The Toyota Auris Touring Sports is an estate car with a spacious cabin and large luggage area, which means it has the capacity to handle the needs of growing families and business users alike.
The varied range comprises four trim levels and is offered with an unrivaled range of petrol, diesel or full hybrid engine options. Designed to offer fantastic practicality, the Auris Touring Sports is built exclusively in Britain at our Burnaston plant in Derbyshire.
Four engine options are available in the Toyota Auris Touring Sports – two petrol, one diesel and a full hybrid – all of which are designed to balance performance with fuel economy.
As it is longer and has a wider-opening tailgate than the equivalent Auris hatchback, the estate body is reinforced to match the strength of the hatchback model. The car has also been engineered with a low centre of gravity to improve handling and high-speed stability, while specially tuned suspension is used to deliver a comfortable ride. Steering feel is increased with new gear ratios and improved responsiveness.
Passenger space and comfort were priorities in the design of the Toyota Auris Touring Sport’s interior. Trim grades comprise Active, Icon, Icon plus and Excel, and equipment levels are generous irrespective of grade. There is a wide range of adjustment available in the front seats, plus the seat back design offers rear seat passengers extra knee room. Soft-touch and textured materials are used at every point where the human body makes contact with the car, as well as in highly visible areas such as the front pillars. Increased use of soundproofing material isolates engine and road noise for a remarkably quiet cabin.
The passenger area of the Toyota Auris Touring Sports is identical to that of the hatchback version, so the extra 285mm length is dedicated to the extended load space. With the rear seats in place the luggage capacity is 530 litres, accessed through an aperture that is 100mm lower than that of the hatchback. However, by folding down the Easy-Flat one-touch seat backs the capacity increases to a class-leading 1,658 litres with a load space length of 2,047mm. Additional storage compartments are built into either side of the boot area and beneath the boot floor, and because the hybrid battery hides beneath the rear seats there is no difference in luggage capacity between hybrid- and conventionally-powered models.
Both the Toyota Auris and Auris Touring Sports models have achieved the highest five-star ratings in the 2013 Euro NCAP independent safety test programme. All models are fitted with a host of safety features, including those that pulse brake application, increase brake pressure in an emergency, optimise brake force across all four wheels, and improve the car’s overall stability. Inside the cockpit is a full complement of airbags, while the sleek exterior design incorporates energy-absorbing components and is shaped to improve pedestrian impact performance.
With aerodynamic bodywork allied to efficient engines, all Toyota Auris Touring Sports models are designed to minimise running costs. Combined cycle efficiency values range from 45.6mpg to 76.4mpg, and Toyota’s ongoing drive to reduce harmful emissions means that road tax rates range from an affordable £145 each year to completely free. Service intervals stand at 10,000 miles or annually, while the hybrid drivetrain is specifically designed to reduce service, maintenance and repair costs, which can be more than 50% lower than diesel competitors.
The Toyota Auris Touring Sports is built to the highest possible standards at Toyota’s Burnaston plant, alongside the Auris hatchback and Avensis models. So sure is Toyota of the quality and reliability of its vehicles that they all come with a five-year/100,000-mile warranty, while the hybrid components are covered by an eight-year/100,000-mile warranty.
There are 16 different versions within the Toyota Auris Touring Sports range, ranging in price from a promotional £16,045 to £23,990. The entry level 1.33 Dual VVT-i petrol engine is available in Active, Icon and Icon plus grades for between £16,045 and £19,545. The 1.4 D-4D diesel model comes in all four grade structures, ranging in price from £17,395 to £22,595, while the 1.6 Valvematic petrol comes in Icon, Icon plus and Excel grades. Prices for this model go from £19,095 to £21,350, with the optional Multidrive S automatic transmission adding another £1000 to these figures. Finally, the 1.8 Hybrid Synergy Drive powerplant comes in either Icon grade upwards, priced from £21,745.
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*Prices correct as of 13/01/15