Toyota Auris

27 August 2019

THE introduction of the new Toyota Corolla means there are cracking deals to be had on the Auris range it replaces, including the practical Touring Sports models.

Traditional estate cars are enjoying something of a revival as an increasing number of families opt for stretched saloons and hatchbacks  in preference to full-blown SUVs.

The concept of a conventional four-seat model with a huge boot on the back has been given a new lease of life thanks partly to clever styling that overcomes the traditional boxy image of estates.

They even get new names, such as Audi Avant, BMW Touring, Cee’d Sportswagen and Toyota Auris Touring Sports.

The Toyota comes with an optional hybrid system, which aims to offer the best of both worlds by offering a combination of a petrol engine and electric motor.

Indeed, the hybrid option is expected to amount for almost half of all sales in the UK this year, giving users a tax liability of just ten per cent thanks to the low CO2 rating of just 85g/km.

Already the master of the art, as illustrated by the hybrid Toyota C-HR and Lexus CT 200h models, the system works particularly well in the case of the Auris Tourer Sports.

The combination of conventional 1.8-litre petrol engine and rechargeable battery means that the car can claim an overall economy figure of almost 70mpg.

So critical are the CO2 figures that the 85g/km figure applies only to the Icon trim versions with smaller diameter wheels, whilst in the case of the more well-endowed Excel versions the CO2 rating rises to 92g/km.

However, these are impressive figures nonetheless and compliment the car’s estate car practicality, being 28 centimetres longer than the hatchback version upon which it is based.

It is also easier to access the loading bay, which is ten centimetres lower, and offers space of 530 litres with the rear seats in place, rising to 1,658 litres with them folded flat.

This is achieved by a simple tug of a handle, unlike the complicated systems of some of the Toyota’s estate vehicle rivals.

The luggage area is impressive for a mid-range family model of this size, with additional space beneath the level floor, in addition to an array of cubby holes littered around the inside of the vehicle.

In everyday use the vehicle drives well and even seems relatively sprightly, although ultimately the engine’s lack of torque becomes obvious when fully laden with four occupants and their associated paraphernalia.

Nonetheless, the Auris Touring Sports is an attractive option for those in search of space and practicality who would rather give larger SUVs a wide berth.

Sharing the same platform as the Lexus CT 200h, there is a five-year warranty covering 100,000 miles.