Review: Toyota Auris (2013 – 2019)

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Sharper looking than original Auris. Good quality feel to the interior. Popular hybrid version offers low CO2, 60mpg, low maintenance and phenomenal reliability. Well built.

Loses height and ease of entry advantage of previous Auris. Automatic is CVT only not torque converter. Epicyclic in hybrid. Thefts of cat converters reported.

Toyota Auris (2013 – 2019): At A Glance

While the previous generation Auris was perfectly competent it hardly set pulses racing, thanks to its bland styling. Toyota has addressed this with the new car, which gets a sharp, aggressive look – but it’s still as relaxed, easy to drive and practical as ever.

The cabin has is more up to date, too, with a simple-to-use infotainment system and durable materials. It’s easy to get comfortable, with a good driving position – but there’s little in the way of flair. The cabin has clearly been designed for user-friendliness rather than style.

Two petrol, one hybrid and one diesel engine are offered, with a 1.33-litre petrol kicking off the range. With 99PS it’s not going to set the world on fire, but it’ll serve most drivers well enough. Those who want a bit more go can choose the 90PS diesel – it might have less power but it has plenty more torque, making it a good motorway car.

By far the most popular Auris sold in the UK is the hybrid version, which uses the same drivetrain as the Prius, with an electric motor, 1.8-litre petrol engine and epicyclic CVT transmission. It’s fuel efficient, clean, phenomenally reliable but distinctly unsporty, though on the 17-inch wheel option it corners surprisingly well.

Practicality is generally fairly good. There's space in the back row for adult passengers and the boot is a good size and shape, with a boot floor that can be set at two different heights. At 360 litres it's a little behind the Volkswagen Golf in terms of outright capacity, but in practice you probably won't notice. 

The Auris is reasonably well priced and comes with most of the gear you’ll need, but for enthusiastic drivers, or people who demand a German interior it’s not up to the standard of the Volkswagen Golf. That said, there is appeal for those who want an easy-to-drive, fuss-free car with a reputation for reliability. 

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Toyota Auris (2013 – 2019): What's It Like Inside?

Length 4275–4330 mm
Width 1760 mm
Height 1460–1475 mm
Wheelbase 2600 mm

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The cabin of the Auris is practical, despite the aggressive exterior styling. The driver’s seat is easy to adjust and the driving position is very comfortable and unless you’re particularly tall you’ll leave a good amount of space in the back – easily enough to carry an adults in reasonable comfort.

Boot space is decent, too. At 360 litres with the seats in place it’s just behind the Volkswagen Golf, but it’s a neatly laid out boot with a double load floor. One of the height levels is flush with the load lip, which makes unloading heavy items easier – but the load lip itself is quite high.

While the cabin is comfortable and spacious it’s not exactly the last word in style or luxury. There is a soft-touch dashboard covering – something that you expect of a modern family car – but the rest of the materials do little to capture the imagination and the digital clock looks like something from the 1980s.

There’s a lot of hard, black and brushed metal effect plastic that is hardwearing but drab and the seat upholstery isn’t exactly plush. The layout is user-friendly, at least, with controls for the air-conditioning about as easy to use as they come. There’s also a nice, simple touch screen system on all but entry level models.

Standard equipment is fine on entry-spec models, but you’ll need to move up Icon grade to get those nice little extras, including the touch screen system, cruise control, a reversing camera, alloy wheels and DAB radio. The top trim level comes with some nice extras like leather upholstery, but it’s expensive at more than £20,000. 

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What's the Toyota Auris (2013 – 2019) like to drive?

The Auris might look sharp and aggressive, but in reality it’s about as friendly as family cars come – whichever engine you choose you’ll get a relaxed drive, good ride quality and masses of grip to keep the car on the road. Performance isn’t bad, either.

There are two petrol engines, along with a hybrid and a diesel. The range kicks off with a 100PS 1.33-litre petrol that isn’t exactly a blistering performer, but for many it’s all the engine you’ll need. Good progress requires a lot of revs, though, which can make things a little raucous.

The same can be said for the 132PS 1.6-litre engine, though that offers better acceleration. The 134PS hybrid model uses the same system as the Prius, with a petrol engine, an electric motor and a battery pack. It’s fine for urban drivers and those with gentle right feet, but the CVT automatic transmission is not for anyone expecting it to be a sportscar.

It’s not really meant for hard driving, though – it’s meant for efficiency. It’s the greenest engine in the range, with emissions of 84g/km and official economy of 78.5mpg. The 90PS 1.4-litre diesel comes pretty close to matching that with its economy figure of 72.4mpg and emissions of 103g/km, and it’s a perfectly decent engine.

It doesn’t have the same surging torque as larger diesel engines in cars like the Ford Focus, but with 205Nm it’s more than capable of overtaking slower traffic and travelling up and down the motorway comfortably and quietly. Indeed, refinement across all engines is generally good unless they’re being driven hard.

Enthusiastic drivers probably won’t be big fans of the Auris – it’s not particularly exciting to drive. The steering is precise enough but it doesn’t have much weight or feel and the suspension strikes a balance between comfort and neat handling that is commendable, but doesn’t make twisting lanes much fun.

That said, there is a lot of grip – the Auris can take corners at speeds far greater than most will ever need. But all of that grip is there to keep you safe when things go wrong, rather than to give you the quickest lap time at the local track day. 

Engine MPG 0-62 CO2
1.2 Turbo 51–59 mpg 10.1 s 112–125 g/km
1.2 Turbo CVT 53–61 mpg 10.1–10.5 s 106–119 g/km
1.33 VVT-i 51–59 mpg 12.6 s 128 g/km
1.4 D-4D 51–81 mpg 10.5–12.6 s 92–107 g/km
1.6 46–48 mpg 10.0 s 138–140 g/km
1.6 automatic 49–50 mpg 11.1 s 134–136 g/km
1.6 D-4D 66–67 mpg 10.5 s 108–110 g/km
1.8 Hybrid 69–81 mpg 10.9 s 79–91 g/km

Real MPG average for a Toyota Auris (2013 – 2019)

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29–70 mpg

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Is a 15-year-old car too old to be looking at?

I've got £3000 to buy a car with and it must be automatic and big enough to accommodate two big child seats. At the moment I've landed on a BMW 3 Series with 70,000 miles, full main dealer history, never failed an MoT and got all the history - including receipts for tyres. But it's 15 years old. Is this the wrong direction to be looking?
In my opinion, this would be the wrong car to buy with a budget of £3000. At 15-years old, the vehicle will be nearing the end of its mechanical life. And that means you'll need to spend money to keep it on the road, as things like the brakes, suspension and clutch start to wear out. What's more, being a premium car, all of the servicing and parts will be relative to its value when new (£25,000). Given your budget, I would recommend something that will be more affordable to run and keep on the road. My recommendation would be The Toyota Auris CVT:
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