Toyota Auris (2013 – 2019) Review

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Toyota Auris (2013 – 2019) At A Glance

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.

Insurance Groups are between 7–15
On average it achieves 77% of the official MPG figure

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

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance

77%

Real MPG

29–70 mpg

MPGs submitted

849

Diesel or petrol? If you're unsure whether to go for a petrol or diesel (or even an electric model if it's available), then you need our Petrol or Diesel? calculator. It does the maths on petrols, diesels and electric cars to show which is best suited to you.

ASK HJ

Could you suggest a car to purchase for a taxi?
Can you please advise on what would be a suitable used car to purchase for a taxi (in Dorset)? Our budget is £10,000. We would need an automatic and would be most grateful for your advice.
As you're based in Dorset, I'm presuming you won't be covering many motorway miles. With that in mind, a hybrid probably makes the most sense. A Toyota Prius or Auris would be a good purchase. There's the Prius+ too, if you'd like a bit more space. Alternatively, consider a Lexus CT 200h if you'd like something a bit more upmarket. They're all extremely reliable cars with low running costs - hence their popularity with taxi drivers.
Answered by Andrew Brady
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: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/toyota/auris-2013/
Answered by Dan Powell
How do we keep our hybrid in good condition during self isolation?
Looks like our Toyota Auris hybrid could be sitting on the drive for a few weeks now. Can I connect a normal trickle charger to the 12v battery? What about the hybrid battery? It is starting okay at the moment but the hybrid battery is showing quite low.
The trickle charger will keep the 12V battery topped up but will not affect the high voltage hybrid battery pack. If the car is parked up for 2/3 weeks then the high voltage battery should be fine and retain its minimum charge. Fore more information, see: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/news/coronavirus/2020-03/how-can-i-store-a-hybrid-car-for-a-long-period/
Answered by Dan Powell
How long can I expect a hybrid car to last for?
I have a 2014 Toyota Auris Hybrid. When can I expect to start having expensive repairs such as a replacement battery?
With regular servicing, I wouldn't expect any major problems with your Auris for a number of years. They're extremely reliable cars and the battery should last for a while yet, if early Prius models are anything to go by.
Answered by Andrew Brady

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