2015 Toyota Auris Touring Sports

2015 Toyota Auris Touring Sports review

The new 2015 Toyota Auris Touring Sports is the latest generation of Toyota’s popular family estate, launching with a stunning new look, an improved range of engines and even greater levels of safety. That’s in addition to its well-established reputation for reliability, practicality and affordability.

The Auris Touring Sports has a spacious and practical estate body, and is available from launch in five well-equipped trim levels – Active, Icon, Business Edition, Design and Excel.

It comes with a range of five engines that includes a brand new 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine, a new 1.6-litre D4-D diesel, a highly-efficient, Euro 6-compliant 1.4-litre D4-D diesel that can return up to 83.1mpg, and Toyota’s world-leading 1.8-litre petrol-electric Hybrid Synergy Drive powertrain.

Toyota’s new Safety Sense package gives the option of adding the very latest in active safety features, such as a lane departure warning system, road sign assist and a pre-collision system to avoid or minimise the severity of an accident.

And as the Auris Touring Sports, along with the standard Auris hatchback, are built right here in Britain, you can enjoy the ride safe in the knowledge that you’re supporting British manufacturing.

Driving

Reflecting the demands of modern drivers, the 2015 Toyota Auris Touring Sports is more economical, kinder to the environment and costs less to run, and yet hasn’t lost any of its character from behind the wheel.

2015 Toyota Auris Touring Sports driving

The revised engine line-up includes two petrol engines (a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine or 1.33-litre dual VVT-i), two diesel engines (the updated 1.4- or new 1.6-litre D4-D diesel) or the incredibly popular 1.8-litre petrol electric hybrid, so whichever Auris Touring Sports you choose will be an enjoyable car to drive.

Out on the road, improvements to the suspension and steering settings mean that the 2015 Toyota Auris Touring Sports drives brilliantly, with confidence-inspiring feedback for the driver from its dynamic handling.

Comfort

Any journey in the 2015 Toyota Auris Touring Sports is a real pleasure thanks to its spacious, premium-quality cabin that is modern and well-equipped. You’ll enjoy the feel of the latest soft-touch materials, the support of Auris’ comfortable seats, and its intuitive onboard entertainment system that includes a 7″ touchscreen (Icon models upwards).

A visually cleaner dashboard design and improved soundproofing make the Auris Touring Sports a calmer and more peaceful place to be too.

2015 Toyota Auris interior

Practicality

With five doors and a wide-opening rear tailgate that gives easy access to the spacious boot, the 2015 Toyota Auris Touring Sports is the ideal practical family car.

Its folding rear seats expand the available bootspace from 672 to 1,658 litres, making the Auris Touring Sports extra-practical for those occasions when you need that bit more space for load-lugging.

Toyota doesn’t penalise hybrid drivers either, ensuring that the hybrid battery is packaged under the rear seats so that the Auris Hybrid Touring Sports has exactly the same amount of legroom and boot space as any of the non-hybrid models.

2015 Toyota Auris Touring Sports rear

Safety

Toyota is proud that, like many of its models, the Auris Touring Sports has achieved the maximum five-star EuroNCAP safety rating, demonstrating Toyota’s commitment to safety. As well as its strong construction and standard safety measures like multiple airbags and anti-lock braking systems, the 2015 Toyota Auris Touring Sports is also offered with the new optionally-available Safety Sense package.

This suite of active technologies uses a windscreen-mounted laser and camera to warn the driver if the car begins to drift out of its lane, as well as automatically switching the headlights from low- to high-beam, and identifying relevant road signs. Toyota’s Pre-Collision System, also part of the Safety Sense package, constantly monitors the road ahead, alerting the driver and activating braking systems to help prevent accidents.

Running Costs*

The 2015 Toyota Auris Touring Sports is designed to make your money go further – literally. On the official combined test cycle, the petrol-powered Auris Touring Sports achieved up to 58.9mpg (1.2T), rising to 80.7mpg for a diesel model (1.4 D4-D). Carbon dioxide emissions for the petrol and diesel Auris Touring Sports models are as low as 106g/km meaning that, on some models, you won’t have to pay a penny in road tax.

2015 Toyota Auris Hybrid instrument panel

At 81g/km, the Auris Hybrid Touring Sports similarly qualifies for the zero-band of road tax, and achieves up to 80.7mpg on the combined cycle. An obvious benefit of the Hybrid Synergy Drive system is that can drive in town for up to two miles in electric-only EV mode, using no fuel at all and emitting no harmful exhaust. If you do a lot of short journeys, imagine how much you could save.

Quality

The 2015 Toyota Auris Touring Sports is built here in the UK at Toyota’s plant in Burnaston, Derbyshire, and adheres to the same strict quality standards that Toyota demands at its domestic plants.

Like the rest of Toyota’s range, the Auris Touring Sports enjoys a comprehensive warranty for five years or 100,000 miles (whichever you reach first). In addition, there’s a three-year warranty against rust and paint defects, and 12 years’ anti-corrosion cover.

Prices*

Prices for the 2015 Toyota Auris Touring Sports start from £16,745 for the Active model with 1.3 VVT-i petrol engine. The 1.2T VVT-i petrol engine is available in Icon, Business Edition, Design and Excel trim levels, ranging from £19,795 to £23,185 with a six-speed manual transmission. The optional automatic transmission adds £1000 to those prices.

The 1.6-litre D4-D diesel is available in all grades from Icon upwards, starting at £20,995 and rising to £24,385 in the range-topping Excel. The 1.4 D4-D is exclusively available in the Business Edition, priced at £21,395.

The ever-popular 1.8-litre Hybrid Synergy Drive powerplant is available in each of the five trim levels, costing between £21,145 and £25,495.

Optional extras include the Safety Sense package (£450, Icon upwards), Skyview panoramic roof (£550, Design and Excel) and Touch 2 with Go navigation (£750, Icon and Design).

*Prices correct as of 01/03/16

Comments (2)

  1. Hi,

    I’ve just taken delivery of a “new build” (I’m told it was completed July 2016) Auris Hybrid Excel Touring Sport with TSS option. My previous car was a 2014 model Auris Hybrid Excel TS.
    To me it seems there have been improvements to the suspension and noise insulation. The car feels more solid (“planted”?) on the road and the engine noise when accelerating seems much reduced. So I like the way the car drives and behaves on the road.

    However, I have some complaints, which I would like Toyota to take note of and provide feedback to me:-

    1. My previous Auris would HAPPILY play music from a 32GB USB 3.0 memory stick all day long. The new Excel model has an upgraded infotainment system with SatNav etc…
    Using the same memory stick in the new car I get less than 5 minutes of music before the audio system freezes. Need to power off the car before the stick is recognised again! System information shows “System information” displays “Software version: 4.5.0WH”, and “Map ID: 2015v2”. Are these the latest software versions? I am reluctane to take the car back to the dealer for now, as I have a gut feel that the problem is due to the infotainment software…
    2. It was only after I took delivery of the car that I realised there was no “deck board” boot floor, just some really cheap and nasty thin carpet type boot floor, which feels like capable of supporting a couple of pillows! I assume the reason for this is to save money and boost boot storage space, but I would have liked the option of continuing with the original deck board system and remove it in order to create more space.
    3. Please clarify how many years of map updates are included. I read that 3 years were included and that Toyota might increase this to 5 years. “Navi information” displays “Software version 01014C”. again, is this the latest software version available?

    Because of the above issues I would currently rate the car as 3/5 stars.

    I look forward to your reply.

    Best regards,

    Ian

    1. Hi Ian,
      Thanks for your post. Feedback to your questions follows:
      1. The USB playback issue may be resolved with a software update, the current version for your system is 6.7.0H so there is an update available. It is also recommended that you check the tracks on the USB stick for compatibility. Details can be found in the Owner’s Manual, which can be found on the My Toyota website.

      2. Regarding the carpet boot floor, I would advise you to contact your local Toyota dealer as there may be options available to change this or to add a boot liner accessory, however your Toyota dealer will be able to confirm this.

      3. If you have purchased the Touch & Go Plus system, this will give you 3 years of free updates. As mentioned, there is an update available, so we would advise contacting your dealer for help updating.

      Hope this helps!
      Many thanks.

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