We’ve covered the initial unveiling of the Toyota Auris Touring Sports at last year’s Paris Motor Show, and here comes the full juicy details of Europe’s latest family estate contender. It looks particularly good for a station wagon and there’s a lot of function with all that style too, offering a class-leading luggage capacity.
Built at the Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK (TMUK) in Burnaston, Derbyshire (alongside the Euro-specific Auris hatchback and Avensis models), the new Auris Touring Sports is also the first full hybrid vehicle of its type. It’s mighty efficient and clean (86 g/km) too, all but matching the best diesels estates around.
The class-leading 1,658 litres of load space is achieved across the whole Auris Touring Sports as the hybrid system, battery and the lot, is packaged cleverly underneath the rear seats as to not compromise size and capacity. The rear floor is set 100 mm lower than in the hatchback.
It measures 285 mm longer than the standard hatch despite sitting on the same 2,600 mm wheelbase; the entire addition dedicated to the extended luggage space. There’s also an Easy-Flat one-touch rear seat folding system, double-level loadspace floor and new two-way tonneau cover for excellent versatility.
In the UK, you’ll get a choice of three petrol engines and one oil-burner. Diesel haters get to make do with either a 1.33litre Dual VVT-i engine or a 1.6 litre Valvematic petrol, with the Prius-sourced 1.8-litre VVT-i motor paired with Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive sitting at the top of the range. A 1.4 litre D-4D engine is the sole diesel option.
No it’s not going to reach the Malaysian market, as the entire Auris line-up is designed from the ground up for Europe. Like its British-built sibling, the Avensis, it’s unlikely to see the light of day outside its home continent.