The British-built Toyota Auris Touring Sports will cost from £16,045 when it goes on sale this summer.
The practical estate car will offer a wide choice of engines, including one diesel and two petrols. It’s also the first model in its class to offer a full-hybrid petrol electric powertrain, which delivers class leading CO2 emissions of 85g/km.
Auris Touring Sports is built exclusively by Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK (TMUK) at its factory in Burnaston, Derbyshire, alongside Auris hatchback and Avensis models.
Entry-level Toyota Auris Touring Sports Active models will cost from £16,045, offering drivers the choice of a 1.33 Dual VVT-i petrol engine or a 1.4 D-4D diesel. Both cars are fitted with a six-speed manual transmission, while standard equipment includes roof rails, 15” steel wheels, follow me home headlamps, automatic single-zone air conditioning, seven airbags, vehicle stability control and hill start assist control.
Next up is the £18,745 Toyota Auris Touring Sports Icon. The full range of engines is available with the Icon, including the 1.8-litre petrol electric hybrid. A 1.6-litre Valvematic petrol is also offered, with a choice of six-speed manual or Multidrive S continuously variable transmission. Standard specification includes 16” alloy wheels (15” alloy wheels on hybrid), front fog lamps, double level boot floor and storable tonneau cover, Toyota Touch touchscreen entertainment system, including Bluetooth connectivity, DAB Radio and a rear view camera.
Toyota Touch and Go satellite navigation is available on Icon, Sport and Excel, and is priced at £650.
Toyota’s Intelligent Park Assist system is available as an option for Icon and Sport grades, priced at £350.
A ‘Skyview’ panoramic roof is also available on Excel models, priced at £550.
For more details on the range, please see the tables at the foot of this page.
Auris Touring Sports design and packaging
Auris Touring Sports has the same 2,600mm wheelbase and 10.4m turning circle as its sister hatchback, but is 285mm longer overall – all dedicated to the extended loadspace.
With the rear seats in place the load area is 1,115mm long and 1,452mm wide, giving a capacity of 530 litres. With the rear seats folded the length increases to 2,047mm; with loadspace height up to 890mm, the maximum capacity is a class-leading 1,658 litres.
As well as being more spacious than its rivals, Auris Touring Sports offers better functionality, too. It offers Toyota’s unmatched one-touch Easy-Flat folding rear seat system, a dual-level loadspace floor and a two-way tonneau cover (standard on Icon, Sport and Excel grades), a roller-type luggage net, shopping bag hooks, aluminium roof rails and a 12V power outlet in the boot.
As witnessed in the new Auris hatchback, the strong and distinctive exterior design maximises the aerodynamic benefits that come with the model’s lower overall height and the dynamic improvements offered by its lower centre of gravity.
It shares the same front-end look as the hatch, displaying key elements from Toyota’s new design language with focus on emphasising the car’s width and low stance in the shape and arrangement of the lower grille, front bumper and fog lights, together with a keen-edged look created by the narrower upper grille and headlamp units.
In profile it also shares the hatchback’s steeply raked windscreen, which flows into an extended roofline with aluminium roof rails and an integral rear spoiler. Some versions of Auris Touring Sports will be available with a Skyview panoramic roof; measuring 1,553 by 960mm, it is one of the largest in its class and increases the sense of light and space in the new interior.
The extended three-panel side glazing is emphasised by blacked out pillars, with a piano-black finish to the central B-pillar. The effect is underscored by a chrome trim above the powerful crease along the car’s rising beltline.
At the rear there is new a bumper and tailgate design, with the loadspace sill set 100mm lower than on the hatchback, and a ‘floating’ chrome-finished spoiler. As on the hatchback models, the design of the rear lamp units reinforces the shape of the rear wing, as well as the new D-pillar design and rear screen.
Auris Touring Sports driving performance
Auris Touring Sports reinforces Toyota’s commitment to improving the dynamic abilities of its vehicles to give customers a more engaging driving experience. To this end, it carries forward all the improvements made in the new Auris hatchback.
These include a more rigid bodyshell, a lower centre of gravity, improved suspension and steering, a better driving position and improved NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) performance.
It will be available in the UK with the same powertrain options as the hatch: 1.33-litre Dual VVT-i and 1.6-litre Valvematic petrol units; the 1.4-litre D-4D diesel; and full hybrid – a first in the compact estate car market.
The full hybrid’s Hybrid Synergy Drive system features a 1.8-litre VVT-i petrol engine and an electric motor, giving a maximum power output of 134bhp/100kW. This enables 0-62mph acceleration in 10.9 seconds and a top speed of 112mph.
Conversely the hybrid’s CO2 emissions are a class-leading 85g/km; indeed emissions performance across the range is highly competitive with the 1.33 and 1.6 petrol units rated at 127 and 139g/km respectively and the 1.4 D-4D diesel at 109g/km.
|Active Touring Sports||1.33 VVT-i||6MT||£16,045|
|Active Touring Sports||1.4 D-4D||6MT||£17,395|
|Icon Touring Sports||1.33 VVT-i||6MT||£18,745|
|Icon Touring Sports||1.4 D-4D||6MT||£20,095|
|Icon Touring Sports||1.6 V-Matic||6MT||£19,095|
|Icon Touring Sports||1.6 V-Matic||Auto (CVT)||£20,095|
|Icon Touring Sports||1.8 VVT-i||Auto (CVT)||£21,745|
|Icon plus Touring Sports||1.33 VVT-i||6MT||£19,545|
|Icon plus Touring Sports||1.4 D-4D||6MT||£20,895|
|Icon plus Touring Sports||1.6 V-Matic||6MT||£19,895|
|Icon plus Touring Sports||1.6 V-Matic||Auto (CVT)||£20,895|
|Icon plus Touring Sports||1.8 VVT-i||Auto (CVT)||£22,645|
|Excel Touring Sports||1.4 D-4D||6MT||£22,595|
|Excel Touring Sports||1.6 V-Matic||6MT||£21,350|
|Excel Touring Sports||1.6 V-Matic||Auto (CVT)||£22,350|
|Excel Touring Sports||1.8 VVT-i||Auto (CVT)||£23,990|