- Lots of space and practical touches
- Low running costs
- Good level of standard equipment
- Hybrid powertrain can be noisy
- Interior quite dull
The Toyota Auris Touring Sports is an estate version of the Auris hatchback, and is the first small hybrid estate car to hit the UK market.
Toyota has been busy launching three new models over the past 12 months - the Auris Hatchback, the Verso and the RAV4 – and its latest newcomer, the Auris Touring Sports, will be an important milestone toward helping the Japanese manufacturer reach its goal of selling 100,000 cars in the UK in 2013.
Built exclusively in Britain, it’ll be available in four trims with four different engines to choose from.
Familiar Auris styling
If you were to look at the Touring Sports from the front, you could easily mistake it for the hatchback version - Toyota has only made subtle tweaks to the design and it sports the ‘family face’ seen on other Toyota models. The roofline has been extended, aluminum roof rails added and at the rear of the car there is a different bumper, rear screen and tailgate design.
Impressive versatility and space are the stand-out features with the Auris Touring Sports, particularly luggage room which comes with an array of additional storage options and easy to fold rear seats.
The engine line up is identical to the hatchback launched in November last year; a 1.3-litre VVT-i petrol engine, a 1.6-litre Valvematic petrol engine and a 1.4-litre D-4D diesel, along with a petrol/electric hybrid known as Hybrid Synergy Drive – or HSD - which completes the range.
As a first foray into hybrid estate cars, the HSD has some impressive credentials. It emits just 85g/km CO2 meaning it’ll be seriously cheap to tax for both private and company car drivers. It’ll return a claimed average fuel economy of 76.3 mpg and it isn’t all that expensive to buy either.
Peak power is 134bhp when the 1.8-litre petrol engine and electric motors work together. The car is capable of travelling at lower speeds on electric power alone which makes for an incredibly quiet ride, yet when you work it a bit harder the drivetrain does become a little noisy.
Find out more about this new estate model by reading our full Toyota Auris Touring Sports review.