Toyota Auris Hybrid Touring Sports Excel review (2013 onwards) — MSN Cars UK

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Toyota Auris Hybrid Sports Excel review onwards)

Model: Toyota Hybrid Touring Sports £22,145 (£24,290 as tested)

Toyota Auris Hybrid Sports: what is it?

This is the Auris Hybrid Touring – a candidate for one of the most ironically cars currently on sale in the UK. no mistake: there is absolutely sporty about this

It is, to be plain, an estate version of the Auris, powered by a petrol-electric So, what it lacks in excitement it make up in efficiency.

Or at least, the theory. But just how much of a are you willing to make here?

Auris Hybrid Touring where does it fit?

none of the above makes the Hybrid estate a bad car. In if you need to combine estate car with minimum taxation the Toyota’s remarkable 85g/km CO2 capability is tough to beat.

No, Actually, it’s currently In terms of hybrid estate the Auris exists in a class of There is nothing to rival it at end of the market.

Our test example quite that green. in range-topping Excel specification, the of larger 17-inch alloy and the corresponding increase in tyre pegs its CO2 emissions back to Not that any rivals can even that.

In Auris Touring Sports a Hybrid Excel is the absolute top of the – in our case right to the optional addition of the “Skyview” roof, which adds a theatre to the otherwise ever-so-slightly, uh, interior.

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Toyota Hybrid Touring Sports: is it for

If you’re looking at this probably already got your set on an estate car – so the question really is a Toyota hybrid is the right for you.

The standard five-year is reassuring

The hybrid part a number of useful boxes, the above tax-related CO2 positives news for benefit-in-kind if you’re a user but also qualifying for road tax regardless.

Hybrids have a strong socially image; being coupled a petrol engine means particulate emissions are far lower even a modern diesel Plus you can of course drive on electric power alone for short periods.

So if you plan to use the car in stop-start traffic – such as town – then it could out very well. However, if mostly be doing longer on the motorway, where the hybrid of the drivetrain has less opportunity to go action, well, then just like dragging weight around.

In that situation you’re better off with an eco-focused Try the Honda Civic Tourer 1.6 . for example.

Toyota Auris Touring Sports: what it do well?

If you put the sheer complexity of the system to one side – which for the part you don’t really to worry about as it takes of itself in day-to-day driving the Auris Touring Sports is as no-nonsense as a modern car gets.

The still doesn’t look it was designed, exactly (a long-standing trait), but all of the buttons are clearly and easy to find, and the optional Go” (yes, Toyota really it that) satellite navigation doesn’t take much used to.

Interior build is solid rather than – so although it will quickly up scratches here and there, it feel like it’s to fall apart. The standard warranty is equally reassuring.

The experience is best described as With a CVT automatic gearbox as we found ourselves subconsciously into pottering where we otherwise have been quickly – hardly a bad thing. The are light, and both the ride and the seats are commendably comfy.

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Toyota Auris Touring Sports: what it do well?

So it’s no sports But not everyone wants a sports so it’s not worth criticising it for Grip and steering response is and, if not eager, then at tenacious. You even get used to the growl of the CVT-restricted engine a while. For an A-to-B family it does just fine.

If you on the loud pedal, the needle on the use gauge turns red. to let you know Mr Toyota is getting

Where the Auris Touring falls down, however, is some niggly little that turn a mediocre car into quite an annoying

Take the load cover. than simply rolling this zips up little in the pillars. Which means almost every time we the boot, got behind the wheel and in the rear view mirror driving off we had to get out again. Because the cover was still in its upright

User error? Probably. But not a we’d have with a conventional design. And don’t it makes up for this by having a large amount of luggage If you want to take advantage of all seats, boot space is 530 litres.

A VW Golf Estate crams in 605 the aforementioned Honda Civic a massive 624 litres. Fold the down and the squared-off shape of the offers some redemption 1,658 litres it is more than the 1,620-litre Golf. But the does better still at litres.

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Toyota Auris Touring Sports: what is it to live with?

So soporific – relaxing is the driving experience perhaps you won’t care these shortcomings. Even so, you get too horizontal, it’s possibly to wake yourself up by taking a more interest in the Auris eco potential. Not that you’re to go thrashing it that often.

If you do on the loud pedal (deliberate and cliché), not only does the CVT send the engine into its but raucous power band aside, this is the whole of the CVT design), the needle on the energy use you get instead of a rev counter turns Presumably to let you know Mr Toyota is angry.

Make up for this by to use the “B” slot in the gear selector when you’re slowing This increases drag the electric motor, which you shed speed without entirely on the brakes, and thus charge back into the for use in all-electric mode.

This process quickly surprisingly satisfying. Less are the headlights, which, compared with of the new cars we’ve driven seem very much to be in output and range. Not a problem in a lit city centre, but squint-inducing on a country lane.

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Auris Hybrid Touring how green is it?

Finally we come to the Hybrid’s major area of efficiency. According to Toyota, 92g/km CO2 is accompanied by fuel of 70.6mpg. The benefit-in-kind taxation is just 10%. Road tax is


Everything about this car makes you feel like you be doing better

Driving it as it you to drive it – which is to say in the rather manner discussed above – we saw a disappointing 45-47mpg, over a range of journey types. expect a decent diesel to do better (that Honda 1.6 in

That said, the hybrid does make it particularly around town. And petrol is a much cleaner fuel diesel.

Toyota Auris Hybrid Sports: would we buy it?

Taken as a this is not the car for us. While the technology is the results in real life impressive enough to make the Hybrid Touring Sports a The design and driving experience are far inspiring, either.

Everything this car just makes you like you could be doing Yes, it’s comfortable, and yes it Toyota reliability backed up by a warranty, but in terms of being an car it’s comprehensively outclassed by the opposition.

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