The Toyota Auris Touring Sports offers one of the strongest ranges in the compact estate class. Opt for the Hybrid and you also have a car with superb fuel economy and extremely low running costs.
Toyota’s estate has a sleek exterior with a lower roof-line, a shark-fin antenna, swept-back headlights and a black grille. Alloy wheels are supplied across the range, increasing in size for the higher-spec models. Daytime running lights appear on all models, with front fog lamps provided on the Icon trim and upwards. Body-coloured door mirrors have an integral turning signal, are heated and are power-adjustable.
Cabin space is generous in the Auris Touring Sports, with good legroom in both the front and rear. The extensive boot space can be expanded by folding the rear seats, and is easy to access through the wide-opening tailgate. Automatic air conditioning is fitted as standard, with dual zone available on higher spec editions. Infotainment is provided with Toyota’s Touch2 multimedia system and DAB radio on the Icon edition and upwards, while the Business and Excel versions also include Toyota’s Go navigation system. Steering wheel-mounted controls allow easier and safer operation of the music and infotainment system.
The New Toyota Auris Touring Sports is available with a petrol, diesel or hybrid engine. Petrol engines are the 1.33-litre six-speed manual and a 1.2-litre turbo engine, which comes with either a six-speed manual or automatic gearbox. The Hybrid model has a 1.8-litre petrol engine with automatic transmission combined with an 80bhp electric motor. The 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre diesels perform well on fuel efficiency and emissions ratings, but naturally it is the Hybrid which goes to the top of the class when it comes to green credentials. CO₂ emissions are 81g/km for the Hybrid engine, while fuel efficiency is a commendable 80.7mpg.
Toyota make safety a priority and this is fully evident in the features provided in the Auris Touring Sports, which has been awarded five stars in Euro NCAP safety tests. All editions are fitted with ABS, stability control, hill-start assistance and traction control. A tyre pressure monitoring system is also provided as standard. Toyota’s Safety Sense package is available on higher spec editions, and all vehicles come with Toyota’s five-year/100,000-mile warranty.