). We cannot therefore recommend or advise changing the car outside of this manufacturer specification. We sell all Toyota models with a seat belt warning alarm because of the serious safety implication as mentioned in our last post and this is why all our cars are fitted with this feature. Hope this clarifies a bit more but let us know if otherwise.

  6. Hi David,
    Thanks for your reply but with respect you have not answered the question. So some Dealers can turn the warning bleeps off but you are saying I cannot have mine turned off. You still have not supplied me with the law stating we have to have warning noise. Then why is it an option of some for there to be a facility to turn them off? I have no problem with them being turned off on my two Prius but all of a sudden it is now a problem. If you would like to contact me further you can email me privately and I will supply my phone number.


  7. Hi Steve
    There is no law as such stating that they must be connected, it is case that we cannot recommend or condone this modification to your car and we really cannot diverge from this. If a dealer decides to undertake this modification for you then it is at their own risk. Ultimately they are your cars and you can change them as you see fit, but we need to make you aware that modifying your car outside the vehicle manufacturer specification can have implications on your own car insurance. We do care for your safety though and want to stress again the danger of travelling in a vehicle equipped with airbags and not wearing a seat belt. Hope this helps for now.

  8. HI I have Auris Hybrid 2012, I am having problem with fuel economy as my Auris is only doing around 40 MPG on extra urban and same in urban areas. I have tried every thing to make it better but still can not (slow drive, Legal limit on Motorway, Switch off heater and radio every thing so the battery should only to run the car). Any advice or suggestion please?

    1. Hi Omair
      Thanks for your post.
      Sorry to hear about your fuel consumption and in case you have not see it we did publish a post about obtaining the best economy from your hybrid and more details can be found here.
      Because fuel consumption is influenced by many different facts it is often difficult to explain why only a certain figure can only be achieved. We hope that this post will help explain more but if not then your local dealer will also be able to offer help and advice.
      Let us know if you have any other queries.

      1. Hi David Thanks for the reply and advice. One more Question is
        what is the function of small black push button on passenger side door? as the same button on driver side door locks all the doors.
        My driver side door, this small push lock button locks all the doors with smart function while i have key in my pocket but on passenger side door the same button does not do any thing and i can not unlock the doors with inside door handle sensor on passenger side door. Please advise

  9. Hi Omair.
    Thanks for your question. That button does not have a function on your car. It it would perform as your driver’s side button does in left-hand drive versions of the car.
    We hope that makes sense.
    Thanks, Toyota UK

    1. Hello Will

      Dont know what to say but my request is, when u guys reply to the people please reply with a proper research on questions.
      In regards to my above question and your answer it is vital for me to inform u that my passenger side door is working as my driver side door works in relation to lock with small black push Botton and unlock when pull the handle through sensor. How it is done i don’t know yet but m figuring it out. As soon as I figure it i will share it so the other can have advantage of this function if some one wants to.

  10. I am keen to know when the 1.6 diesel will be released as I want a car with more torque, the yaris 1.3 is slow accelerating and not too much better gaining speed on the motorway without reving heavily. Therefore I was looking at the 1.4 diesel Auris as this would provide more low end torque, but heard that the 1.6 diesel is on it’s way, I would like to know when? Otherwise I may have to go to another brand of vehicle to get the kind of drive I desire, and that would be a shame just because there appears to be a small portfolio of engines available in the Auris.

    Let me know as I am due up for renewal in July 2016 but have a baby on the way so will need a new car sooner than then I feel.

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