Read on for the full Toyota Auris Touring Sports review. Thanks to the extension of the side glazing into three panels. Hybrid models get fully independent double-wishbone rear suspension, rather than the simple twist-beam arrangement used in the lesser reaches of the range, while the electrically assisted steering feels firm and direct — there are fewer turns lock to lock than before. Rating: 4 out of 5 stars Good: Quiet, refined, relaxing Bad: Iffy details, rear vision Price: from £19,995The latest Toyota Auris is noticeably lower and leaner than the model it replaces, with sharpened creases, tautened surfaces and a much more hawkish look about its lamps. Fast forward to today and you can buy all manner of hybrid vehicles that are identifiable only by a discreet badge on the back.
The power delivery is smooth and quiet — even when the petrol engine is operating — and the switch between power sources is seamless. Your first reaction is to push the button again, but no, this is how it is. Which is rather odd, not only for you but for adjacent pedestrians who can sometimes be caught out by the stealthiness of your approach. Comfort and long-distance smoothness is far more of an Auris priority than driver involvement — an energetic back-road blast will only expose the car's less-than-informative steering and tendency to lean in corners. Sliding the cells under the rear seats means less compromise in terms of boot space compared to the Mk1 vehicle.
Look for the usual parking scuffs and scraped alloy wheels. Despite an overall length increase of 30mm,Toyota is proud of the fact that this remains one of the most compact cars in the family hatchback class, though you might not think this to be a particularly good thing if you've a family of five to carry about. Otherwise, there's not really much else to worry about. Replacement Parts approx based on a 1. Fast forward to today and you can buy all manner of hybrid vehicles that are identifiable only by a discreet badge on the back.
Adopt a gentle driving style and the whole concept makes sense. The Business Edition features satnav, cruise control and heated front seats with powered lumbar adjustment, while Design offers styling upgrades, and the top-of-the-range Excel model features larger wheels, keyless entry and start, automatic headlights and windscreen wipers and a whole lot more. The same goes for ride comfort. Drop the rear seats at the pull of a boot-mounted handle and boot dimensions swell to 1,658 litres. Otherwise, there's not really much else to worry about. Instead it's a grower, a car that slips effortlessly into your pace of life. Toyota also offers the reassurance of a five-year, 100,000-mile warranty, whereas companies such as Ford and offer only three years or 60,000 miles of cover.
Saying that, the better equipped and of course, more expensive Icon model should hold its value better. The control layout is sound, though, and the features are easy to use. But diesels became commonplace, unremarkable and an obvious option on every mainstream family car. Boot space, at 350 litres, is class average, although the false boot floor which allows a flat loading bay when the rear seats are folded down makes it harder to exploit. If you end up in the wrong lane at the head of a traffic-light queue, for example, you can outsprint most other cars over the first 30 yards to sort yourself out, get in the right lane, switch back into normal mode, and relax. It seems strange to think of it now, but thirty years ago, buying a diesel-engined car wasn't so very different in the statement it would make to the neighbours as buying a hybrid model is today. What You Pay Please for an exact up-to-date information.
The Icon edition is cheaper too, of course, at £19,995. For a more detailed look at the Toyota Auris Touring Sports hybrid, read on for the rest of our in-depth review. The new Auris is lower, lighter and more rigid than its predecessor. The Toyota Auris Touring Sports claims to offer generous space and rock-bottom economy, but then so do rivals such as the. Furthermore, this also effects in better handling stability and lower fuel consumption. The dash falls some way below the best in class, however, in terms of its ergonomics, its upright, overly bluff design and the mish-mash of cheap-feeling materials used in its construction. More obviously, the digital clock on the dashboard appears to have been sourced from a pound shop.
In theory, assuming the batteries are charged, this Prius will run in electric-only guise at speeds of up to 31mph and will remain in milk float mode for up to 1. . Check the wear on tyres for signs of suspension misalignment and check that the car has been regularly oil serviced. The beam axle employed at the rear of some models induces more than a little joggle to the ride when it encounters poor roads. The hybrid grabs the headlines with an average of 78.
In theory, assuming the batteries are charged, this Prius will run in electric-only guise at speeds of up to 31mph and will remain in milk float mode for up to 1. The other upside of that is that most owners have the funds to look after their cars properly. As usual in this class, three passengers will be a squash on the back seat, but thanks to 20mm more rear legroom and seat backrests that recline for greater comfort on longer journeys, two will be quite comfortable. The same packaging tactic in the led to a cut-down fuel tank and reduced range, but in the larger Auris the Hybrid can still swallow the same 50 litres of unleaded as its conventional counterparts. This model Auris was launched after Toyota's sticky accelerator pedal recall, so nothing to worry about on that score.
Two cars at opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to delivering thrills. This was hard-nosed hybrid motoring that confronted the diesel establishment head-on, offering a compelling package too sensible for family hatchback buyers to ignore. The ride is comfortable, although smaller bumps can jar through the cabin, while motorway cruising is quiet with just a whisper of wind noise around the A-pillars. All that's excellent news for those who choose cars with their heads or wallets. If you want an automatic Auris you'll have to go for either the 1. And it was prescient too.
Plenty of other cars beat it in the arena of cheap thrills — by which I mean an exciting drive combined with great fuel economy. Plus it continued its leadership in this segment when it came to hybrid power. The happy surprise is that the Auris gels competently on the road, at least when it is equipped with the smaller and more fuel efficient 16-inch wheel rims. But diesels became commonplace, unremarkable and an obvious option on every mainstream family car. Higher specification cars — including the petrol-electric hybrid and the 128bhp petrol — get a double wishbone rear suspension arrangement,. Compare it to the , , and and it lacks design flair inside and out.