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. I have a Totoya Auris Design model 2018, what type of headlights does it come with? I am travelling to Europe in 2 weeks and wondering whether i would need deflectors on them.

    1. Hi Chris,

      Thanks for getting in touch. It’s great to hear you’re driving an Auris and a European sounds fab this time of year. Auris design grade comes with halogen headlights. Do get back in touch if you have any further questions.


      1. Am i correct in understanding that these headlamps do not require deflectors when driving overseas as they have a flat headlamp pattern? (2018 Auris Sports Tourer Icon Tech Hybrid)

      2. Hi Mark,

        Thanks for getting in touch. You are correct, the 2018 Auris does have a flat headlamp pattern and you won’t need deflectors.


  2. My Auris is a 2009 1.33 Stop / Start. I need to know the procedure to reset the ECU after disconnecting the battery.
    Please Reply.

  3. My wife has a 2016 Auris and I would find it dangerous to drive on country roads because of the very poor headlights. We have raised the issue at last service with local dealership and again had to go back four weeks later as the beam focus is so poor, they made some adjustments but still not great. Is it possible to get full new kit with better reflectors??i am not alone in this. Why has Toyota not addressed the problemIt’s like sting into a black hole at night!!!!

    1. Hi Leo,

      Thanks for getting in touch. We are really sorry to hear about this and would like to look into this further for you. Could you please provide us with your reg?


  4. Hi Steve,

    Thanks for getting in touch. It’s great to hear you’re considering an Auris. This really is a case of personal preference, and there’s no better way of seeing what suits you than trying one out for yourself.

    In line with the government advice issued on 25th May, Toyota new and used car sales facilities in England are preparing to reopen, with social distancing and enhanced hygiene measures in place, from Monday 1st June. Therefore, we would recommend contacting your nearest Toyota centre to make an appointment. You can find your nearest dealer here:


  5. I have a 2012 Auris Hybrid. My boot space is a lot smaller than other similar models due to an additional tray thing in the boot. Is it possible to remove this to increase boot capacity?

    1. Hi Halima,

      According to the owner’s manual for your vehicle, you can remove the deck board by lifting the deck board tab and pulling the deck board towards you.


  6. This is my 4th Toyota. My first was a Corolla, then I had 2 Prius’s, all excellent. Today I’ve just purchased a used Toyota Auris Excel VVT-I CVT (2015 model with 37k miles). It comes with a 1yr warranty, but I’d like to know if I can purchase an additional 2 yrs warranty. What are my options for how and when can I do this? I’m also concerned about the battery and wonder if a battery service should be carried out and how much this would be. Any advice / suggestions would be appreciated.

    1. Hi dp1999,
      Thanks both for getting in touch and for your loyalty over the years. We hope you’re enjoying your new Auris!
      It is possible to purchase Toyota Extended Warranty for your vehicle, and you can read more about it here to see if it will suit your needs:
      Regarding the battery, we would recommend contacting your nearest Toyota centre for an inspection.
      You can find your nearest centre here:

  7. I own a late 2015, 65 registered Auris hybrid car. Just as how many others have commented below, I too am very disappointed with the weak performance of the headlights on my car. I have also been through 2 sets of new HIR2 halogen bulbs during that time (both claiming to offer better light performance than the original headlight bulbs) yet both not much better performance whilst having disappointing short lifespan to them. I too want to know what solution Toyota have to offer for this dangerous problem.

  8. Hi Toyota
    My dad purchased a 2013 Auris Excel (CF13 CCO)that I have recently taken ownership of. I like the car and it’s just glided through an MoT but am finding nighttime driving, especially if wet or in poorly lit areas as being dangerous owing to the poor lateral illumination of the standard headlights. I’ve owned a fair few cars in my time and never had this problem to this extent. I think even my 1982 Cortina had more effective headlights! Anyway it’s now a pressing safety concern as we are approaching winter, and all I can see at local auto places are like-for-like replacement bulbs which I can’t see will address the issue, which seems to be more a design flaw in the headlamp units. Can you advise what my next steps will be into improving the safety of this vehicle? Thanks in advance, David

    1. Hi David,
      Thanks for your comment.
      We would recommend taking your vehicle to your nearest Toyota Centre.
      They will be able to physically inspect your vehicle and provide recommendations.

  9. Hi I have a 2016 Auris 1.2T. Please can you confirm:
    1. Does it have an alarm or just an immobiliser?
    2. Is the above Thatcham approved and which category?
    3. If an Alarm is NOT fitted, this is ridduculus for a modern car when most if not all cars have an alarm. Would Toyota fit an alarm?

  10. My 2014 excel is a joy to drive except at night. The dipped headlamp beam is so poor that in some conditions, in my opinion, puts you and passengers in danger.
    This same complaint has been reported by many owners, with no clear way of improvement other than modifications to fit non standard LED’s or similar. Attempts such as this brings into question legality and insurance cover risks.
    Personally I have become very worried about not seeing clearly at night after on one occasions driving over a projecting kerb. Also roadworks conditions at night can be very difficult to navigate.
    I have spent several hours of research as have others but failed to find a solution. Be warned!

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