2016 Toyota Auris Review – A Solid Performing Family Car

The 2016 Toyota Auris represents the Corolla for the UK market and is not a rebadge of the car. Much like the Corolla in function, the Auris is a five door hatchback that offers family car first features instead of an engaging drive and is relatively easy to own and maintain. True to Toyota’s quality over the course of generations, the Auris delivers Toyota quality, comfort, and reliability.

2016 Toyota Auris Review - A Solid Performing Family Car

The 2016 Toyota Auris, Despite its Sleek Design, is Not for Drivers Looking for an Exciting Experience

On the outside, the 2016 Toyota Auris might look different compared to other Toyota’s out there as it’s missing the gaping mouth that represents Toyota’s new brand image. The design is a swooping roofline to make the silhouette look like a sporty hatch instead of a boring family car. Toyota kept the exterior design simple with no flashy design cues. Under the hood is a fairly capable 1.2-liter turbo that produces 114hp and is mated to either a manual or CVT option; the latter being noisy at speed as it produces an annoying drone.

On the inside, the interior is decent offering USB ports, heated electric windows, a backup camera, and tons of safety features. The seats are comfortable be it front or back. The rear seats can easily be occupied by taller adults despite the sloping roofline at the rear. As a family car, it is very practical as it offers 360 liters of trunk space.

Driving the 2016 Auris is a relaxed experience, no urge for an engaging drive just a safe and comfortable drive to the grocery, school, office, or on the interstate. The car is designed to be a mile munching cruiser with the greatest engine efficiency set at the highest gear, at this point the car becomes quiet and calm. The suspension is light and comfortable but not ridiculously soft. All the controls are light making for a less engaging but more fatigue-free drive.

Toyota proven reliability is ever present in the 2016 Auris. The top of the line Hybrid model and the fuel efficient 1.2 liter turbo variants offer very high economy. Offering above average luggage space, legroom, headroom and fuel efficiency, and low cost of ownership, the Toyota Auris is a very practical car.

The 2016 Toyota Auris fits the bill as a family workhorse offering practicality, safety, fuel economy, and cheap running cost. Still, the design fits the target market so it might look unexciting because it really is. The car is not designed to be a peppy and sporty car. Interior quality has some spots of bad quality hard plastic but at least the car is decently priced. The CVT while convenient, could get annoying at speed and long drives as it gets noisy.


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