Road test: Toyota Auris Touring Sports — Covered mag, presented by

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Toyota Auris Touring Sports

Road test: Toyota Touring Sports

The latest Auris arrived last to mild acclaim, bringing a of discrete style that was from the old model.

Designed the outset to accommodate a hybrid Toyota slotted the Prius’s under the bonnet. Now there’s the Sports — an Auris an extra bit of metal welded to the to make it an estate.


It’s actually quite a car, the design coming better in estate form it does in the cheaper hatchback

The sharp lines, rising and raked roof combine for a and practical look.

Fast AND practical, you say? good. Is it quite sporty

Definitely not. The ‘Sports’ of the name should probably be as the Auris Touring is very a functional car. The most model in the range is the fuel-sipping version, tested here, says a lot about its priorities.

How it drive?

It feels remarkably the Auris hatchback, which come as too much of a surprise, that it rides very To call it ‘sporty’ would certainly be stretching the point, but a fair amount of grip and the car understeer well until starts to take over. direction changes are discouraged by vague steering, though.

Despite it being the fastest the hybrid version just feel it. That’s partly to the weight of batteries the car has to carry but mostly due to the CVT gearbox.

I certainly dislike CVT’s, but here just not enough torque and too weight, leaving the engine up too frequently. That wouldn’t be so bad if you had a V8 under the bonnet, but the 1.8 VVT-i sounds like a washing on a spin cycle.

Ok then. it like inside?

The Auris is equipped, there’s plenty of and it’s comfortable enough The Excel spec model came fitted with seats, dual zone control, privacy glass, entry and countless safety

It also has class-leading load swallowing up 1,658 litres of across a wide and flat once you’ve folded the rear seats.

Up front a bit drab, with a slab-like that’s straight from the 80s. There’s sharp smooth curves, big squares and round dials — but all forgotten about though you spot the cheap-looking LCD clock.

else going for it?

The hybrid improves economy, so that’s Officially it’ll do 70.6mpg, and the twisty and mountainous roads of I managed an impressive 60.1mpg. not be stopping at the pumps too often and CO2 emissions of just 92g/km, not be paying any VED either.

It sits in insurance group incredibly low for the size of car and certain to you plenty on your premium.

Fit and is also remarkably good, tight panel gaps and a of solidity. That, no doubt, towards the maximum five-star in Euro NCAP’s crash

What about its competitors?

i30 estate is refined and equipped but a rather relaxed performer, like the Auris. It’s but less economical and you have tax to consider.

Ford’s Focus is spacious but better to drive, the Volkswagen Golf is everything a always has been and always be; quite good at everything.

With its best-in class-load the economy of its hybrid system and ride quality, the Auris Sports is worth considering. If happy to sacrifice a little and economy, there are better out there.

Road test: Auris Touring Sports 1.8 Hybrid e-CVT

Price as . £24,545 (£23,245 OTR)

extras . TouchGo SatNav, and rear-view camera £650, Paint £650.

Top speed . 112 mph

mph . 10.9 seconds

Official fuel economy . 70.6 mpg

Test economy . 60.1 mpg

CO2 . 92 g/km

VED Band . A (exempt)

Car group . 7

Engine . 1.8 litre petrol engine with electric motor

Power . 132 bhp (134 PS)

Torque . 105 (142 Nm)

Kerb weight . kg

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