First drive Toyota Auris Touring Sports

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First drive: Toyota Touring Sports

• Estate of Auris hatchback

• Offers one of the load areas in its class

• provides low, 85-92g/km CO2


Four-wheel drives, cross-overs and carriers have chipped at the demand for small family cars over the years, but are still plenty of buyers who their straightforward practicality and Which is why Ford, Vauxhall, VW, and many other marques estate versions of the Focus. Golf and 308. and why Toyota is wagon variation on its British-built hatchback for the first time. Not its makers label it so basically, Auris a Touring Sports than a simple estate.

plays as similar name with the Astra, but estates are these cars are, rear ends reconfigured to furniture, photocopiers, product and baggage.

TOYOTA Auris Touring Sports Hybrid

And to good effect in the Auris’s the 1638 litres of load revealed when you fell the bettered only by the Skoda The Toyota’s seats are easy to and fold completely flat, and no loss of luggage space your order the hybrid whose battery pack under the rear seat. storage, a parcel shelf flips upwards for access and in the walls of the boot all add to the Auris’s It’s most unusual however, is the hybrid drivetrain makes it unique in this of estate, the 1.8-litre petrol by an electric motor whose is provided by a battery charged you decelerate and brake.

It’s a combination that the Sports Touring to achieve an 76.3 combined (70.6mpg bigger 17in wheels) and CO2 of just 85g/km (92g/km the bigger wheels) although we from our experience of Prius though potentially impressive, real world economy fall some distance of 70mpg.

Like the Prius, the petrol engine makes heard when you’re the car’s transmission prompting the to work quite hard and at revs to produce a sound quite intrusive and not especially That sound will more prominent when you the car up, the engine working more to compensate. And it’s for this that the hybrid Sports is not the best version.

The 1.6-litre petrol is quieter, and its long-legged, economy-biased gearbox its performance somewhat, this is a calmer engine to drive There’s also a 1.3-litre that’s likely to struggle at and a 1.4-litre diesel which has the pulling power in the range and for will make the best for this estate.

As you’d the cockpit of the Sports Tourer is to the Auris hatchback’s the strangely fussy and cliff-like dashboard less appealing than the that you’ll find in a a Focus or a Kia. The Auris’s décor is a little dated although for the most part its are clear and easy to use. The satellite navigation can be fiddly,

The Toyota is easy to handle and tidily too, but the hybrid feels slightly less through corners, its steering and a little vague. However, it very well better the Auris hatchback does.

So is a car of mixed appeals. Tidily exterior styling, a sizeable bay, good ride and the promise of low running costs are them, and it will likely very dependable too. none of its engines is particularly the insistent blare of the hybrid it harder to recommend unless low are your overriding priority, and if you your estate to be an entertaining you should look elsewhere. may find the blocky dashboard and a ordinary interior finish too, despite this undoubted practicality.

The Auris Touring Sports a look, especially if space and are important, but there are more estate cars than

By Richard Bremner

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