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 peter my 3month old Auris hybrid is getting around 60 to 70 miles to gallon and I expect more when it’s done about 20 thousand miles.

  2. Hi
    I have a 2015 hybrid auris touring and the headlights are not the best as many people on here have also told you. Is it safe to put led bulbs in?

    1. Hi Garyn,
      Thanks for your post. We would advise altering the headlights on your 2015 Hybrid Auris should be avoided and that keeping your vehicle to the standard in which it was sold to you would be the best option. However, if you require more information and assistance we would recommend visiting your nearest dealer so they can advise you further. You can find your local dealer here: Hope this helps. Many thanks.

  3. I’d appreciate any comments from guitarists on whether a hard guitar case of about 110 x 48 x 15 cm will fit into the Auris hatchback boot with the rear shelf and seats in place.

  4. I own a Toyota hybrid excel 1.8L. I purchased it June 2016 was doing 50MPG as an average range. after 3 month starting to go down, now maximum 35MPG. I took it to Toyota dealer to check why on high consumption and never done a thing they said it the tyres need more pressure what a joke!!!.
    Still the same, very bad on petrol like driving any 1.8L automatic car. Any comment or advice??

    Many thanks.

  5. Hi, I own a Auris TS Diesel. Does anyone know how to remove or lift the rear seat base to Clean/Fit seat cover etc. I can’t get it to move?

    1. Hi Mike,
      Thanks for getting in touch. The trims and mechanism of the rear bench are not designed to be removed, the seats are on fixed points so wouldn’t be able to be removed. We would not advise attempting to remove them as this can be very unsafe. Many thanks.

  6. my dog loves to go shopping with me but can i shut off the alarm in the Auris when i am in the shop for a little while?

    1. Hi Kathy,
      We have spoken with our technical team and they have advised that you can turn off the interior alarm sensor. You can do this by following the steps listed below:
      1. Head to the overhead console near the rear-view mirror.
      2. There should be a button that if you hold for a few seconds will deactivate the interior movement alarm.
      3. Open the door within 5-10 seconds and then shut.
      4. The interior movement alarm should now be turned off and when locking the car, everything will be activated except the interior alarm.
      We hope this helps!

  7. Hi i have recently purchased a 2015 Auris Excel Hybrid, I am EXTREMELY DISSAPOINTED with the headlights, I Do a lot of driving at nightime, in town and country areas where driving at night on either dipped or main beam is actively dangerous, as the light is dismal, and gives out no decent light at all, in rural areas I am obliged to in some cases (illegally) using the foglights so that I can see the side of the road, and feel more safe whilst driving

    The main issue that happens is that on the left it is very hard to see the lerb, or anything clearly past the kerb, The foglights fill this space, which makes it feel slightly better to drive.

    I have in the past had numerous Toyotas, including Avensis, Carina E, Carina II, Corollas and Yaris in the family, and never experianced lighting as bad as this. Thi is a poor design really suprised aomething has not been done to resolve this situation.

    1. Hi Jandad,

      Thanks for getting in touch and we are sorry to hear that you are experiencing these issues.

      We would advise for you to take the vehicle to your nearest Toyota Centre for inspection and diagnosis should there be a fault with the illumination. However, if you could please provide a reg or VIN number, we may be able to give you some more detailed advice.


      1. Hi there,

        We will be in contact with you today via email regarding these issues. Thank you for your patience.

  8. Hi,
    In the summer i purchased a 2015 Auris from a Toyota dealer registration FM15 RRX and as per the above comments I am EXTREMELY DISSAPOINTED with the headlights now I come to use them at this time of year. I Do a lot of driving at nightime, in the country areas where driving at night on either dipped or main beam is actively dangerous, as the light is dismal, and gives out no decent lateral light, in rural areas I am obliged to in some cases (illegally) using the foglights so that I can see the side of the road, and feel more safe whilst driving. I have also put new bulbs in the headlights with no affect.

    The main issue that happens is that on the left it is very hard to see the kerb, or anything clearly past the kerb, The foglights fill this space, which makes it feel slightly better to drive. If another vehicle comes from the other direction it completely over powers any light pattern I may have.
    I feel that this is a serious safety issue and looking above at the other comments with this issue it would appear it is not a one off.

    I am looking for some sort of resolution before it causes a serious accident!
    Kind regards
    Jo Denton

    1. Hi Jo,

      Thanks for getting in touch, we value all feedback so we will ensure that this is passed on to our product team. In regards to a solution, we would recommend contacting your local Toyota Centre as they will be able to inspect your vehicle and advise accordingly. We are sorry this may not be the answer you would like however by inspecting the vehicle in person this will enable the best diagnosis to take place so you receive accurate advice for your vehicle.


  9. Hi there, bought my auris 1.6 2 weeks ago, problem with headlights, they just not efficient enough, can’t see anything on left side, light pattern is strange as well. Pattern looks like two strongly focused beams in straight line and sides rather weak, car reg is SP63CUV. Any advice? Thanks

      1. Can you help me please? I want to buy auris 2015 and im 1.88 meter tall / 6’2 . Is the steering wheel and drivers space comfortable for me? Thanks.

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