Toyota Auris Touring Sport 1.4 D4D

ats_1Toyota’s Auris Touring Sport  injects a touch of style into the compact estate market and into the Toyota range says Geraldine Herbert

What is it? The latest newcomers to the compact family car sector is an estate version of Toyota’s much-acclaimed Auris hatchback

Who is it aimed at? If you need more practicality than your average family hatchback but you want something that can also be parked in a tight corner when you get home again the Auris Touring Sport may just be what you are searching for.

Styling? The recent Auris was a delicate balance of sleeker styling; not too avant-garde to alienate existing customers but edgy enough to woo new ones.  The result was a new look that carries forward to this Touring Sport.

Under the Bonnet:  Our test car was powered by a 1.4-litre diesel. There is also a hybrid option and two petrol engines,  1.33-litre Dual VVT-i and 1.6-litre Valvematic.

What about Inside? Settle behind the wheel of the Auris and everything is light and roomy and is all well made. The instrument panel is nicely laid out and the driving position is good and it feels really comfortable.  Both driver and front passenger are well looked after with decent head and leg room. In the rear things get a little cosier. The Auris Touring Sports is nearly 30cm longer than the hatchback version and it is the boot that gains all the additional space. Not only it is bigger but it’s also 10cm lower than on the hatch so it makes loading it so much easier plus the lack of lip at the entrance of the boot allows heavy items to simply slide in.  Boot space is a very generous 530 litres with the seats in use and a 1,600 litres with the seats folded so it’s an excellent family holdall five-seater.

The Auris Touring Sports has the same wheelbase as the Auris but is 285mm longer overall

The Auris Touring Sports has the same wheelbase as the Auris but is 285mm longer overall

On the Road? The touring version of the Auris doesn’t feel like an estate car at all and on the road it is as composed and light as the hatchback. The engine more than packs enough power when it counts but is light on fuel.

And Safety? The Auris Touring Sports earned a top five-star rating in the 2013 Euro NCAP independent safety test programme. As standard all models are fitted with ABS, EBD, brake assist, Vehicle Stability Control and an emergency braking signal. In the cabin there are front, side and knee airbags for driver and front passenger, plus full length curtain airbags.

Options?  The range starts from £15,595 for the Active, which is available with either a 1.33 Dual VVT-i petrol engine or a 1.4 D-4D diesel, both with six speed manual transmission. The next up is the Icon, priced from £18,245. The full range of engines is available on the Icon, including the 1.8-litre hybrid system. A 1.6-litre Valvematic petrol is also available, with a choice of six speed manual or Multidrive S continuously variable transmission. Sport models add sporting design cues to the interior and exterior, and are available from £19,345 for the 1.6-litre Valvematic petrol, or £20,345 for the 1.4-litre D-4D diesel. The top of the range Excel models are priced from £20,345 for the 1.6-litre Valvematic petrol, and offers extras such as 17” alloy wheels, Rain sensing wipers and  Intelligent Park Assist.

What about fuel economy?  On a mix of urban and motorway driving the Diesel Auris returns  67.3 mpg, for every greater efficiency opt for the Hybrid and the figure improves to  70.6mpg . CO2 emissions on the diesel are 109 g/km dropping to a mere 92g for the Hybrid.

Okay so the Verdict?  The real strength of this car lies in its spacious, economical and functional approach to family motoring.  Sleeker looking than the Corolla and far more practical than the Auris Hatchback, the Touring Sport deserves a spot on any buying list.

 

Why you’ll buy one? Spacious; Price; Hybrid option

Why you won’t? Unexciting to drive

 

Rivals

Ford Focus Estate – Priced from £17,195
Hyundai i30 Tourer – Priced From £16,600

 

Toyota Auris TS 1.4 D4D 

Engine:1,364cc diesel with 89bhp @ 3,800 rpm and 205Nm/1,800-2,800
Max speed:  109mph
0-60mph:  13.0 seconds
Emissions :  109 g/km
Model price range:   £15,595  – £22,845
No of Doors: 5
Euro NCAP: 
5 stars
Fuel type:  Diesel
Fuel Economy (combined cycle): 67.3mpg
Boot Capacity:  530 litres
Car Seats: 2 Isofix fittings in the rear
Length: 4,5600mm
Width: 1,760mm
Height: 1,475mm
Wheelbase: 2,600mm

MODEL POWERTRAIN OTR PRICE
Active 1.33 Dual VVT-i £15,595
Active 1.4 D-4D £16,945
Icon 1.33 Dual VVT-i £18,245
Icon 1.6 Valvematic £18,595
Icon 1.4 D-4D £19,595
Icon 1.6 Valvematic £19,595
Icon 1.8 Hybrid Synergy Drive £21,095
Sport 1.4 D-4D £20,345
Sport 1.6 Valvematic £19,345
Sport 1.6 Valvematic £20,345
Excel 1.4 D-4D £21,345
Excel 1.6 Valvematic £20,345
Excel 1.6 Valvematic £21,345
Excel 1.8 Hybrid Synergy Drive £22,845

For more information check out  Toyota.co.uk or the Toyota UK  Facebook page.

 

Geraldine Herbert

5th March, 2014

 

 

Author: Geraldine Herbert

Motoring journalist Geraldine Herbert is the founder of wheelsforwomen. A jury member for the International Women’s World Car of the Year, she has been a motoring journalist for over ten years and is the motoring expert for Good Housekeeping Magazine and their “Women at the Wheel” section of goodhousekeeing.co.uk. You can follow Geraldine on Twitter at @GerHerbert1

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