Toyota Auris Touring Sports review

The Toyota Auris Touring Sports is an estate car with a spacious cabin and large luggage area, which means it has the capacity to handle the needs of growing families and business users alike.

The varied range comprises four trim levels and is offered with an unrivaled range of petrol, diesel or full hybrid engine options. Designed to offer fantastic practicality, the Auris Touring Sports is built exclusively in Britain at our Burnaston plant in Derbyshire.

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DRIVING
Four engine options are available in the Toyota Auris Touring Sports – two petrol, one diesel and a full hybrid – all of which are designed to balance performance with fuel economy.

As it is longer and has a wider-opening tailgate than the equivalent Auris hatchback, the estate body is reinforced to match the strength of the hatchback model. The car has also been engineered with a low centre of gravity to improve handling and high-speed stability, while specially tuned suspension is used to deliver a comfortable ride. Steering feel is increased with new gear ratios and improved responsiveness.

COMFORT
Passenger space and comfort were priorities in the design of the Toyota Auris Touring Sport’s interior. Trim grades comprise Active, Icon, Icon plus and Excel, and equipment levels are generous irrespective of grade. There is a wide range of adjustment available in the front seats, plus the seat back design offers rear seat passengers extra knee room. Soft-touch and textured materials are used at every point where the human body makes contact with the car, as well as in highly visible areas such as the front pillars. Increased use of soundproofing material isolates engine and road noise for a remarkably quiet cabin.

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PRACTICALITY
The passenger area of the Toyota Auris Touring Sports is identical to that of the hatchback version, so the extra 285mm length is dedicated to the extended load space. With the rear seats in place the luggage capacity is 530 litres, accessed through an aperture that is 100mm lower than that of the hatchback. However, by folding down the Easy-Flat one-touch seat backs the capacity increases to a class-leading 1,658 litres with a load space length of 2,047mm. Additional storage compartments are built into either side of the boot area and beneath the boot floor, and because the hybrid battery hides beneath the rear seats there is no difference in luggage capacity between hybrid- and conventionally-powered models.

SAFETY
Both the Toyota Auris and Auris Touring Sports models have achieved the highest five-star ratings in the 2013 Euro NCAP independent safety test programme. All models are fitted with a host of safety features, including those that pulse brake application, increase brake pressure in an emergency, optimise brake force across all four wheels, and improve the car’s overall stability. Inside the cockpit is a full complement of airbags, while the sleek exterior design incorporates energy-absorbing components and is shaped to improve pedestrian impact performance.

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RUNNING COSTS*
With aerodynamic bodywork allied to efficient engines, all Toyota Auris Touring Sports models are designed to minimise running costs. Combined cycle efficiency values range from 45.6mpg to 76.4mpg, and Toyota’s ongoing drive to reduce harmful emissions means that road tax rates range from an affordable £145 each year to completely free. Service intervals stand at 10,000 miles or annually, while the hybrid drivetrain is specifically designed to reduce service, maintenance and repair costs, which can be more than 50% lower than diesel competitors.

QUALITY
The Toyota Auris Touring Sports is built to the highest possible standards at Toyota’s Burnaston plant, alongside the Auris hatchback and Avensis models. So sure is Toyota of the quality and reliability of its vehicles that they all come with a five-year/100,000-mile warranty, while the hybrid components are covered by an eight-year/100,000-mile warranty.

PRICES*
There are 16 different versions within the Toyota Auris Touring Sports range, ranging in price from a promotional £16,045 to £23,990. The entry level 1.33 Dual VVT-i petrol engine is available in Active, Icon and Icon plus grades for between £16,045 and £19,545. The 1.4 D-4D diesel model comes in all four grade structures, ranging in price from £17,395 to £22,595, while the 1.6 Valvematic petrol comes in Icon, Icon plus and Excel grades. Prices for this model go from £19,095 to £21,350, with the optional Multidrive S automatic transmission adding another £1000 to these figures. Finally, the 1.8 Hybrid Synergy Drive powerplant comes in either Icon grade upwards, priced from £21,745.

For the latest on UK range and pricing structures, visit the Toyota Auris page on toyota.co.uk. If you’d like to experience the Auris Touring Sports for yourself, we’ll be happy to help – simply leave a comment below and we’ll take it from there.

*Prices correct as of 13/01/15

29 comments

  1. Hi, i have had a touring sport hybrid for about 5 weeks now. up to nearly 3000 miles. So far i am not very impressed with the mpg. Driving carefully, slowing early, keeping out of the power band, my best mpg has been 55, lowest 50mpg this is the mpg according to the trip computer. real mpg based on recording miles and fuel used between fill ups, gives 46-49mpg.
    Most diesel estates will do this without having to drive extra careful.

    Is this the best MPG i can expect from a hybrid? i carry a laptop and ladder in the boot, tyres are correct pressure of 36psi.my trip to work and back is 90miles, of country roads, should i have brought a diesel?

    1. Hi Matthew
      Thanks for your post about your Auris Touring Sports.
      Fuel consumption figures are difficult to quantify in individual cases as there are obviously many different factors which can influence this. In case you have not seen it we published a post about obtaining the best consumption from your hybrid and more information about this can be found here. https://mag.toyota.co.uk/hybrid-driving-technique-toyotas-top-tips-for-achieving-the-best-fuel-economy-in-your-hybrid
      Other points to consider are that consumption does tend to improve as an engine runs in and consumption does increase during winter. Also, the fuel consumption figures which we have to quote in all our marketing materials are derived from a standardised EU test from which it is widely accepted does not represent real world driving conditions. For example the test is undertake in laboratory conditions and further information about the test can be found here. https://mag.toyota.co.uk/how-official-fuel-economy-figures-are-calculated
      Hopefully this may help explain a bit more about the tests but please let us know if you have any further questions.

    1. Hi Rob,
      We wouldn’t want to commit to saying they can. The best advice is to head to your local Toyota Centre and try your seats in the vehicle! Your nearest dealer should have an Auris Touring Sports in and they will be more than happy to help!

  2. Hi,

    I am considering buying a new Toyota Auris Touring Sports. My garage is quite short. I wish to be able to access the boot via the tailgate with the car in the garage with the garage door closed. Will you let me know whether the tailgate when open extends further than the rear of the car? And if so what is the actual length of the car with the tailgate open.

    Thanks

    1. Hi Cliff,
      Thanks for getting in touch. We can confirm that when the boot is open it will add to the overall length of the car. However, we don’t keep a record of how much it will extend by, the overall length of the car with the boot closed is 4595mm. Hope this helps.

  3. I am just going into my third year of ownership of the Auris sports estate hybrid, Body design is great and to have a full size spare wheel was excellent… so thumbs up there. I have had problems with rats getting into the car via the engine compartment. (Twice) causing 500 pounds worth of damage, eating into the wiring and air-conditioning box!! & once in, they have a free run of the car itself that makes us feel uneasy.
    Also the backrests of the front seat cushions are creaking like mad.
    Driving the car sensibly returns good fuel consumption.
    I will be looking to replace my car at the end of it’s warranty.
    Cheers Ken Bradley.

    1. Hi Ken,

      Thanks for getting in touch and for this positive feedback on the design and spare wheel. We are sorry to hear, however, that you have experienced some issues. With any fault, we would advise for you to contact your local centre and request an inspection of the vehicle. We will also pass this feedback on to our Product team.

      In regards to replacing your car, have you seen the new Toyota Corolla Hybrid? If not, take a look here: https://www.toyota.co.uk/new-cars/corolla-hatchback/?&utm_source=google&utm_campaign=OEM-UK-EN-B-Model-Corolla-xx-GOO-EXACT&utm_term=toyota+corolla&gclid=CjwKCAjwycfkBRAFEiwAnLX5Ie53Ik9umbNfIDQal8dP2q-B4OHPPVNuxLwkv5gyuD5zpkkTnNvxJhoClQgQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds.

      Thanks.

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