Toyota Auris Hybrid MPG & CO2 emissions

The Toyota Auris Hybrid's fuel efficiency impresses by family hatchback standards, but can't match a plug-in

The Toyota Auris hybrid can't match the fuel-economy claims of its Toyota Prius plug-in sister, but certainly beats its petrol-powered stablemates. Toyota claims it can return up to 72.4mpg, compared to 58.8mpg for the regular 1.2-litre petrol automatic. With a smaller appetite for fuel, CO2 emissions for the hybrid see a commensurate drop to 89g/km, compared to 110g/km for the petrol car.

The closest non-Toyota rival to the Auris Hybrid is the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid, which follows a very similar concept to the Toyota Prius. As such, it was developed with fuel efficiency in mind from the outset, whereas the Auris was designed first and foremost as a practical family car. It's therefore fair to overlook the greater fuel-economy figure of the Hyundai, whose 83mpg rather eclipses the Auris.

Toyota Auris hybrid range

Toyota doesn't quote an official battery range for the Auris hybrid, but the system really isn't intended to allow motorists to make zero-emissions journeys. Instead, the goal is to reduce reliance on the petrol engine, to keep you moving at times when running the engine would be wasteful.

This includes when stuck in stop-start urban traffic or maneuvering in a car park, where average speeds are very low and the petrol engine might only need to operate for a few seconds at a time.

Charge time

The Auris hybrid is of the 'self-charging' type, and the battery is replenished using electricity developed by the petrol engine. There's no facility for home-charging or topping the battery up from an external power point, but there is a clever regenerative braking system on hand.

This generates electricity by harnessing energy that would otherwise be wasted during deceleration. The energy recovered is used to top the battery up, although it only makes up a small part of the total electricity flow that's sent to the battery.

Battery warranty

Toyota provides a five-year/100,000-mile for the battery and hybrid system. There's also a rolling 12-month/10,000-mile 'extended' battery warranty that renews every time your car is given a 'hybrid health check' – this forms part of every scheduled service visit to an official Toyota workshop. While there's no upper mileage limit to the hybrid battery extended warranty, age is limited to 11 years.