What’s changed for the 2015 Toyota Auris?

We took the wraps off of the extensively revised Toyota Auris at the Geneva Motor Show last week. On sale in the UK later this year, the model benefits from a new engine line-up, a fresh look and a much improved interior.

In this simple, matter-of-fact post, we compare visual differences between outgoing and new.

Up front

The front grille incorporates a floating badge and there are new, more rounded headlights. The bumper has been reshaped and the lower air intake is now longer and wider.

2015 Toyota Auris front end

Auris 15 front end

Current Auris front end

Auris 64 front end

In profile

A shark fin aerial antenna debuts and new two-tone alloy wheels are offered. New colours will also feature, including the sky blue hue applied to the Auris pictured below.

2015 Auris profile

Auris 15 profile

Current Auris profile

Auris 64 profile

At the rear

Two-tone taillights appear alongside a reshaped bumper and a new hybrid badge appears too.

2015 Auris rear

Auris rear end 15

Current Auris rear

Auris 64 rear end


The multimedia controls are touch-sensitive and are set in a piano black surround.

The lowest edge of the dashboard is finished with a leather look trim and the rotary dials for the climate control have been replaced with more tactile buttons.

2015 Auris interior

Auris Hybrid interior 2015

Auris Hybrid dashboard 2015

Current Auris interior

Auris Hybrid interior 2014

Auris Hybrid 2014 Touch 2

In addition, new cowled dials feature alongside a full colour 4.2-inch information screen.

2015 Auris instrumentation

Auris Hybrid 2015 dials

Current Auris instrumentation

Auris Hybrid 2014 dials

Also good to know

In addition to the visual tweaks that have been applied to the 2015 Auris, the engine line-up has been revised.

A new 114bhp 1.2-litre direct injection turbo petrol engine replaces the outgoing 99bhp 1.33-litre naturally aspirated unit and a BMW-sourced 112bhp 1.6-litre diesel powertrain – first seen in the Verso MPV – appears alongside the existing 90bhp 1.4-litre D-4D engine, which has been overhauled to meet Euro 6 emissions regulations.

Finally, the hybrid powertrain has been tweaked to deliver lower CO2 emissions and better fuel economy.

Prices and specifications for the new Auris will be announced in due course.

Comments (56)

  1. Hi, I have a “Business” trim and have recently seen an “Icon” trim for sale which looks exactly the same as mine inside and out, what are the difference between the two levels as the Icon trim is a little cheaper?

    1. Hi Ben,
      Thanks for getting in touch. The internal trims are the same but there are differences in spec, the Business Edition adds on top of an Icon (As standard):
      – Toyota Touch 2 with Go Navigation
      – Cruise Control
      – Heated Seats
      – Power Lumbar Support
      Many thanks.

  2. Hi,
    I have 16 plate new Auris Excel 1.8 Hybrid. One of the reverse (back-up) light bulbs need to be replaced. Yes I can go to Toyota dealer or some other place like Halfords but this is something one should be able to do himself. I downloaded the instruction manual (OM12J21E) and try to follow instructions on page 501 of 640. But I don’t think the bulb base can be turned (clockwise/counter-clockwise). Even the picture in the manual not 100% similar. Can you help.

    1. Hi there,
      Thanks for your post. After speaking with our technical team, they have advised that once you have removed the plastic covering, the bulb should simply twist out and then you must remove the connector. If you are still having trouble a dealer will give the best advice on how to do this! Many thanks.

  3. The traffic receiver doesn’t work on my 16 reg auris sat nav. Software version 4.5.0wl. How can I fix this?

    1. Hi Luke,
      Thank you for your post. We would recommend visiting your local Toyota Dealer who will be able to take a look at your sat nav settings and assist with this issue. Hope this helps a little further. Many thanks.

  4. Is there a pic of the instrument/dials and steering wheel for the auris excel 2015 hybrid as the book I received is unsatisfactory

    1. Hi James,
      Thank you for your post. We are unable to attach pictures to our replies therefore we will send this out to the email you have provided us with. Hope this helps.

  5. Why cant you get the Hybrid Auris Excel model with 16″ wheels. I would think that fuel economy is important to those looking to buy a hybrid vehicle and the stats in your Auris leaflet show a 10% drop in fuel economy for the 17″ wheel versus the 16″ wheel. It seems crazy not to have this option.

    I am assuming it is cheaper to build a 16″ wheel car as the Icon is the lower spec and has 16″ wheels, yet you cant even downgrade an excel to the 16″ if you pay the same price as the 17″.

    You cant even upscale an icon to excel spec as many of the options are for Design or Excel only, eg panoramic roof, and yes the Design only comes with the 17″ wheels.

    1. Hi Robert,
      Thank you for getting in touch today. Unfortunately 16″ wheels cannot be fitted due to technical reasons – the steering rack does not allow for 16″ wheels to be fitted safely. Demand for our Auris Hybrid Excel has been significant, with nearly 35% of Auris customers choosing this grade. We would recommend speaking to your local Toyota dealer who can advise you on alternative models or grades that are suited to your needs. You can find your nearest one here: https://www.toyota.co.uk/world-of-toyota/find-your-dealer.json . We welcome your feedback and have passed this to our product team for consideration in any future product developments. Please let us know if you have any further queries.

      1. Hi, concerning your comment that 16 inch tyres are not available on the Auris Hybrid. I have a 65 plated Touring Sport Excel Hybrid that was delivered with 16 Inch tyres. Are you saying that the dealer provided something that should not be available and is possibly illegal.

        1. Hi Kevin,
          Thank you for both of your posts. We have spoken again with our product team and they have advised the Hybrid Auris Touring Sports does not come with a 16″ wheel. In view of your comments we would reccommend that you stop by you local Toyota Dealer who can look at this further for you and take any neccessary action. Any other questions please let us know.

    1. Hi Julian,
      Thank you for your post. Auris Design and Excel both offer the option of a sky view panoramic roof, however the option of a sunroof is not available. Hope this helps and if you have any other questions please let us know. More information on Toyota Skyview can be found here: https://www.toyota.co.uk/new-cars/auris/index.json. Hope this helps and if you have any other questions please let us know.

  6. I’ve ordered a new auris hybrid excel which I should pick up first week of September, and I’d like to know why safety sense is not standard kit on top of range? Only asking as I have previous model and had to pay extra for sat nav, which eventually became standard later on.

    1. Good morning David. Safety Sense is an optional extra because in order to remain competitive in the hatchback market we decided to leave it to the buyer to specify their car with the technology or without. It may be that you can contact your dealer and talk through the options on your own Auris Excel. The cost of this sort of technology does become less for manufacturers as the technology develops. This is why the first Sat Navs were optional extras on any car to begin with before rolling out as standard across many brands. Hope this helps.

  7. Hi,

    Any ideas on the colours that will be available? I do quite like the blue, but without seeing it I’m unsure.
    Otherwise it will be the Eclipse black. Company have said they will order next month for September delivery to ensure I get the new model. 🙂

    1. Hi Christine, thanks for taking the time to contact us. It’s great to hear you’re interested in the new Auris! We recommend keeping an eye on the Toyota blog as Auris pricing and specification (available colours) will be released over the coming weeks.

      1. Hi Kerry,

        Just looked on the website and it appears you are not doing the sky blue in the UK as per the colour on the Geneva model? There is a Denim blue but this looks darker? Is that correct?


        1. Hi Christine, thanks for the question. The Auris will be available in two shades of blue: Denim Blue and Orion Blue. So no Sky Blue I’m afraid.

  8. I am just about to order a new Icon Plus, looking towards an early September delivery. Will this be the up dated version, or the current one?

    1. Hello Jay
      Thanks for your post.
      If you were to order and Auris today then you would receive the current generation model not the new model. We are looking to open the order books on the new model some time in July. We would recommend that you speak to your dealer about this as they can keep in contact with you and let you know as soon as the new orders can be placed. We would also be expecting deliveries from September. Hope this helps but let us know if you have any other questions.

      1. Hi David,
        My company’s lease company (Venson Automotive) recently informed me that due to the new model being launched, my order of a new vehicle wouldn’t be delivered until September, but it would at least be the new model. Whilst this means waiting longer than I’d hoped, the benefit was to be that it was the new, updated version. However, today I received an email from Venson to inform me that my order has been processed and the estimated delivery date of my 2014 Hybrid TS Icon Plus is September 14th. The colour on the order is as per the old model which I originally specified and the interior fabric listed is Yamato Silver (I was assuming the exterior and interior colours would be different in the new model). All this leads me to suspect that the car the lease company is talking about is the old model.
        Have lease companies been able to place their orders already, or, I am correct to fear that they have ordered the current model? (Although would a car being delivered in September inevitably be the new version?)
        I’m hoping you might be able to shed some light for me!
        Many thanks.

        1. Hello Matt
          Thanks for your reply and good to hear about your new Auris.
          As the order books for the new model do not open until July, any order placed at the moment would be the current generation model. Also, the grade Icon Plus is current generation only. Hope this helps clarify for you but any other questions please let us know.

          1. Thanks David.
            I heard from the lease company today that they have joined a ‘pre-order’ queue with my order, and that I will definitely be receiving the new model when it arrives, hopefully in September. The provisional order placed is for an ‘Icon Plus’ hybrid in Eclipse Black, but it seems they will update it once they know what the new spec is. I’m hoping there might be a white metallic…
            Is there likely to be a launch date announced for July or should I just keep checking back?

          2. Hello Matt
            Thanks for your reply.
            Once the order books open then your lease company will be able to advise you on the comparable specification to Icon Plus (there are likely to be changes so do check this). With regard to colours, the white pearl paint will be available on the new model (as per the current model) and this does have a metallic/pearlescent effect. This is a popular colour on several models and you may be able to see one on a dealer forecourt. With regard to the launch date we are expecting the order books to open within the first two weeks of July but please feel free to keep in touch.

          3. Hi,
            I do not live in the UK, but we are getting the Auris in in the form of the Scion iM in the US. Could someone physically measure the driver and passenger seat cushion height from the ground?

          4. Hi Sean
            Thanks for your post and for your interest in the Auris.
            We would normally be happy to help but due to the variation of car specifications across the world, we would recommend that you speak to Toyota in the US about this. Different seat designs can mean different seat heights. Here is the link for Toyota US http://www.toyota.com/
            Hope this helps.

  9. So regarding the DPF regeneration for the Maltese island since we are a small country and from what I have read that if I drive for at least 10 minutes at around 70km/h does the regeneration process occurs ? Because I am looking forward for the new Auris with a 1.6 diesel since the 1.4 diesel I find it small for such a body. And the brochure will be available on the website in July ?


    1. Hi Marco. Thanks for your post. Yes, that speed and time sounds about right. For more info about the new Auris, please contact Toyota in your region. Thanks.

  10. Please can you post a pic of the instrument panel / dials for the icon mark ( ie. Non hybrid) when available.

    Quieter travel compartment will be a plus.

    I feel my sixth Corolla / Auris coming on soon. Thanks for the heads up.

    1. Hello Bruce
      Thanks for your post and for your loyal support of the Toyota brand.
      We do appreciate your interest in the new Toyota Auris and we hope to have interior pictures very soon for the range. We are looking at order books opening at the beginning of July with deliveries from Sept/Oct. We will be sure to post on our Blog as soon as we receive this information.

  11. The new Auris looks just great and pleased to hear efforts to reduce cabin sound levels have been carried out. I am a comfort guy and notice to get the full comfort options such as rain sensors and chromatic rear view mirror am forced to purchase Excel with existing version which is only offered with awkard size 17 inch tyres.
    If full comfort spec could be offered which the more comfy 16 inch wheels using commonly availabe size well priced tyres this would be a big bonus. Thanks for the blog.

    1. Hello Duncan
      Thanks for your post.
      We did just double check this with the product team and it is not possible to purchase the Excel grade with the 16″ alloy wheels unfortunately. They do take on board your feedback though about owners preferring more comfort for future consideration (at present the market tends to dictate, the higher the vehicle spec, the larger the alloy wheel). We are glad that you are enjoying the Blog though and are sorry that our reply cannot be more positive on this occasion.

      1. Thanks David for quick reply.
        If 16 inch wheels cannot be offered on Excel then an alternative solution would be to consider offering rain sensor and auto rear view mirror on the Icon Plus.
        I would then be a serious potential purchaser of an Icon Plus 2015 Auris.

        1. Hi Duncan
          Thanks for your post and for your interest in the new Toyota Auris.
          We did run this query past the product team, but at the moment specification details are being finalised. We should be able to confirm very soon as we are planning to open the order books on the new model in early July (deliveries from Sept/Oct). We have made them aware of your comments and will be sure to post the full specification details on our Blog as soon as we receive them.

      2. You say that 16 inch tyres are not available on the Auris Hybrid. I have a 65 plated Touring Sport Excel hybrid with 16 Inch tyres. I had asked if this was possible and it was supplied by the dealer without question. Should they have been able to do this and what are the imprecations?

  12. In the new Auris will the speedometer’s full scale be UK mph friendly? One of the criticisms of many euro cars is that the speedometer has km/h numbers, typically from 0 – to anything north of 200. It appears common that for the UK the scale numbers stay the same and the software is changed to read mph. The result being that most of the dial is redundant and the important range from 30-70 mph occupies a very small proportion of the scale and makes accurate reading quite difficult

    1. Hi Richard
      Thanks for your post.
      We do appreciate your feedback and have passed this back to the product team. The speedometer will read in 20 mph increments and while we have close up images of the European model dashboard, we have yet to receive UK models at this stage for us to photograph. We would be happy to send you images showing the speedometer nearer the time or let you know when cars will be at our dealer network if you want to see one for yourself. Please let us know and we would be happy to help.

  13. I like the look of the new Auris. Is there any news on when it will be available in the UK for customers to place orders? I need to get a car this summer and will consider the new Auris if it is available sooner enough!

    1. Hi Graham
      Thanks for your post.
      Great to hear of your interest in the new Auris. The honest answer is that the dates are not yet set in stone but we are working towards the order books being open from June/July with the first deliveries taking place from August/September.
      Hope this is soon enough but let us know if you have any other questions.

      1. I’m about to place an order through my company for a touring sports icon plus. If the order goes in in the next couple of weeks will it be the old model I receive in the summer? If so, do you have any idea how long it would be likely to take from order (no factory extras) to delivery were I to wait until the new release? And do you have definitive dates for release yet? Thanks.

        1. Hello Matt
          Thank you for your post.
          Good to hear about your order of an Auris Touring Sports.
          If the order is placed in the next couple of weeks then you would receive the current model. This is still TBC but we are working towards to order books opening for the new model from the beginning of July, with deliveries commencing from Sept/Oct. Hope this helps but let us know if you have any other questions.

          1. Thanks for the quick response earlier.

            Hmmm. Dilemma! To have the new car for this summer’s trip to France or to wait and get the new model?!
            Is the overall spec the same for the Icon Plus Hybrid in both models, and other than the design differences, are there significant changes in the way the car drives etc. that would make it sensible for me to wait?

            I’ve read somewhere about soundproofing being improved – is that right?

            Is interior comfort etc basically the same?

            Also, there’s the mention of improved hybrid economy – how significant is that improvement in terms of MPG?

            I also read that the steering had been adjusted to give extra weight at speed – is that correct?

            Sorry for all the questions, but I’d thought I was going to be getting the new version, so up until now I’ve been disregarding any negative comments I’ve read online about the old one where they’ve been addressed by the redesign, so now I’m having to give serious thought to whether or not to wait (if I’m even allowed to by our lease company, as my current car is 3 years old).

          2. Hello Matt
            You have got a dilemma there. We would be happy to help but I fear our response would be biased! As always our recommendation in such cases is to drive the car to help make your decision however we appreciate that no demonstrators will be at the showrooms at the moment. We mention this because interior comfort can be a very individual perception.
            The issues you are referring to to were raised in the following Blog article,
            It does mention about the sound proof improvement, steering adjustment and does broadly outline some of the upgrades between the current generation and the new model. We will need to wait regarding confirmation of whether the hybrid fuel economy changes but CO2 emissions have been reduced. It can be prone to change but we are pretty certain we will keep to the timings mentioned in our previous reply. This may be a decision from your lease company and more information regarding vehicle specification will be made nearer to the launch date. If we can help with any other questions please let us know.

    1. Hi Peter
      Thanks for your post.
      Good to hear about your delivery next week. We can confirm that the new shape Auris will not be available until around September this year.
      Hope this helps.

  14. The BMW sourced 1.6 diesel 112 bhp is actually a PSA Peugeot Citroen engine which BMW sourced from them!

    1. Hi Ruhban
      Thanks for your post.
      The 1.6 diesel which we use is built by BMW. While there was some co-development between the two brands in the past to develop the 1598 cc unit this was originally based on the BMW 2.0-litre diesel engine. It was not directly sourced from PSA.
      Hope this helps.

      1. Hi Peter
        Thanks for your post.
        As you may be aware the dimensions of the Auris have not changed in terms of interior space but we will pass your comments back regarding the rear to the product team. Hope you like the new design though.

    1. Hi Mike
      Thanks for your post.
      Quite spooky as we are working on this at the moment! Should be up on our Blog by close of play today all going well.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.