Toyota Auris Touring Sports (2013 – 2019) Review

Toyota Auris Touring Sports (2013 – 2019) At A Glance


+Spacious interior and fairly large boot with low loading lip. Feels well put together. Good ride quality. Hybrid version offers low CO2 and 60mpg.

-Not a fun drive on 15-inch wheels. Sporty drivers don't like the hybrid's epicyclic transmission. Step in load area floor. Cat converter thefts.

Insurance Groups are between 7–15
On average it achieves 74% of the official MPG figure

The Toyota Auris is now in its second generation, the first model having replaced the Toyota Corolla – famously the most popular car in the world at one time, despite (or perhaps partly because of) its distinct lack of personality.

Despite Toyota’s best efforts, the original Auris largely picked up a character bypass from its predecessor. And although this follow up is a little easier on the eye inside and out, its main problem is that it inspires absolute indifference.

This is, of course, completely irrelevant to taxi drivers who are now graduating from dirty diesels to the Auris hybrid Touring Sport in droves because of its low CO2, 60mpg capability, phenomenal reliability and low maintenance and repair costs. The vast majority of Auris sold in the UK are hybrids.

Moving up through the trim levels, you come to a car that’s very well equipped, with alloys available from Icon upwards, while Business Edition includes ‘Toyota Touch’ multimedia with navigation, Bluetooth and DAB radio. Further up the range you’re looking at convenience features like dual-zone climate control and automatic wipers and lights – though, strangely, leather seats aren’t included even in the top-of-the-range model, but rather 'upgraded cloth'. 

Regardless of trim the Auris is a very safe car, with a five-star Euro NCAP rating and the full plethora of safety acronyms on its spec sheet. Of course it’s spacious too – but not excessively so in the class, with its 530-litre boot around the middle of the pack in pure volume terms. The Ford Focus Estate’s boot is just 476 litres, but the SEAT Leon ST boasts 587 litres, for example.   

Toyota Auris Touring Sport 2013 Road Test

Toyota Auris 2013 Range Road Test and Video 

Toyota Auris hybrid 2015 Road Test

Long Term Test Toyota Auris Touring Sports Hybrid

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


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37–68 mpg

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Why are our rear tyres stepping?
"We have a 2016 Toyota Auris Estate (petrol) with Michelin tyres. We are on the second set of tyres and the rear tyres are stepping - the first pair of rear tyres (also Michelin) stepped as well. Is it the car, the tyres or us?"
Could be a problem with the tyre or an alignment issue with the rear suspension. Given that this is the second set of tyres to show the problem, I suspect it's the former.
Answered by Dan Powell
I do 25,000 miles a year as a taxi driver - should I switch from a diesel to a hybrid car?
"I currently drive a diesel Toyota Verso as a tax. Would I be better off with with a hybrid Toyota Auris Estate? I do lots of short runs and about three or four motorway runs per week. I do roughly 25,000 miles per year."
I'd be inclined to stick with a diesel for 25,000 miles a year. You'll spend a lot more on fuel if you swap for the Auris, and the Verso is more practical as a taxi.
Answered by Andrew Brady
What cars would fit my mobility scooter without removing passenger space?
"I'm disabled with MS and I'm trying to find a car that would fit my Quingo Flyte mobility scooter docking station with ramp, which is proving to be quite a challenge. I currently have a Toyota Auris Touring Sports hybrid which I find to be great but was disappointed that, even with it's greater length, it only fits in if the back passenger seats are dropped. This effectively only seats one passenger, but need space for my wife and two children. In contacting Quingo they that say in their experience only something like the Peugeot Tepee or Kia Sorento can take the scooter leaving at least one rear passenger seat available. I would preferably want the ability to carry the whole family i.e. four people, including the driver. The specs for the docking station are 30.3-inches wide and 53.2-inches long - Toyota don't seem to offer any car alternatives according to the dealer I bought my car from. Do you have any ideas or am I pushed to considering a van?"
For the last year and a half I have been including load area dimensions in my road tests at While the width is unlikely to prove a problem, a length of 53.2 inches (1,351.28mm) is. Even the longest load deck, in the Skoda Superb estate at 1150mm with the back seats up, cannot accommodate that. Even a Ford Grand Tourneo Connect only gives you 1264mm. However, what would work is a Citroen Space Tourer that offers a load length behind the centre seats of 1450mm:
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What are the risks of buying a Euro6 diesel vehicle?
"I really want to buy a hybrid car, but cannot find an estate type vehicle under £23,000 allowing enough room for my dog to be placed in the boot. I'm therefore resorting to a diesel SUV. Please can you advise the risks of buying a Euro6 diesel vehicle in regards to future legislation."
What about the Toyota Auris hybrid Touring Sport? As for the diesel SUV, while they are subject to all the usual problems of unreliability and high cost of emissions equipment on diesels used for short runs or generally after about four years, EU6 diesels are not imminently about to be legislated against.
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