This is quite an easy car to use, practical and versatile.
Ride and Handling
The car’s ride quality is pretty reasonable, quite pliant and cushioning. It is not unduly fazed by most of the normal road undulations, and really makes your aware of the more severe bumps and dips I n surfaces.
Steering is a bit on the light side, and a little lacking in truly informative feedback. The car hangs on to the bends well enough though, but it does not respond in a way that particularly engages you behind the wheel. If you are not an especially committed driver it is fine: civilised and easy company on a long drive. But we would just like a little more stimulation from the driving experience.
Ease of Use
This is quite an easy car to use, practical and versatile. At 4,560 mm long, the Touring Sports is 285 mm longer than the Auris hatchback, and it is quite roomy for its size with decent boot space. This totals 530 litres with all five of the car’s seats in position, and rises to a maximum of 1,658 litres with the rear seats folded down. Unusually, you pay no penalty in luggage room for it being a hybrid, because Toyota’s engineers have cleverly packaged the battery pack and hybrid kit under the boot floor without changing its level. In many hybrids, the boot is partially compromised by the extra space needed to accommodate the second power source and its storage pack. An advantage this car has over a standard Auris is the loading height. The Touring Sports’ boot edge is 285 mm lower, making it easier to lift heavy items into the back.
Some aspects of the cabin design are disappointing. The decor is a bit dreary and rather more old-fashioned than the interior style of rival models. Horizontally-located air vents take up quite a bit of room in the centre of the upper dashboard, with the result that everything else is sited a bit lower than is ideal. This means that you have to look downwards at the satnav screen, with other controls even lower at waist level. It is worth noting that the hybrid is not deemed suitable for towing. Other versions of this Auris estate, though, can tow up to a tonne.