Toyota Auris Touring Sports: Test Drive Review

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Toyota Auris Touring Sports

Date: 19 July 2013 Author: Guy Bird

Jostling for in an increasingly busy compact market comes the Toyota Touring Sports with a USP: it’s the only car in its to offer a hybrid, and, 85g/km of CO2 (10% BIK) and it’s firmly targeting the vote.

It’s quite a car from the front and side but the back’s pushed-in tailgate things. Inside, while the is functionally fine, it is also an mishmash of materials, shapes and Space is huge, though. has cleverly packaged the hybrid so the car suffers no luggage space compared with its conventionally siblings. A sturdy 530 litres seats up extends to a whopping with rear seats folded flat and various and underfloor cubby holes Rear-seat passenger room is but don’t expect Rav4 of knee room —

is a compact not large family after all.

Toyota Auris Touring Sports

Of the four engine variants two petrols, one diesel and a hybrid ‘Engine and trims’, right, for — only two were to test. The 132hp 1.6 manual a smooth ride and relatively engine noise, as long as you try to thrash it (and with a 0-62mph there’s really no but the 136hp 1.8 petrol/electric Hybrid is important (60% of total and hits the business sweet It starts in full EV mode and can there in light city and coasting at higher speeds. In mode it’s wonderfully as it is at a steady 60-70mph. But between two modes when the 100hp engine kicks in and you need to the accelerator firmly — to say — the high rev roar the unit in conjunction with the CVT is unpleasant. Gentle,

planned manoeuvres are the order of the as the long car’s body can wallowy through even twisty roads. The steering feedback and there are no shifting although selecting ‘B’ on the lever adds more regeneration to help control the car you take the foot off the gas (and without the jerks of other systems). Extra dash-mounted mode buttons — EV and Eco — seem to offer benefits, but even without full eco driving tactics we 57.6mpg on a
mixed route.

There’s nothing remotely about the Auris Touring then, but it is a commodious, good-value with a unique powertrain that will slash tax for drivers who no longer need or can bigger, large family like the Mondeo and 508. £15,595 to £22,845 with spec levels, it’s a compelling costs proposition, don’t expect it to appeal to drivers’ hearts.

Toyota Auris Touring Sports
Toyota Auris Touring Sports
Toyota Auris Touring Sports
Toyota Auris Touring Sports

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