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Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5
Used £995 - £23,995

If there’s one name most widely associated with Toyota it’s the long running Corolla, so it was surprising when the firm dropped the name when it introduced the 2007 replacement; the Toyota Auris.

The first generation model was certainly spacious, with a neatly integrated centre console and high-mounted transmission and plenty of space in the back – the flat floor ensuring there’s ample foot space for three rear passengers. Even the boot’s a reasonable 354 litres, while folding the 60/40 split rear bench flat is a one-touch operation.

Throughout its lifetime the first-generation Auris’ engine line-up consisted of 1.33, 1.4, 1.6 and 1.8-litre petrol models alongside 1.4 and 2-litre diesels. Top of the range was the 2.2-litre diesel with 180bhp, but despite the power figure it could never be considered a bona fide hot-hatch.