Toyota Auris Touring Sports

Toyota Auris Touring Sports: pricing and specifications

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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.

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Pricing details

MODEL POWERTRAIN TRANSMISSION OTR PRICE
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

Comments (150)

  1. Hi – I have Toyota auris 2014 model , can you please tell me how to turn off the traction control button. I don’t see the button in the car.
    Thanks

    1. Hi Varun,
      Thanks for getting in touch. Please can you provide your reg or VIN number so we can look into this further for you. Many thanks.

  2. Hi bloggers, I have recently purchased Auris 1.4 diesel from Jemca, Edgware Road, Colindale, extremely disappointed by their deceitful seller tactics and then denying all that was promised.

    I have just got a question about fuel efficiency, my car is meant to do 78mpg but i could only get 38pmg since i purchased. Any idea why that is the case? or is it something the cars functionality?

    Thanks.

    1. Hello Uzair
      Thanks for your post.
      We are sorry to read your comments about Jemca and if you do need to contact our customer relations team then they can be reached here.
      https://blog.toyota.co.uk/how-to-contact-toyota-uk
      To answer your question about your fuel consumption, the figures which we quote in all our marketing materials are derived from a standardised EU test which has to be undertaken by all vehicle manufacturers. It is widely accepted that this test does not represent real world driving conditions and the reason for this test is to provide a level playing field to the customer. It means they are able to compare one vehicle to another on equal terms. To help explain this test further we published the following article.
      https://blog.toyota.co.uk/how-official-fuel-economy-figures-are-calculated
      We hope this helps but of course if you do have any concerns regarding your vehicle performance then your local Toyota dealer would be happy to check this further for you.

    2. Hi, I have Auris 1.6 v-matic excel with smart entry & start system and wondered how you can get heater or radio to work with the engine turned off eg if you were parked-up and wanted to keep warm without the engine running? Thanks

      1. Hi Andrew
        Thanks for your post and sorry for the delay in replying.
        We can run you through this process. If you push the start button once without pressing the brake then you will be able to operate the radio. If you push the start button twice without pressing the brake then this will also enable the heater to be operated. We do have a word of caution on the second point, as you will of course be draining the car battery quite quickly if you do this for prolonged periods and we would not recommend that you do this. The heat will also be reducing if the engine is not switched on. We hope this helps clarify but please let us know if you have any other questions.

  3. I have on order a Auris excel touring sport 1.6 automatic, due in May 2014,

    i believe there are some spec updates and i would like to know what these are, cheers

    1. Hi George,
      Thanks for your post and for ordering a new Auris with us.
      For a full vehicle specification see here: http://po.st/IZZ7UA
      Upgrades made to you revised Excel grade Auris include:
      – Touch 2 with Go Navigation
      – Tyre pressure monitoring system
      Hope this helps.

      1. Hello Margaret
        Thanks for your post.
        Sorry to read of the difficulties you have experienced with obtaining information regarding your new Auris Touring Sports. We can confirm that the kit for the spare wheel will cost £170 and we should make clear this is a space saver spare wheel and not full size. The parts dept at Jemca will be able to order this for you. With regard to handbooks these can now be downloaded after registering your car here. my.toyota.eu
        However if you have any problems or need any further help regarding this please let us know and we will be happy to help.

  4. I can not find any information in the manual about “deadlocking”. I have found that if I “double tap” either the handle or the key button I can hear a second lock come home. This would appear to deadlock the drivers door. Does this deadlock all doors? Can it be programmed to deadlock with a single tap? or after a set period of time?

    1. Hi Ian
      Thanks for your post.
      If you are referring to double locking the doors then we do make reference to this on page 110 and 111 of the owners manual. If this is not the case do please let us know.

      1. You must have a different manual mine is Publication OM12G18E. Auris Hybrid Touring Sports
        Page 110 is the instrument cluster. 111 Energy monitor.

      2. Further to last post I have found a ref to Double Locking on page 93 for RHD cars only but I have no stickers and looked for it under Section 3.2. It is nice to have but I thought all new cars had this, I am sure my old Lexus IS200 “deadlocked”. What happens if its Double Locked and the battery goes flat?

        1. Hi Ian
          Thanks for your post.
          Sorry about the variation on page numbers. To answer your question though, if the vehicle is double locked and the battery goes flat then a brekadown service would need to be called in these circumstances.

          1. With all the flat, low voltage, battery problems associated with the HSD Auris this is of real concern. The battery is too small to leave the car for more than a couple of weeks. I leave mine in a garage and a cannot get to the under bonnet charge points. If I cannot open the doors or boot there is not a way to charge a flat battery. It cannot be pushed out of the garage.
            If you log on to the Toyota owners club you will see lots of complaints about this vehicle that Toyota customer relations just refuse to acknowledge exist and the battery problem is the major concern.

          2. Hello Ian
            Thank you for your post.
            We are aware of the issue with the 12 volt battery going flat in the Toyota Auris and we have posted the following on our Blog to help and advise owners on how this can be avoided. https://blog.toyota.co.uk/toyota-auris-owners-12-volt-flat-batteries
            One other point to consider that if the car is left many weeks without use then it may be worthwhile looking at a trickle charger to help prevent the battery from going flat.
            Hope this helps clarify but do let us know if you have any other questions.

          3. David
            A trickle charger is of little use when the cars at an airport car park for
            three weeks. I have used an Airflow Battery Conditioner for years on my Prius’s but to
            access the front charge points on the Auris, when in my garage, is not easy and security is a major issue if you need to get inside the boot.
            The problem should have been fixed by now. The simple,
            quick solution is to issue firmware linked to the deadlock that
            shuts down all the superfluous ancillary junk and fit a higher capacity
            battery. It could be made a customer option via Techstream and add value as a “layup feature”
            Regards
            Ian Clark

          4. Thanks for your post and feedback Ian.
            We can confirm that we have reached a solution regarding the battery issue (it involves a software update). We are now in the process of organising the necessary equipment for our UK network. We will keep you posted.

  5. I agree with comments regretting that in choosing the Tourer Excel option one is forced to have the low profile tyres on 17″ wheels. And again it nearly lost them the order – my home area is littered with speed bumps. Quite unnecessary since economy, ride and tyre wear are compromised although fortunately the new Auris suspension is compliant enough to absorb some harshness. I am also disappointed that Dunlop 17″ tyres were fitted as these are known to be relatively noisy on many road surface, but will have to wait until they wear out before replacing with quieter tyres.
    Major considerations for those of us buying these cars will be ride, economy and noise – not ‘sporty’ low profile wheels.
    It is otherwise a good car and am getting around 55 mpg without making effort to drive for economy. The Touch & Go Sat Nav is disappointingly quirky by modern standards – some missing post codes (including my home address) which have always been in my 9 year old Tom Tom and it tends to instruct to turn left then right on some established roundabouts!…needs a free Toyota update?!

    1. Hi Garth
      Thanks for your post and feedback regarding your Auris Touring Sports.
      We will pass back to our product team, your comments in relation to the choice of tyre for consideration during future product reviews. We have also noted your comments regarding the satnav and our customer relations team can be contacted via the attached link to help with any concerns.
      https://blog.toyota.co.uk/how-to-contact-toyota-uk
      Hope this helps.

  6. From very bitter experience I can answer the wheel /tyre question. Toyota GB stopped one dealer providing an Excel on 16″ wheels. When I found a dealer willing to swap the 17″ to 16″ wheels I got a phone call telling me “Toyota do not provide bespoke cars and the Excel is not homologated for smaller wheels”. At this point I nearly cancelled the order. Two days before the delivery I transferred my insurance from my Prius to the Auris Excel HSD. When I told the insurance company I was considering 16″ wheels instead of 17″ I was refused by one and told they they would have to load the premium by another. The car came on the most uneconomical 17″ Dunlops. Current fuel Average Consumption 48 mpg. My Prius average was 55.8.
    Ilike the Excel trim, body shape, HSD, comfort and most features. The build quality is better than my Lexus IS200 and the cabin better than the Prius but: I had to fit a space saver spare, I am concerned that a 35AH battery may not support being left unused for three weeks, and hate the speedometer (analogue, low contrast,out of eyeline, small, unclear,) and of course LP tyres.
    All of these issues could and should be a simple fix, but Toyota GB are just not interested. You are fighting marketing people who can hide lack of sales behind assertions of customer demand.
    As an aside I have read 4 road reports from UK motoring journalists. All reported on the ICON trim but the supporting pictures were of an Excel, and all gave very negative reports, none found the PWR Mode.

  7. Thanks to Oliwer Kmiecik for the reply to an earlier post.

    Thank you for letting us know that Toyota dealers would not have a problem with fitting used tyres in a winter/summer exchange and that a tyre hotel service is available. It is really helpful to know that.

    If one is to consider buying a new set of rims for winter tyres, could that set be of a different size (something available as standard on other trims, say on 16″ rims and narrower than 225mm), that may allow snow chains to be fitted (in extreme driving conditions) and still be considered by the insurance industry not to constitute a modification to the original spec of the car? The latter is very important as I know from own experience that once one has to declare a mod of any kind (and wheel change is it), premiums go through the roof, regardless of whether it makes sense or not.

    I think that it would be really useful if different wheel/tyre options (that are homologated for the car, and “standard” for various other trim levels) are shown as “standard options” so that when asked by an insurer about modifications, one can truthfully answer that the car has not been modified from its “standard” spec.

    I see that many people choose Excell trim for all other features other than the 17″ wheels and low profile tyres. It would therefore be quite a winning proposition for Toyota, to have (ideally a no cost) option(s) of all homologated combinations – let customers choose wheel size independently of the other features. Toyota could even do a customer survey on the matter – they know who bought Excell trim cars – ask them whether they would have insisted on having 17″ rims if 16″ were also available, for example. A simple question. I know that people can change wheels, but the issue about the insurance then again comes to the surface.

    Apologies for a long post.

  8. Miha got the same stupid answer quoting homologation as I got before I bought the my HSD EXCEL TS. 17″ wheels are just not suitable for general purpose. The crucify the fuel consumption but Toyota seem more concerned with reporting disatisfaction than fixing the problem. Anyone know what ECO drive level is supposed to tel me?

  9. A couple of questions for Toyota employees (I guess marketing people as engineers would be speechless):

    1. I have a new Auris Excell TS (1.6 M) and as far as I can tell from the user manual, this car cannot use snow chains on its 17″ 45 profiled tyres. How are we to get up the Alps in any legal fashion, please?

    2. reading various posts about winter tyres, are you expecting us to remove summer set from our rims, fit winter ones and keep doing that, year after year? Last time I checked with a widely spread rapid fitting outfit, they refuse to mount tyres that are not brand new on any rims. Last time I was up the Alps, a car with winter tyres was just not good enough – chains were needed. Fitting 225/45R17 winter tyres and not being able to fit chains (as the manual suggests) to get through real snow / ice is just not good enough. Discuss.

    Thanks.

    1. Hi Misha,
      The car is homologated and specifications are chosen by TGB to comply with the UK requirements in regards to road and weather conditions. An option could be to check the possibility to install autosock or equivalent. You would have to check that these legally comply with regulations for driving in the Alps. Further to this, there may be other products you could investigate.
      With regards to changing over summer / winter tyres, it is up to the customer to choose when and if to change. Some buy brand new rims to install winter tyres on and then simply change the complete wheels twice a year. But you can also choose to replace the tyres on the existing rims twice a year. Non-Toyota affiliated fitting companies run independently and as such we’re unable to comment about them however, toyota dealers are providing both services.
      Hope this help,s if you’d like some personal assistance, we’d recommend popping into your nearest Toyota Dealer. We are now offering a Tyre Hotel to many Dealers throughout the UK which may be an option to explore.
      Many thanks.

  10. Hi – can someone please confirm if the Tamura Leather seats are the same width/fit as the cloth please? I’m having trouble fiding one to try out and I’m worried that they’ll be a bit too snug for my fat backside!

    Many thanks
    Neil

    1. Hello Neil
      Thanks for your post and just had a quick check with the product team for you.
      They have confirmed that the Tamura leather seats will be the same width as the cloth version. It is the same seat frame so if you have sat in one it will only be the material that is different not the design of the seat. I hope this helps but if you need any assistance with finding your local Dealer or have any further questions please let us know.
      Best wishes

  11. Hi
    Collected my Auris Excel TS Hybrid yesterday and love it. It feels much more solid than my Prius and the trim looks to be more durable. I even like the colour Island Blue, my first Toyota in 12 years that has not been silver. The boot is huge and well thought out, space saver is still on its way but it looks as if it would even take a full size spare. The DAB locks on well and gives better reception than FM. I only have one serious criticism it is going to be very hard to keep to 30mph and 50mph speed limits. The speedo is not marked for either and is small,low and hard to see. The digital driving monitor, which is very nice and easy to see, gives clear average mph, mpg, range but not the true speed. This must be known and should have been an easy implantation. I am surprised such a simple thing was missed given UK speed limits, the car is so quiet there is little audible indication of speed. I do not have Sat Nav so I do not know if that gives true speed. I knew I would miss the Prius HUD, but in most other ways this is a much nicer car to drive. If they called it Corolla and could get customers to drive it, Toyota could have a winner.

  12. Are the 225/45/91 W r17 tyres on the Excel HSD TS run flats? are they low rolling resistance? What make and type will they be?

    1. Hi Ian,
      Thanks for your post.
      Currently the tyres being fited by the factory are either Continental Sport Contact 5 or Dunlop SP Sport Fast Response. These are not run flats but they are low rolling resistance tyres.
      Hope this helps.

  13. I would recommend a Rhino boot liner. Just google the name for their web site. I have also have just bought a tourer and oddly found that the Rhino from my first Prius is an almost perfect fit and after a wash it is like new even after seven years use. They make boot liners of various design to fit specific models of car so worth checking as they are also very reasonably priced.

  14. Hi

    Just taken delivery yesterday of my new Tourer sport Excel HSD, FANTASTIC, the only issue
    I have is the bootliner which is part of the protection pack, it is simply no good, and is not as good as the previous one that I had on my Avensis. The last one covered the entire floor space of my boot, was shaped to fit whereas the new one only covers the square floor space in the boot, however with two big dogs this is simply just not upto the job as we found it moved and slided when laden with the dogs weight on top of it, It simply does not meet with my expectations, especially when such a good and more durable made to fit version was available in my previous Toyota Tourer (Aventsis)

    Therefore do you know if a similar one to the Avensis is available for the new Auris and or if not currently are Toyota planning to develop one as an accessory, As I would buy one immediately. Please advise ASAP, such a shame that such an insignificant spec item, can put a downer on our new pride and joy

    1. Hello Jayt,
      Thanks so much for your comments, we’re delighted to hear that you’ve a new Auris Touring Sports.
      With regards to sourcing an alternative boot-liner, our recommendation would be to speak directly with the Dealer you purchased the car through. They are best placed to help you further. If necessary, follow the link to get the details of your Dealer (which you may well already have): http://ow.ly/oTLz0.
      Many thanks and kind regards.

  15. Once again you have sent my comment to ” Marketing” who defend their decision by saying it is based on customer responses. Are these customers who have driven the car on low profile tires? Or owned any car on LP tires or do they just think that’s what looks nice. How many Auris TS HSD have been sold of this spec? The feedback on-line from What Car would dispute their claim and how do they know how many potential customers have gone elsewhere. This issue stopped me buying a Lexus CT but I doubt Toyota Marketing knew that. One dealer would not even take my order unless I accepted low profiles, did the person who made this decision get that feedback? Will he now??
    Again I want a response from engineers who know what tires work best, and designed the car. Or at least somebody who has actually driven the car on low profiles and has practical experience.
    Marketing should not be allowed to blight a cars ride and performance by fashion, sound engineering common sense should dictate a cars basic specification. Low profile tires on roads in N.Wales are not fit for purpose, wheel size is not the issue. Will Marketing cover the warranty cover damage to rims and suspension caused by speed bumps and mountain roads?

    1. Hi Anthony,
      Thank you for taking the time to contact us.
      We’ve spoken to our technical department and they may need a little bit more information from you. If your Auris has “GO” (navigation) fitted, then yes, you do have a GPS sensor. With regards to ‘internet gear’, could you clarify what you mean by this.
      Many thanks.

  16. Kerry
    My point is 45 profile tires are not fit for purpose on the poor roads in this area. I have been told the HSD Excel is also not homologated for any 16″ wheels. But I can not get a technical answer as to why, or an answer from the engineering people who think 45 profile tires are needed on an estate car. It may make sense to marketing as I am sure you will sell a lot more tires but I have yet to speak to anybody who has actually driven the car on 17″ wheels, let alone an HSD, and thinks they improve the ride. I have been driving for over 50 years and very bad experiences of cars on low profile tires. On-line reviews of your customer for this model on 17″ wheels criticize the firm ride. Having owned two Prius models over the last 8 years I know how sensitive HSD cars are to tire pressures so I tire type must have an affect. Type definitely increases the running cost significantly.
    Again is it worth sacrificing 6 mpg for 17″ wheels. Is the 6mpg down to the resistance caused by the extra drag of wider tires or is that they are not low rolling resistance? what degree of inaccuracy of the speedo would retrofitting 55 profiles cause. This will be my car not a company purchase I have to pay all the bills. What tires are fitted as OEM on the 16″ ICON and the 17″ Excel???

    1. Hi Ian,
      Our technical department will be happy to look into this for you. Could you please send us an email to – toyota.contact@tgb.toyota.co.uk – with your VIN number and/or Model Code. We can then pass these details on and get back in touch with you. Many thanks.

  17. I am aware its all about headline mpg figures but while a 205/55/R17 HP Primacy may give an acceptable ride a 225/45/R17 does not. I cannot find what tires ship from the OEM list. I suspect to keep the rolling size the same they ship the smoker and HSD ICON with 205/55/R16 the HSD Excel with 215 or 225/45/R17 and the base models on 195/65/R15.
    If it was just a case of waiting until the 225/45/R17 wear out and replacing them with 215/55/R17 to improve ride and fuel consumption I may accept 17″wheels but I suspect that would not be possible.

    1. Hi Ian,
      Thank you for taking the time to contact us.
      The Auris Touring Sports is not homologated on the 55 profile tyres on 17 inch wheels, only the 45 profile. Therefore we do not suggest fitting tyres which are not to the homologated specification.
      Hope this helps.

  18. Hi

    the auris sports tourer has roof rails, but I can’t find roof bars that fit it. the toyota website doesn’t seem to have any and other manufacturers don’t either. Can you help?

    1. Hi Gareth,
      Thank you for getting in touch.
      It is possible to get cross bars fitted on to your Auris Touring Sports. We suggest contacting your local Toyota Dealer who’ll be happy to order this in and fit it for you. To find your Local Dealer please visit: http: //bit.ly/16WmR5P and quote the following part number: PZ403-E5622-00.
      Hope this helps.

  19. Hi
    I still can not find out the OEM tyres fitted to the 16″ ICON HSD Touring and the 17″ Excel HSD Touring. The height of the tyre is of importance to ride comfort. There is 6mpg difference in favour of 16″ but low rolling resistance, Energy Savers, tyre width all affect road noise and handling. I have yet to read a report from anybody that had driven both. In principle, based on experience I hate “low profile” tyres but I would like to know technically why Toyota think they are needed,or wanted, on the Excel HSD before mine is delivered. This is an expensive car, I do not want to make a mistake. One would hope these vehicles have been extensively tested on both by Toyota so someone must know. I would hope its not down to Tyre Manufacturers subsidising the OEM fit to sell more high cost replacements?

  20. I see the Toyota web site has been broken again. According to the build your own Auris section on the site the excel is not available as a hybrid.

    Not being able to get a simple thing like a web site correct does reflect badly on the company. More importantly from Toyotas point of view how many sales has this mistake cost the company with people genuinely believing that the Excel is not available as a hybrid and so going elsewhere?

  21. I have just been accepted for finance with cab direct for the icon tourer, very happy with the model but could you give me some idea of the turnaround for this model, how long before delivery. Thanks

    1. Hi Paul,
      Thank you for taking the time to contact us.
      It’s great to hear you’re soon to be a new and happy Auris Touring Sports owner. Unfortunately we don’t have access to delivery times for vehicles. We advise liaising with the centre that agreed the sale as they should be able to provide you with your estimated delivery time.
      Hope this helps.

  22. I would be grateful for images of the Tamura Leather option in the Auris Sports Tourer Hybrid Excel (Deep Titanium) as soon as possible as I am hoping to finalise the purchase within the next couple of days

    1. Hi David,
      Thank you for getting in touch. We have sent the Tamura images over to you this morning.
      Hope this helps.

  23. Oliver: My point is the latest brochure Toyota Marketing say the Excel is is not type approved to run on 16″ wheels the Toyota dealer are not allowed to fit 16″ wheels so if you I would have to take a 6 mpg hit or buy the lower spec. I know it is daft and there is not a logical technical reason behind it buts that is my point

    1. Hi Steve,
      Thanks for getting in touch.
      The entry level Auris Touring Sport does not come with Lumbar support, it is only available in the Excel grade.
      Hope this helps.

  24. Oliver I do not want 17″ low profile tyres, winter or summer. The problem is I have been told it will be illegal to purchase a Hybrid Excel Tourer on 16″ wheels. The brochure clearly states a 6mpg hit if running on 17″ wheels experience and user reports on What Car tell me they they give a hard ride and I know they are expensive and prone to damage the wheels. On Welsh roads, in my opinion, they are not fit for purpose. The dealer may accept an order for a Hybrid Excel on 16″ but the current brochure does not show any 16″ wheel option. Nobody at Toyota can give me a convincing technical reason why I cannot down spec. it. Are they going to warn potential customers of the top spec Auris that they are not allowed to change the wheels and they are going to get 6 mpg less for the privilege of sponsoring a tyre company? This may be just an idiotic marketing blip but it too late once you get it home and find I cannot insure it. I already have a good set of 15″ wheels and tyres.

    1. Ian,
      It is possible to get smaller wheels but on different grades, such as 15″ on Icon grade, but the 17″ comes standard with Excel. The only other option is for you to order smaller accessory alloys and the tyres to go alongside and get it fitted at your Toyota Dealer. We would highly recommend this a they’ll ensure the fitting is done correctly. Please liaise with your Dealer as to the cost associated with this.
      Please do let us know if we can help otherwise your Dealer will be able to assist.
      Many thanks.

  25. The new Auris Hybrid Excel Touring is not listed this list is dated before its launch. The Excel is only available on 17″ LP tyres. My Prius winter tyres are on 15″ rims I did not think anybody made
    LP winter tyres and it is not normal in Northern Europe to put winter tyres on ally wheels. If
    the car is not homologated for any other wheels and tyres I would not be able to insure it . What technically fits and works is not the issue. I don’t want LP tyres full stop. Toyota will not allow me to buy the new Excel with anything else so if I modify it by fitting other wheels I am stuffed. The April brochure gave 16″ wheels as an option, the June one only lists 17″ for the Hybrid Excel. 15″ & 16 “are available other trim specs so it is not a technical issue just a marketing one.
    Regards
    Ian Clark

    1. Hi Ian,
      The summer tyre for the Auris Hybrid Touring Sports is 225/45 R17 91W, usually a Continental or Dunlop tyre.
      The winter tyre that we will be making available through our Centres is, as we currently understand however may be subject to change, a Yokohama 225/45 R17 94V. This winter weather tyre is due to be available in a month and will be available through your Toyota Dealer.
      Do hope this helps.

  26. After a long conversation with Toyota I still have not had a logical technical explanation as to why the Excel Hybrid can not have 16″ wheels. What happens when I want to fit winter tyres? Even if I could fit them I expect the insurance company would see it as a non- standard mod. Currently it is no sale for Toyota.

    1. Hi Ian,
      The list of available winter tyres can be found at the following link: http://www.toyota-tech.eu/tyreinformation.aspx
      Select “Winter Tyres” and then your size will be either line 53 or 54 (you’ll have to check this). If you then scroll to the right you will see the approved Toyota winter tyre options for your Auris.
      If you do decide to change the wheel size on your car you would have to inform your insurance company.
      Our advice is to stick with the 17inch wheels and choose from the list the appropriate winter tyres.
      Do hope this helps, many thanks.

  27. For the past two weeks I have been trying to change from a Prius Gen 3 to an Auris Hybrid Touring Sport. I have driven both an XL and an Icon (petrol). The only reason I have not placed an order is the choice of wheels/tyres and the lack of spare. Nobody can tell me if the space saver off my Prius will fit and I will not buy any car with low profile tyres (I had a Lexus on LP tyres and they were awful). The trim level on my last two Prius was dictated by the tyres and the options but I could not get folding wing mirrors on either.
    My only criticism of the Auris XL is the lack of HUD and the speedo was hidden by the steering wheel so it was hard to tell if I was on the limits. It felt more solid than the Merc C class and inside was a match for my old Lexus, but what idiot wants 17″ LP tyres on an estate car. They ruin the ride, are very expensive to replace, prone to damage both the wheels and the suspension, and are noisy. The reflections from the ICON dash were even worse than the Prius so I wont be going there.

  28. Auris estate. Supposed to be delivered early September but was ordered beginning of July. It would seem that the North East does not have as high a delivery priority as the South of the country.

    1. horse crap – high priority in south of the country !!! I ordered early July, and will not get my Excel Estate 1.8 until beginning of October (i almost pulled out due to length of wait !!). You cannot too much more South than where i am as well !!

      1. Adrian,
        Supply varies from Dealer to Dealer. We’re sorry that you’ve got a few weeks to wait however we’re certain it’ll be worth it!
        Please do let us know if we’re able to help with anything otherwise your Dealer will happily assist you with any questions you may have around your order.
        We’re delighted to hear that you’ve a new Toyota on the way and we’d like to thank you for your patience.
        Kind regards.

    2. Hello,
      Great to hear that it’s on order. With regards to keeping up to date, may we suggest you liaise with your Dealer as they’ll have all of the latest information around your order.
      Do let us know if we can help with anything and thanks for your comments.

  29. Odd that I have one on order for delivery next month and the dealer has assured me that the space saver spare wheel that I specified as an extra on ordering the car is already at the dealership waiting to be installed by them when the car is delivered.

  30. Good morning Having just Purchased Auris Hybrid 1.8 Synergy Drive Touring Sport Exel estate
    Beautiful Vehicle my only Bitch would be lack of Space Saver Wheel .As there does seem enough space under the Boot floor to fit. Rather then the Compressor and repair Gung that so often seems to be the Norm .Had the same with my RAV

  31. hi,

    i have taken a test drive in the hydrid hatchback, with a view to ordering the touring sports (they have not been alocated on yet, for me to see). I noticed when googling some pictures of the sport, that sport “black” pops up in many places – i did not see this in the brochure – is this something that is available to us public ? I pre ordered a colour black excel one, with some extra’s, but the pictures i have seen, show red wheel trims, and other bits and bobs – could you pass any info my way or know anything ? many thanks

    1. Hi Adrian,
      Thank you for taking the time to contact us.
      It’s great to hear you’ve pre-ordered the Auris Touring Sports. The ‘black edition’ is a concept vehicle and as of yet there are no plans to make this a production car. Sorry! Your Dealer will be able to help with regards to discussing any options you’d like on your new car but please do ask if you’ve any questions. Many thanks and thank you for your loyalty to Toyota.

  32. I have just been checking the Toyota web site. On the build your Auris section for some reason it does not allow the hybrid choice to be selected for the Tourer range. Presumably the tourer is available as a hybrid.

    1. Hi,
      Thank you for taking the time to contact us.
      We have passed your feedback on to the Marketing department regarding the Toyota website functionality for the Auris Touring Sports Hybrid. We can confirm that the Auris Touring Sports is available as a 1.8 Hybrid Synergy Drive on Icon and Excel grades.
      Many thanks.

  33. Hi,

    I am looking at having a Auris TS Excel with Leather, Pearl Paint, Nav and Skyview options.
    I was wondering if you could answer a few questions I have.

    1. On the Auris brochure it states the leather option for the Hybrid Excel model is Ice Grey Tamura leather. From the pictures that I have seen online it seems to be white, whereas in the brochure it looks grey. Could you send me accurate pictures of these seats please?

    2. Could you also send me pictures of the Skyview roof, from the inside if possible as I cannot find any on your website and not one of my local dealers has an Auris with Skyview in stock.

    3. In the official Auris trailer the car is seen in White, could you tell me, is this the pearl white or the pure white?

    Thanks for you help!

    1. Hi Rhys,

      Not all the answers to your questions are immediatley to hand but as soon as we get the information and / or pictures you need we’ll pass this on. We can however confirm the colour of the car in the new advertisement is Pearl White

      In the meantime, we have a shot of the skyview roof taken from the inside as requested: http://media.toyota.co.uk/image_library/auris-touring-sports-interior-2013-current/

      Thanks for you post and we’ll be back in touch. Have a good weekend.

  34. Could you please send me a pic of the leather options on the top spec version?

    Is it only available in black or do you do other options as well?

  35. Hi couple of things

    1. I have an avensis tourer at the moment, with dog guard, and looking at the new auris tourer it would seem that the anchor points are in the same place, would I be able to transfer my current one to the auris?, i.e is it physically the same standardised item, please advise ASAP

    2 I too would like to see some photos of the tamura leather option

    can you help please

    1. Hi Jayt,
      In answer to your questions (apologies for delay):
      1. To confirm, your dog guard can’t be transferred from your Avensis to the Auris Touring Sports.
      2. I understand Kerry has sent you the images we’ve got of the Tamura leather, hope this has helped.
      With regards to current offers, may we refer you to your nearest Dealer who’ll be able to advise, please find your here: http://ow.ly/mGDL8.
      Many thanks, have a good weekend.

  36. Looks like I will be getting a test drive tomorrow (Saturday 29/6) as one of the local dealers has taken delivery of a demonstrator today. Trouble is the salesman was not sure what model it was as it was still in the workshop being cleaned and prepped.

  37. Good Morning

    I am considering the sports tourer as an option to replace my current company car. Unfortunately the options offered do not include the excel or sport model. The current detail for the auris hatch indicates cruise control is only available on the Excel. Is this the case for the tourer? Will there be an option to on the Icon? and if no why not?
    Thanks

    1. Hi Stuart,
      Thank you for taking the time to contact us.
      The new Auris Touring Sports will be available in four models, Active, Icon, Sport and Excel. Cruise Control is a feature on the Excel grade (petrol and hybrid only). Unfortunately there will not be an option to add cruise control to another grade.
      When developing the Auris Touring Sports model line-up, Toyota’s Product Marketing team devised the options and specifications to be made available. With the Icon, for example, other specifications were chosen, such as Intelligent Parking Assist being made available as an option.
      Many thanks.

  38. No spare wheel. A big mistake. Would stop me buying the car. Repair kits are impractical and useless for today’s traveller. You need to be able to change a wheel for peace of mind…

    1. Hi Jayt,
      Thank you for getting in touch with us.
      The Auris Touring Sports accessory list will feature a half height dog guard option, starting from the rear seats and continuing to the roof.
      You also have the option of a half divider, so if you have more than one dog, or want to separate the boot area you can do this.
      Hope this helps.

  39. Will the space saver spare wheel from the Prius not fit the Auris? If so it could then be stored in the well where the puncture repair kit is currently stored. Until Toyota said that a spare wheel would be offered as an extra I had intended to check this out. I very much prefer the peace of mind that a spare wheel gives over a puncture repair kit and will quite happily sacrifice the tiny amount of fuel saving for that peace of mind.

    1. Hi Alan,
      Thank you for taking the time to contact us.
      We don’t advise transferring the space saver from a Prius to an Auris. This is due to the Auris not being designed to fit a Prius space saver.
      A space saver wheel will be available as an accessory option soon.
      Many thanks and kind regards.

  40. Like some of the people below, I would be interested in seeing some photos of the tourer with Tamura leather, and with and without the Skyview. Many thanks.

    1. Hi Simon,
      Thanks for the note. Just to give you a heads up, we have sent you an email with the images.
      Many thanks.

  41. Good idea AndyM, but where do you put a full sized wheel in a car not designed for one. How do you secure it so that it does not take your head of in a smash. This is an estate. remember.

  42. Are there any pictures available of the interior of either the tourer or the hatchback in Tamura leather?

    I am looking to buy a new Tourer and would prefer the lighter colour of the Tamura for the interior but I cannot find any pictures of it fitted to a car apart from the couple of shots taken of the rear of the Tourer in the pre brochure that was sent out.

      1. Oliver,

        Would you be able to send the pictures of the Tamura leather to myself? Also any pictures of the interior of a touring sports with a Skyview roof would also be appreciated. I have just today placed an order for the Auris Hybrid Touring Sports (Excel) with both Tamura Leather and Skyview roof as a replacement company car. I am hoping that my fleet company are pre-ordering so I can take delivery in early July!

  43. Am I missing something here? Can’t you just order an extra alloy or steel wheel as already fitted and put in in the boot space? I have 2 vehicles and for both I have purchased a fifth alloy wheel. If I get a puncture I get the AA out to change it and have the punctured tyre sorted at the dealer. No need to change it back as they all match. Really can’t see the issue here. If you are buying a new car, allow for a extra wheel to be included in the sums. I wouldn’t switch from Toyota just for the sake of a wheel; sorry but I wouldn’t even drive a Skoda as a coutesy car.

  44. Amy,

    Your response to my post a while ago now seems very hollow indeed. My current (handed down) company car Prius had a puncture this evening. One solitary single screw in the tyre main tread, found outside Sainsbury’s after returning after shopping.
    I tried the ‘credible alternative’ tyre repair Kit/pump. It failed to re-inflate the tyre, wouldn’t get above 20psi, then deflated after it was switched off.
    I had to call the lease company, who sent the RAC, who put in a bung and followed me to Kwik Fit to replace the tyre.
    So please, explain how a ‘TRK’ is credible when A) it cannot re-inflate a tyre with one screw in it. Then, B) After using it, the tyre must be replaced as the foam was used (they won’t repair it – even if it was repairable), and I am quoted eighty pounds for a replacement Tyre Repair Kit. So at least 180 pounds to replace tyre and kit, for a puncture that was otherwise repairable for the usual twenty pounds or so.
    And I the meantime, forty pounds of frozen shopping defrosted in the boot and had to be thrown away.
    Toyota, get real.

  45. Hi. Really like the look of the Auris Tourer! My current Toyota company car is due for renewal early next year and this looks like it might work for me. Only issue I have is the lack of a decent sized diesel engine – I need to tow a trailer and I don’t think that the Hybrid or 1.4 D4-D would cope. Will a larger diesel be available by the time I come to order mine?

    1. Hi Ben,

      Thank you for getting in touch with us.

      The 1.6 petrol Auris has the largest towing capacity of 1,300kg. The diesel Auris has a towing capacity of 1,000kg. We’d recommend, for towing, that the petrol model would suit you best.

      Unfortunately there wont be any larger diesel engines developed.
      We do hope this helps and please do ask if you’ve got any further questions.
      Kind regards.

  46. I am considering upgrading from a 61 auris hybrid to give more room for dogs!I have a 17″space saver in the current car-could I transfer this to the touring?

    1. Hi Tom,
      We understand that the space saver in your current Auris Hybrid won’t have been developed for the Auris Touring Sports, therefore we wouldn’t recommend using it.
      However, there will be an accessory space saver available to buy if you’d rather have that than the tyre repair kit.
      This is being developed at the moment and should be available shortly, do keep in touch with your nearest Dealer for further details.
      Hope this helps.

  47. Hi

    Can you confirm yet whether the Auris Sports Tourer will be available at dealers on 1st July or earlier? If I was to order the Auris in early July what would the expected waiting / delivery time be? And if I pre-ordered in June instead would the car be ready for pick up in early July?

    Thanks

    1. Hello George,
      Many thanks for your questions.
      We are expecting demo models of the Auris Touring Sports to be available in Dealers later this month. Sorry that we don’t have a specific date. With regards to lead times, may we recommend you speak directly with your nearest Toyota Dealer. They’ll have up to date information about the local delivery times and will be able to assist you further. Please find your here: http://ow.ly/lIS43.
      Hope this helps.

  48. Good Morning,

    Can you offer any information on the available interior colour choices for the Auris Touring Sports Excel Hybrid? Will the leather option be restriced to “Ice Grey” Tamura Leather as per the hatchback? Why is there a restriction on the “Black” Katuri Leather option? Is this something Toyota will change in the future, I certainly would be much happier ordering a new Auris Touring Sports Excel Hybrid if the “Black” Katuri Leather was an option.

    Thanks

    1. Hello Matthew,
      Many thanks for your questions.
      The interior trims are exactly the same as hatchback, so currently the “Ice Grey” leather is the only option on the Auris Touring Sports Hybrid Excel model. However, we are currently developing an equivalent product to the Katuri leather for Excel hybrid, which we hope will be available later in the year. Unfortunately the black leather isn’t available to us as an option from factory on Excel hybrid. Sorry we don’t have exact dates yet.
      We do hope this helps.

  49. Was interested in buying Excel 1.8 Hybrid Synergy Drive until noted no spare wheel. Very short sited of Toyota. Will now look elsewhere where spare wheel is available

    1. Hello Clive,
      May we recommend you speak with either your Dealer or Customer Relations who’ll assist you further on sourcing an alternative to a TRK. Please find the contact details for Customer Relations here: http://ow.ly/lGYFV.
      Many thanks.

  50. Hi, Great article, I am interested in ordering the sports tourer, can you let me know if there are any alloy wheel options availlable on the hybrid model? Will any 17 inch options affect the BIK tax rate of 10%

    I would like to be able to get some similar to the Sports tourer “Black” that i have seen displayed.

    Many thanks

    1. Hi Matt,
      We’re pleased you enjoyed this post!
      The alloy wheel options available for the new Auris Touring Sports are the same as those offered on the Auris. The optional alloy wheel chosen must be the same size as the original wheel. For the Hybrid model, this means that the Icon grade must have the 16″ wheel and the Excel grade the 17″ wheel. The 17″ wheel does not impact the BIK tax rate because the optional wheels are of the same size.
      As you may be aware, the Auris Touring Sports Black was a concept car so these specific accessories are not in production. Alloy options you may like closest to this design include the Podium II or Orion wheel for the Icon grade, both of which are available in anthracite with a machined finish and for the Excel grade, the Pitlane II alloys in anthracite with the machined finish.
      You can find more details here: http://ow.ly/lhx4S.
      If there’s anything further we can help with please let us know.
      Many thanks.

  51. hello there – can you please advise the boot capacity with the rear seat in place – I am assuming the 1,658 litres maximum capacity is the figure quoted with rear seats folded down? Thanks

    1. Hi Colin,
      Thanks for your question.
      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.
      We hope this helps.

  52. I would be very interested in the top of the range Hybrid. BUT only if it had a spare wheel or space saver. Run flat and Repair kits are just not any use when you are in the very remote areas that I have to travel in.

  53. What are the Kerb the kerb weights of the new Auris Touring Sports range? Are the wights the same across the range or do they vary with model variants.CO2

    1. Good morning,
      The kerb weights for the new Auris Touring Sports vary across the range. If you could possibly let us know which models you are interested in, we’ll be happy to provide them to you. Alternatively, if you’d prefer, we can email you the kerb weights for the range, if you could please provide your email address through toyota.contact@tgb.toyota.co.uk.
      Thanks for your question.

  54. I was seriously considering buying an Auris but there are two major drawbacks for me. No spare wheel – fancy losing sales because of a ‘saving’ of £100 or so on the part of Toyota. It is clear from feedback already that this is a major issue for other potential/lost customers. Also there is no cruise control option on the diesel. Don’t the people at Toyota do any market research? The Touring Sport looks fantastic but sorry Toyota I’ll be looking elsewhere. Incidentally, a BMW 1 Series is also off my list because of the lack of a spare wheel.

    1. Hi Mike,
      Thank you for your feedback regarding the tyre repair kit (TRK) and cruise control on the Auris Touring Sports. We really appreciate customers taking the time to share their opinions and experiences. Most manufacturers have introduced TRK to some or even all of their range of cars but that’s not to say we shouldn’t listen and act upon customer feedback. As a result, our Product Development team are well aware of some opinions regarding TRK and are currently working to provide an alternative. Unfortunately, at this time, we are awaiting details regarding the proposed alternative.
      In the meantime, please click on the link and take a look at our short video on ‘How to use a Tyre Repair Kit’: http://ow.ly/kOQhH. While we don’t expect to change everyone’s minds about TRK, we have found this has helped explain why TRK is a credible solution and hopefully answers other questions you may have about puncture repairs.
      We have also raised your feedback with regards to cruise control not being offered on the diesel model for the Auris Touring Sports and are looking into the reasons behind this for you.
      We hope this helps and thank you once again for your post.

      1. Perhaps this will help answer some questions… I’ve inquired about cruise control on 1.4 diesel engine (1ND-TV) with the local dealer and the reply I got was that it’s a software issue with the ECU of such nature that a firmware update isn’t feasible. In other words, in my opinion, the engine was designed at a time (released in 2001) when nobody cared about cruise control on small(er), low powered cars and nobody ever bothered to significantly update the software. Coincidentally, CC isn’t offered on any of the 1ND-TV powered cars. This is more than likely just a coding issue and I’d be surprised if it required any, certainly not major, physical changes to the engine. But it would require software development that goes beyond changing one line of code to turn on a feature.

        To speculate further, based on news reports I’m guessing Toyota is phasing out their diesel engines in favor of the new engines (1.6 & 2.0) developed by BMW which should start appearing sometime next year. So don’t spend too much time waiting for the software update, it’s not coming.

        In the mean time, if you can’t wait for the updated Auris, some countries also offer the 1AD-FTV 2.0D engine which includes cruise control.

  55. I was about to place an order as a replacement company car, then read the no spare wheel problem, and the not very helpful response of ‘talk to the dealer’. I drive 30,000 miles a year, often late at night. I have no interest in silly tyre repair kits, as already stated by another poster, at motorway speed a deflated tyre is a rag by the time you slow down. No spare wheel. No sale. Will get Skoda Octavia or Seat Exeo instead – both can be ordered with a full size spare wheel.

    1. Hi Paul,
      Thank you for taking the time to write to us with your feedback regarding the tyre repair kit (TRK). We really appreciate customers taking the time to share their opinions and experiences. Most manufacturers have introduced TRK to some or even all of their range of cars but that’s not to say we shouldn’t listen and act upon customer feedback. As a result, our Product Development team are well aware of some opinions regarding TRK and are currently working to provide an alternative. Unfortunately, at this time, we are awaiting details regarding the proposed alternative.
      In the meantime, please click on the link and take a look at our short video on ‘How to use a Tyre Repair Kit’: http://ow.ly/kOQhH. While we don’t expect to change everyone’s minds about TRK, we have found this has helped explain why TRK is a credible solution and hopefully answers other questions you may have about puncture repairs.
      We hope this helps and thank you once again for your post.

  56. I have noticed that Pete has ordered the new Auris Touring Sport. Please can you confirm when it is available within the UK to order?

    1. Hi Stephen,
      Thank you for your question.
      The new Auris Touring Sports is on sale from the 1st July this year, however pre-orders are available now through your local dealer. You can find their details here: http://ow.ly/jQRAE.
      If there’s anything we can help with, please let us know.
      Have a good week.

  57. I was getting quite interested in this new car, as a replacement for my ultra-reliable 2003 RAV4, but very disappointed to read above comments and official replies regarding the no-spare-wheel dilemma. It’s now clear that there’s no way Toyota intends to offer a spare wheel. Sorry Toyota, but I now have no intention of buying this car and will look elsewhere!

    1. Hi Alan,
      As you will have seen from the comments, there are alternative options available from that of the tyre repair kit. You simply have to either contact your Dealer or our Customer Relations team who are briefed to help customers with regard to the New RAV4. If you’d like to discuss spare options further, please follow the link: http://ow.ly/jEUn0.
      Many thanks.

  58. I have ordered a new Toyota Auris Touring Sports Hybrid and planning to acquire some accessory alloy rims to that, for summer tires. What are the specs, which I need to know when ordering those?

    1. Hi Pette,
      We’re so pleased to hear of your order for the new Auris Touring Sports.
      The alloy wheel specifications are the same as those offered for the new Auris hatchback. Depending on the grade ordered, the wheels are either 15″ with the Icon grade or 17″ with the Excel grade.
      For the Icon grade, we have a range of 16″ wheels, which can replace the originally equipped 15″ wheels with no implications on CO2 emissions or fuel economy. The Excel grade has two 17″ wheel options, both available in either anthracite or an anthracite machined finish.
      You can find more information on our Auris Accessories section, under ‘Alloys’: http://ow.ly/iKFpH.
      We hope this helps and we look forward to hearing more about your new Auris Touring Sports once you’ve received your new car!

  59. I am interested in buying two estates but will not unless a spare wheel of some description is available and having had experience of the repair kit would not have one. Try ruining a tyre on the French motorways and try getting a replacement when your French is limited and in the UK at night. Have a puncture at 70mph and by the time you slow down safely the tyre is ruined and no repair kit in the world will be any good. Loose a little boot space and put at least a spacesaver in for our peace of mind.

    1. Hi Roy,
      We will try and help you with regards to sourcing a spare wheel / space saver. Our recommendation would be to speak directly with your Dealer as they’ll be best placed to help. There are potential problems with fitting spares, for example we must comply with regulations to safely secure a spare wheel into the car. Those vehicles that are designed without a designated space can sometimes not fit a spare safely.
      Again, have a conversation with your Dealer, they may well be able to help you out with this. Here’s the link to find your nearest Dealer: http://ow.ly/imWJM.
      Best wishes.

      1. Help the dealers by telling them what will fit the car and the space available as they have not got the cars to try anything in. The manufacturer need to take the lead in this matter and give the customer the alternatives that are available.

          1. I have watched the video and do not doubt the versatility of the boot space but it still does not answer the question of no spare wheel. Why cannoit Toyota offer the option of a spare wheel of some description. These cars are for my daughters who will be driving my grandchildren around and I have no intentions of leaving them high and dry when the breakdown service are powerless to help.

          2. Hi Roy,
            Thank you for your feedback and we appreciate some customers would prefer to have a spare or temporary wheel option.
            We suggest speaking with your local Dealer, who will be able to provide you with spare wheel options, as they will be able to fit these locally.
            If we can help with anything further, please let us know.
            Many thanks.

    2. Totally agree. A few years back I had a series of 4 flats within 8 months and every single time had to replace the tire because it was too damaged to fix it. And I stopped immediately each time. Unless it goes flat at city speeds (happened to my dad 2 months ago, a plug was successfully applied) you might as well just call right away to order a replacement. In marketing speak you hear the new models are 30kg lighter but in reality most of it is just saving weight with repair kits to offset useless gadgets and features. I can easily lift a front seat out of my Carina, good luck doing it yourself in any modern car with all the electric motors, heaters/coolers, airbags etc. Just get someone to help you. Sorry for the rant 🙂

  60. Hi Amy, i`ve been looking at your responses to various questions, and i would like to ask if there is a boot well in auris estate hybrid to accomodate a spare wheel,my present car, lexus ct200h does have a well but no spare is supplied, gunk is, but none of the tyre fitters in n. yorks. will repair them as the goo contaminates there work areas thus creating a health @ safety hazard.
    By the way, i requested a spare wheel for my lexus on purchase 6 months ago, and i`m still waiting. this car is GOING.

    1. Hello Finchley,
      We’d recommend speaking with a Toyota Dealer with regards to potential spare wheel options for the Auris Touring Sports.
      We’re sorry that you’re still waiting to hear about a spare for your Lexus. In this instance, please speak directly with Lexus Customer Relations who’ll happily help and follow up with you, here’s the link: http://ow.ly/ij9Vs.
      Many thanks and kind regards.

    2. Hi all,
      Just had a flat, filled it with gunk to continue journey, via tyre repair shop.
      Guess what, £800. bill.
      Buyer beware no spare will cost more than having a spare.

      1. Hi,
        Thank you for taking the time to contact us.
        This does sound a lot, however before we pass comment we would like to find out a little bit more. If you could send us your contact details, vehicle model/reg and a break down of the cost we would like to get a better understanding of the situation. Please contact us via email to: toyota.contact@tgb.toyota.co.uk.
        Many thanks.

    1. Hi Michael,
      The Auris Touring Sports will come with the Tyre Repair Kit as standard. This is quickly becoming a standard on many models across the market and soon we’ll be releasing a ‘how to’ video showing the benefits of using a TRK. We’ll naturally post this on the blog once we’ve got our hands on it!
      Many thanks.

      1. As with most potential owners of the new RAV4, I never have and never will purchase a car that does not come with a spare / tempory wheel. Sorry Toyota but you have lost me as a customer. Those tire repair kits are terrible, they ruin the tire, and you can’t get a simple puncture repaired as the tyre repair companies wont / can’t repair them, as has happened twice to a friend who had to fork out £170 per tyre each time.

        1. This seems to be the general cencus when it comes to the TRK. The tyre being damaged was the case, however, with recent advances in the compound which is used by Toyota, the “foam” does not damage the tyre and if it is repairable then it will be repaired. I have found this from a recent experience myself. Don’t rule them out yet, as Oliwer said its starting to become a Market standard, meaning not just Toyota are taking this approach.

        2. Hi Michael,
          We are sorry to hear this.
          The Auris Touring Sports features a double floor to increase boot capacity. As a result, the boot is unable to accommodate a full sized spare or temporary wheel and so a Tyre Repair Kit is standard.
          We do hope the materials available next week will help show the benefits of this alternative.
          Thank you for your interest and apologies once again for your disappointment here.

  61. I understand that you’re giving as much information as you can (or have) and all I’m doing is pushing for more 🙂 and hoping you’re pushing someone that can provide the photos. And I do thank you for being pretty much the only source of information on the new tourer so far.

    I am genuinely very interested in buying this car (size/fuel economy/price fit the criteria nicely) however there are certain must haves that I can’t go without when considering a new car as well as certain compromises I might be willing to accept to stay with Toyota (but brand loyalty is a very small factor in my decision).

    As stated in some other comment… I really, really want a hole through the back seats to transport skis (I keep them in the car permanently all winter) and I desperately want cruise control on a diesel engine. Both of these features are likely a deal breaker for me.

    So far it’s not looking that great as I haven’t seen or read any mention of the hole and the 1.4 D4D lacks the cruise control (which for some strange reason only comes at the top spec level anyway). At least we have the option of a 2.0 D4D version over here so there’s still some light at the end of the tunnel.

    Since these things are probably just a matter of a few lines of code I honestly don’t know what Toyota is thinking for not providing cruise control on the 1.4. With mandatory DPF filters you’d be a fool to buy a diesel car for city driving and short journeys while long journeys can be a pain without the CC.

    Thanks again and please change some engineering/sales minds 🙂

    1. Hi Jernej,
      Thank you for your interest in this exciting new model!
      We will be able to reveal pricing and specifications shortly so please do keep a check back here on the Toyota Blog.
      To help with your questions in the meantime:
      – We have passed on your feedback regarding interior imagery, particularly of the boot space. Unfortunately, these are not currently available, but as soon as we are provided with further imagery, we will be sure to provide an update.
      – Unfortunately, there will not be a hole in the back seats. However, there will be roof rails as standard and easy flat 60:40 split/folding rear seats, which will assist with storage.
      – The 1.4 D-4D is a transmission available with the Excel grade. This grade will feature Cruise Control as standard.
      As we suggest, we will update you with further details shortly.
      Many thanks.

      1. Hi Jernej,
        We have unfortunately since found out that Cruise Control is not available on the 1.4 Diesel engine.
        We are sorry for the miscommunication here and we do hope you like the full specification, pricing and interior video now they are available.
        Many thanks.

    2. Hi Jernej,
      You can now find full specification and pricing for the new Auris Touring Sports here: http://ow.ly/hWO2S. This includes a video showing the vehicle interior and boot space.
      We hope this helps.

    1. Hi Jernej,
      Interior photos are expected to be available nearer to the launch of the new Auris Touring Sports in the summer. In the meantime, as this post suggests, the boot dimensions are as follows:
      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.
      We will continue to provide new model updates as they are released, so please do keep a check back here on the Toyota Blog.
      Many thanks.

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