64 Plate Toyota Auris Hybrid

Toyota Auris Hatchback Review

The Toyota Auris is a stylish five-door hatchback that is ideal for people who want a car known for its quality and reliability, and that is affordable to buy and run.

A practical and spacious five-door hatchbak, the Toyota Auris is available in four well-equipped trim levels and with a variety of diesel, petrol and full hybrid engines. With 16 models to choose from, all built right here in Britain, there should be a new Toyota Auris hatchback to suit. But if you need something with more boot space then look at the estate version, the Toyota Auris Touring Sports.

Auris Hybrid 2014

Four engines are used in the Toyota Auris – one diesel, two petrol, and a best-in-class petrol and electric hybrid utilising Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive technology. All versions are designed to provide good performance and excellent fuel economy, along with reduced emissions. The Toyota Auris hatchback is strong yet light in weight and handles well thanks to a low centre of gravity. Meanwhile, careful tuning of the suspension and steering delivers a more comfortable ride with better control for the driver.

Inside, the Toyota Auris offers a comfortable and spacious environment. The four trim levels – Active, Icon, Icon plus and Excel – are all well-equipped as standard. With the interior focused around the driver, it looks good and as it’s built with high-quality materials, it feels good too.

A full range of seat adjustment creates plenty of space and an ergonomic driving position, with the seat design and wide-opening doors making it more comfortable for passengers in the rear seats. The Toyota Auris delivers a quiet environment due to extensive soundproofing to keep out engine and road noise. On Excel models, an optional panoramic glass roof is available.

Toyota Auris Hybrid Interior

The Toyota Auris is a mid-sized car that is practical for family use thanks to its 360-litre boot space and wide hatchback opening. Extra storage is available under the boot floor, plus there is an option to fold down the 60:40 split rear seats to further increase its practicality. Because the batteries on the Toyota Auris Hybrid version are mounted beneath the rear seats, these models have exactly the same amount of storage as the regular models. Within the passenger compartment are extra storage spaces, cup holders and three 12V sockets to power your gadgets.

Like the Toyota Auris Touring Sports estate, the Toyota Auris hatchback scored the top five-star rating in the 2013 Euro NCAP crash safety tests. Protecting you on the move, standard equipment includes LED daytime running lights to make the Auris more visible, braking assistance to safely bring the car to a stop in the shortest possible distance, and stability and traction control to maintain safety when accelerating and cornering. The Toyota Auris protects driver and passengers with seven airbags and seats that minimise whiplash. It will even keep occupants safe after they leave the car at night by illuminating the pathway with its dipped headlights for 30 seconds.

Running costs for the Toyota Auris are kept low by its sleek, aerodynamic design and efficient engine line-up. The low emissions from Toyota engines mean that road tax rates are between £0 and £145 a year, with the first year being tax-free on all models except 1.6-litre petrol models. The engines have superb fuel economy, ranging from 46.3mpg (1.6 petrol) to 78.5mpg (full hybrid) on a combined cycle. The Toyota Auris has service intervals of 10,000 miles or annually, with the Toyota Auris Hybrid costing less to service than before.

Like the Toyota Auris Touring Sports and Toyota Avensis, the Toyota Auris is built in Britain to the highest standards in Toyota’s state-of-the-art factory at Burnaston, Derbyshire. Toyota’s renowned reliability and quality is backed by a comprehensive five-year/100,000-mile warranty, with the battery pack on the Toyota Auris Hybrid guaranteed against manufacturing defects for eight years/100,000 miles. Three years’ cover against rust and paint defects, and a 12-year corrosion cover period also apply to the Toyota Auris hatchback.

There are 16 variations of the Toyota Auris hatchback, with prices starting from £14,945 on the road (OTR). The entry-level 1.33 Dual VVT-i petrol engine is available in Active (£14,945) and Icon (£17,645) trim levels, while the more powerful 1.6 Valvematic petrol engine comes in Icon, Icon plus and Excel grades, ranging between £17,995 and £20,250 for the manual versions, and an extra £1000 for the optional Multidrive S automatic CVT gearbox. The diesel option, a 1.4 D4-D engine, costs from £16,295 to £21,495 and comes in all four trim grades: Active, Icon, Icon plus and Excel. Lastly, the Toyota Auris Hybrid with its 1.8 VVT-i Hybrid Synergy Drive engine comes in from Icon grade upwards, priced between £20,645 and £22,890 respectively.

Click here for more information on the Auris and Auris Hybrid, or if you’d like to get behind the wheel, leave a comment below and we’ll contact you to arrange a test drive.

*Prices correct as of 13/01/15

Toyota Auris - front three-quarter
Toyota Auris - rear three-quarter
Toyota Auris - interior
Toyota Auris - behind the wheel
Toyota Auris - loadspace

Comments (67)

  1. Hi,
    In the summer i purchased a 2015 Auris from a Toyota dealer registration FM15 RRX and as per the above comments I am EXTREMELY DISSAPOINTED with the headlights now I come to use them at this time of year. I Do a lot of driving at nightime, in the country areas where driving at night on either dipped or main beam is actively dangerous, as the light is dismal, and gives out no decent lateral light, in rural areas I am obliged to in some cases (illegally) using the foglights so that I can see the side of the road, and feel more safe whilst driving. I have also put new bulbs in the headlights with no affect.

    The main issue that happens is that on the left it is very hard to see the kerb, or anything clearly past the kerb, The foglights fill this space, which makes it feel slightly better to drive. If another vehicle comes from the other direction it completely over powers any light pattern I may have.
    I feel that this is a serious safety issue and looking above at the other comments with this issue it would appear it is not a one off.

    I am looking for some sort of resolution before it causes a serious accident!
    Kind regards
    Jo Denton

    1. Hi Jo,

      Thanks for getting in touch, we value all feedback so we will ensure that this is passed on to our product team. In regards to a solution, we would recommend contacting your local Toyota Centre as they will be able to inspect your vehicle and advise accordingly. We are sorry this may not be the answer you would like however by inspecting the vehicle in person this will enable the best diagnosis to take place so you receive accurate advice for your vehicle.


  2. Hi i have recently purchased a 2015 Auris Excel Hybrid, I am EXTREMELY DISSAPOINTED with the headlights, I Do a lot of driving at nightime, in town and country areas where driving at night on either dipped or main beam is actively dangerous, as the light is dismal, and gives out no decent light at all, in rural areas I am obliged to in some cases (illegally) using the foglights so that I can see the side of the road, and feel more safe whilst driving

    The main issue that happens is that on the left it is very hard to see the lerb, or anything clearly past the kerb, The foglights fill this space, which makes it feel slightly better to drive.

    I have in the past had numerous Toyotas, including Avensis, Carina E, Carina II, Corollas and Yaris in the family, and never experianced lighting as bad as this. Thi is a poor design really suprised aomething has not been done to resolve this situation.

    1. Hi Jandad,

      Thanks for getting in touch and we are sorry to hear that you are experiencing these issues.

      We would advise for you to take the vehicle to your nearest Toyota Centre for inspection and diagnosis should there be a fault with the illumination. However, if you could please provide a reg or VIN number, we may be able to give you some more detailed advice.


          1. Hi there,

            We will be in contact with you today via email regarding these issues. Thank you for your patience.

  3. my dog loves to go shopping with me but can i shut off the alarm in the Auris when i am in the shop for a little while?

    1. Hi Kathy,
      We have spoken with our technical team and they have advised that you can turn off the interior alarm sensor. You can do this by following the steps listed below:
      1. Head to the overhead console near the rear-view mirror.
      2. There should be a button that if you hold for a few seconds will deactivate the interior movement alarm.
      3. Open the door within 5-10 seconds and then shut.
      4. The interior movement alarm should now be turned off and when locking the car, everything will be activated except the interior alarm.
      We hope this helps!

  4. Hi, I own a Auris TS Diesel. Does anyone know how to remove or lift the rear seat base to Clean/Fit seat cover etc. I can’t get it to move?

    1. Hi Mike,
      Thanks for getting in touch. The trims and mechanism of the rear bench are not designed to be removed, the seats are on fixed points so wouldn’t be able to be removed. We would not advise attempting to remove them as this can be very unsafe. Many thanks.

  5. I own a Toyota hybrid excel 1.8L. I purchased it June 2016 was doing 50MPG as an average range. after 3 month starting to go down, now maximum 35MPG. I took it to Toyota dealer to check why on high consumption and never done a thing they said it the tyres need more pressure what a joke!!!.
    Still the same, very bad on petrol like driving any 1.8L automatic car. Any comment or advice??

    Many thanks.

  6. I’d appreciate any comments from guitarists on whether a hard guitar case of about 110 x 48 x 15 cm will fit into the Auris hatchback boot with the rear shelf and seats in place.

  7. Hi
    I have a 2015 hybrid auris touring and the headlights are not the best as many people on here have also told you. Is it safe to put led bulbs in?

    1. Hi Garyn,
      Thanks for your post. We would advise altering the headlights on your 2015 Hybrid Auris should be avoided and that keeping your vehicle to the standard in which it was sold to you would be the best option. However, if you require more information and assistance we would recommend visiting your nearest dealer so they can advise you further. You can find your local dealer here: https://www.toyota.co.uk/world-of-toyota/find-your-dealer.json. Hope this helps. Many thanks.

  8. I have a Auris Hybrid, no way does it live up to the suggested mileage. I find it difficult to reach 35 mpg!! Furthermore, the headlights are the worst I have experienced on any car I have owned/driven in over 60 years of motoring. Is it possible to have these improved? The vehicle is an Excell, and is one year old.

    1. Hi peter my 3month old Auris hybrid is getting around 60 to 70 miles to gallon and I expect more when it’s done about 20 thousand miles.

  9. Hello

    Which Auris model would you recommend to take two cycles (both with removable front wheels) inside the car?
    I own a Yaris and can squeeze two cycles in so would assume the larger Auris would also take them, however, the Yaris’ rear seats fold flat and the Auris’ dont. Would this be a problem for the Auris?
    The length of the cycles without the front wheel is approximately 1m 42cm
    Which Auris could you recommend, please (I am interested in a Hybrid model)?


    1. Hi there,
      Thank you for your post. We would advise visiting your local Toyota Dealer to give this a try. Hope this helps and if you have any other questions please let us know.

    1. Hello Jim,
      Thank you for your post. We have spoken with our technical team who have advised that you can press and hold the mute button. Or alternatively, you can go into vehicle settings, General and choose volume settings. Hope this helps and if you have any other questions please let us know.

        1. Hi Jim,
          Thank you for your quick reply. We have spoken with our technical team again and they have advised if you press and hold the ‘Mode’ button on the steering wheel it will turn off the audio only. Pressing it again will turn the audio back on. To mute or adjust the volume for the sat nav voice, you can use the up and down buttons on the steering wheel when the guidance is being spoken. This will momentarily adjust the sat nav voice but after a few seconds, it will revert back to adjusting the media volume as normal. Another option is to open the setup menu by press ‘Setup’, Selecting General – Volume Settings – Navigation Prompt Volume. This gives you the option to set the level between 0 (Mute) or 7 (Max). Hope this helps clarify and if you have any other questions please let us know.

  10. I have an entry model Auris D4D Activ and know a retro-fit dab radio is available is it possible to see a picture please.

  11. I have the Auris Excel hybrid. It doesn’t seem possible to fold the rear seats completely flat, I could do this on my Corolla. What am I doing wrong? Help please.

    1. Hi Richard
      Thanks for your post.
      It is nothing you are doing wrong. We did check with the product team and the seats do not fold completely flat in the Auris model. There will be a slight angle when you recline them to the maximum setting. Hope this helps clarify but let us know if you have any other questions.

  12. I have a question……Does the front passenger seat recline back enough to rest on the rear seat cushion or the back of the folded forward rear seat cushion? I wonder how long a load I can put in this car.

    1. Hello Sean
      Thanks for your posts.
      Regardless of the position of the front passenger car seat, when you recline it to the maximum setting, it does not rest on the rear seat cushion. There is a gap (the size of this gap varies slightly dependent on whether the front seat is pushed fully forward or fully back) and the seat is almost horizontal. If you do need to carry something specific in the car then we do recommend that you stop by your local Toyota dealer who would be more than happy to demonstrate this for you so you can see for yourself. Hope this helps for now but let us know if you have any other questions.

      1. Hi…..Thank you for answering my question.

        What is the seat height from the ground for both the driver and passenger with the Auris? Will it be the same on the 2016 Auris?

        1. Hi Sean
          Thanks for your post.
          The new Auris available later this year will have the same ride height and chassis as the model it replaces and this does include the seats (there is a very marginal difference if you opt for the sport seat). Cars are likely to be available for demonstration from September if you want to pop along to try one out for yourself.
          Hope this helps answer your query but let us know if you have any other questions.

  13. I have recently taken ownership of a 2014 Auris Touring Sports. I live in the countryside and have noticed that the headlamps do not appear to light enough of the left hand side of the road when dipped. I have checked the height adjustment, but this appears to have no bearing on the left side illumination. Could the headlamps be misaligned somehow?

    1. Hello Clive
      Thanks for your post and good to hear about your new Auris Touring Sports.
      With regard to your headlamps though, we did speak with our technical team who have recommended that you get your local Toyota dealer just to check this for you. They can help advise regarding the specification. Hope this helps for now and let us know if you have any other questions.

  14. I am keen to know when the 1.6 diesel will be released as I want a car with more torque, the yaris 1.3 is slow accelerating and not too much better gaining speed on the motorway without reving heavily. Therefore I was looking at the 1.4 diesel Auris as this would provide more low end torque, but heard that the 1.6 diesel is on it’s way, I would like to know when? Otherwise I may have to go to another brand of vehicle to get the kind of drive I desire, and that would be a shame just because there appears to be a small portfolio of engines available in the Auris.

    Let me know as I am due up for renewal in July 2016 but have a baby on the way so will need a new car sooner than then I feel.

    1. Hi Sam
      Thanks for your post and for your interest in the new Toyota Auris.
      We are introducing the 1.6-litre diesel engine in the Auris later this year. We are still finalising the details but the current plan we are working towards is being able to order the car from 1 July with deliveries from September. Hope this helps clarify and fits in with your timeframe but please let us know if you have any other questions.

  15. HI I have Auris Hybrid 2012, I am having problem with fuel economy as my Auris is only doing around 40 MPG on extra urban and same in urban areas. I have tried every thing to make it better but still can not (slow drive, Legal limit on Motorway, Switch off heater and radio every thing so the battery should only to run the car). Any advice or suggestion please?

    1. Hi Omair
      Thanks for your post.
      Sorry to hear about your fuel consumption and in case you have not see it we did publish a post about obtaining the best economy from your hybrid and more details can be found here.
      Because fuel consumption is influenced by many different facts it is often difficult to explain why only a certain figure can only be achieved. We hope that this post will help explain more but if not then your local dealer will also be able to offer help and advice.
      Let us know if you have any other queries.

      1. Hi David Thanks for the reply and advice. One more Question is
        what is the function of small black push button on passenger side door? as the same button on driver side door locks all the doors.
        My driver side door, this small push lock button locks all the doors with smart function while i have key in my pocket but on passenger side door the same button does not do any thing and i can not unlock the doors with inside door handle sensor on passenger side door. Please advise

        1. Hi Omair.
          Thanks for your question. That button does not have a function on your car. It it would perform as your driver’s side button does in left-hand drive versions of the car.
          We hope that makes sense.
          Thanks, Toyota UK

          1. Hello Will

            Dont know what to say but my request is, when u guys reply to the people please reply with a proper research on questions.
            In regards to my above question and your answer it is vital for me to inform u that my passenger side door is working as my driver side door works in relation to lock with small black push Botton and unlock when pull the handle through sensor. How it is done i don’t know yet but m figuring it out. As soon as I figure it i will share it so the other can have advantage of this function if some one wants to.

  16. Hiya please can you confirm that the seatbelt warning beeps can’t be switched off, as my dealer says not, but my friend had his switched off by his main dealer.

    1. Hi Steve
      Thanks for your post.
      Your dealer is correct, we cannot recommend or condone the removal/silencing of seat belt warning sound. We cannot see why the sound should be switched off as it is UK law to wear a seat belt in the car for the driver and all passengers. It is also extremely dangerous to drive, or be a passenger in the front seat of a car equipped with airbags and not be wearing your seatbelt. The airbags are designed to work in conjunction with the seat belt system, not independently. We strongly suggest that you make your friend of the above information for his own safety. If you need any further advice about this subject please let us know.

    2. I have worn seat belts for all my driven years, And dont intend to stop me or my passengers now, but obviously its an option that can be exorcised, which i would love to happen. Can you direct me to some legislation that says i must have it please?

      1. Hi Steve
        Thanks for your reply.
        We do understand your reasons but when we sell a car in this country we have to homologate it so it conforms to UK law, (such as lighting etc). We cannot therefore recommend or advise changing the car outside of this manufacturer specification. We sell all Toyota models with a seat belt warning alarm because of the serious safety implication as mentioned in our last post and this is why all our cars are fitted with this feature. Hope this clarifies a bit more but let us know if otherwise.

        1. Hi David,
          Thanks for your reply but with respect you have not answered the question. So some Dealers can turn the warning bleeps off but you are saying I cannot have mine turned off. You still have not supplied me with the law stating we have to have warning noise. Then why is it an option of some for there to be a facility to turn them off? I have no problem with them being turned off on my two Prius but all of a sudden it is now a problem. If you would like to contact me further you can email me privately and I will supply my phone number.


          1. Hi Steve
            There is no law as such stating that they must be connected, it is case that we cannot recommend or condone this modification to your car and we really cannot diverge from this. If a dealer decides to undertake this modification for you then it is at their own risk. Ultimately they are your cars and you can change them as you see fit, but we need to make you aware that modifying your car outside the vehicle manufacturer specification can have implications on your own car insurance. We do care for your safety though and want to stress again the danger of travelling in a vehicle equipped with airbags and not wearing a seat belt. Hope this helps for now.

  17. Hi, I bought a 2012 Auris (second hand) on New Years Day. It only has 4000 miles on it. But twice in the past 3 weeks I have been in the repair centre with a fault with the tube that enables water to be sprayed on the front screen window. The water pressure is forcing the plastic tubbing to burst and the window washer spry is being realeased over my engine. Is this a common problem?

    1. Hi Michael
      Thanks for your post.
      We did run this past our technical team who are recommending that a Toyota dealer checks this further for you you. To answer your question it is not a known issue and the tech team have suggested that either the jets are blocking due to insufficient washer additive, or the washer jets are faulty. It could also be the pump so because of these variables they recommend the dealer route to ensure a correct diagnosis. Hope this helps clarify.

  18. I am very very disappointed with the headlights in the current Auris Excel hybrid. I live in a country area where driving at night on either dipped or main beam is actively dangerous. I am forced into (illegally) using the foglights so that I can see the side of the road.

    The problem is that there is a very sharp cutoff on the nearside that means you cannot see the kerb on left hand bends. The foglights fill this space.

    I have had no problem with any previous car in this way. This includes the last two Prius’s in which I have done around 175,000 miles in the last six years.

    1. Hi Bob
      Thanks for your post and for your feedback regarding the headlamp efficiency on your Toyota Auris.
      We were sorry to read your concern and thank you for bringing this to our attention.
      In order that we may properly record this matter we do need to involve our customer relations team. This is because they can register your vehicle details. This can be completed via our Blog and this link will take you straight to the relevant page. https://blog.toyota.co.uk/how-to-contact-toyota-uk
      Hope this helps however if you have any problems please let us know.

  19. I have just bought an Auris 1.8 Hybrid, Is it usual for the car to struggle going up hills in the power mode, the indicator goes into the red section the car makes a noise and has trouble accelerating..The car is ok driving in the ev and eco mode, not sure if I am driving correctly or not.

    1. Hello Ray
      Thanks for your post regarding your Auris hybrid.
      We have not received any similar feedback regarding difficulty of going up hills in power mode. There are two power sources driving the wheels. The best course of action though would be for you to contact your local Toyota dealer so they can accompany you on a quick test drive to check the car out for you. Also the hybrid transmission may sound different to a conventional car and your dealer will be able to reassure you if this is the case.
      Hope this helps.

    2. The manual recommends using Power Mode on ‘mountain roads’. Mine sailed over the Kirkstone Pass in the Lake District (gradients up to 20%) without a problem, though it was quite noisy.

  20. I’m taking delivery of my 2014 Auris Excel Hybrid on Thursday but I need help in understanding the Touch 2 with Go. It’s a question about Live Traffic Information,which I cannot get a clear answer to – so help would be appreciated.
    The 2014 sales literature states “Breakthrough connected services are pre-installed in your system and are free for the first 12 months” It is powered by TomTom.
    So, is the system a stand-alone, much like a TomTom with Live Traffic and Toyota pay the first years’s subscription (about £47) or do you have to tether your phone to the Touch2 unit so it uses your phone’s link to the internet. If so, isn’t that using my phone’s data allowance, at my cost – so isn’t free.
    I’m a simple fellow and my brain hurts with this puzzle – so can someone help using little words, please. ‘cos no-one at Toyota can help. Worrying !

  21. I bought a 63 plate Auris Excel 1.4 diesel in October. It is the first new car I have bought and I had high hopes as it had a great spec, looked really smart and test drove lovely.

    I went for the diesel over the hybrid as I thought I would get a least high 60’s mpg, after all it was listed at 72 mpg. I drive economically in an extra urban environment.

    I am very disappointed as i only get around 58 mpg and it lets down an otherwise great car. I wish I had gone with the hybrid now, but not sure my next car will be a Toyota.

    1. Hi Richard
      Thanks for your post.
      The fuel consumption figures which we have to quote on our marketing material are derived from a standard EU test which has to be undertaken by all vehicle manufacturers. The purpose of this test is to provide a level playing field for consumers to judge one vehicle against another. It is acknowledged that this test may not be representative of real world driving conditions and more details about the fuel consumption test and how this is undertaken are on the VCA (Vehicle Certification Agency) website and this link will take you straight there. http://bit.ly/19uZUkY
      Hope this helps clarify but let us know if you have any other questions. It is also worth mentioning that fuel consumption does increase during the winter months and also improves with mileage on a new car.

  22. My Auris 1.4 diesel has 17 inch alloy wheels but no locking nuts should they have been fitted or are they accessories

    1. Hi Janet
      Thanks for your post.
      Locking wheel nuts should be standard on your Auris. We would recommend returning to your supplying dealer so they can check this for you.
      Hope this helps.

  23. I have also heard that if you do not use the diesel which I have enough it is possible you will have problems with sooting up and deposits that cause the EGR to fail,have you any information on this also .Thanks.

  24. I’m so worried I have bought the wrong car as every review I have seen on the internet,Top Gear,What Car and Auto Express say the car is dull and boring and is ver pedestrian and not really a winner for Toyota,I’m seriously worried about this,your opinions please.

  25. My AURIS D4D reached 72.6 mpg within the first 1000 miles now with 6000 miles on the clock I noticed my best mileage is 89.6 mpg and that was driving in the north of SCOTLAND without a duel carriageway or motorway being close

    1. Hi John
      Thanks for your post.
      Great to hear about your fuelconsumption achievements. Sounds a great drive too.

  26. The Auris would be a more practicable car if it followed its Australian cousin and supplied a full-size spare in the boot. Would this make such a difference to the official consumption figures in the UK? If it avoided the very hostile comments about chemistry sets being supplied instead of wheels by Toyota, it would surely be worth it.

    As it is, all an owner has to do is remove a small strip of plastic trim from the rear of the boot, buy a spare wheel and drop it in the well. The boot floor is still flat and solidly secure. All you have lost is the tiny space between the two boot floors on the UK model, and in exchange you have a real wheel in emergencies instead of the Toyota ‘mickey mouse’ alternative.

    1. I have the new Auris 1.6 excel, and I ordered a spacesaver spare, which fits in the existing well. The price was approx £155, and a few pounds for the fixing stud, well worth it for peace of mind

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