Toyota Auris Hybrid running costs

The Toyota Auris Hybrid should prove inexpensive to run from day to day, but might disappoint at resale time

The Toyota Auris Hybrid costs around £1,300 more than the regular 1.2-litre petrol automatic model, so it's vital that the figures stack up before you choose which of the two to buy. What makes it more difficult is that – although the fuel-economy difference between the two versions is plain to see – achieving the Hybrid's lofty 72.4mpg claim will depend very much on the kind of driving you do.

With the electric motor in operation only at very low speeds, if you're a rural driver, you may find the petrol engine taking over as soon as you leave your drive. In fast-moving traffic, that heavy electric motor and its battery pack just add to the weight the Auris has to carry. If you make frequent journeys in busy urban areas, though, the ability to crawl along in zero-emissions electric mde might well save you money.

One group for whom the Auris Hybrid is bound to save money is company-car drivers. Exhaust CO2 emissions of 94g/km place it in the 19% Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) tax bracket, compared to 23% for the 1.2-litre petrol with an automatic gearbox.

Meanwhile, a comparable diesel – the latest Ford Focus 1.5-litre EcoBlue – beats the Auris Hybrid for economy at a claimed 85.6mpg. Its 91g/km official CO2 emissions figure impresses, too, but places the Ford in the 23% BiK category after the 4% penalty for non-compliance with the Realtime Diesel Emissions 2 (RDE2) measurement protocol is taken into account.

It's a shame that, despite its 'alternative-fuel vehicle'' classification, CO2 emissions of 86g/km put the Auris Hybrid above the cutoff for exemption from the London Congestion Charge.

Toyota Auris Hybrid insurance group

The Auris Hybrid offers a potential cost advantage over its purely petrol-powered siblings thanks to its lower insurance group ratings. All trim levels are rated in group 9 or 10, while the 1.2-litre petrol engine occupies groups 12 and 13.

That puts the Auris Hybrid on par with the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid, which is classified in insurance group 10. The Ford Focus 1.5-litre EcoBlue diesel, meanwhile, starts in insurance group 15. It's worth seeking an insurance quote before you make a decision to buy, though, as personal circumstances can sometimes cause car-insurance costs to vary more than group classifications.

Warranty

Toyota's five-year/100,000-mile warranty is one of the most generous on the market, only narrowly beaten by Hyundai's five-year/unlimited mileage policy and Kia's seven-year/100,000-mile cover. The Toyota warranty also includes 12 years' anti-corrosion cover, and three years' paintwork and surface rust cover, both with no upper mileage limit, but solely addressing manufacturing defects.

You can extend the warranty on your Auris Hybrid in 12 or 24-month increments. However, the car must be no more that 10 years old and have no more than 100,000 miles showing when the final year of extended warranty is purchased.

Servicing

The Toyota Auris has 10,000-mile maintenance intervals, and the brand's service charges follow a flat nationwide rate, so there should be no need to shop between branches.

An interim or 'intermediate' service costs £185, a 'full' service is due every 20,000 miles at a cost of £295 and a 'full+' service is required every 60,000 miles, at £395. While each visit covers routine service items, any non-warranty repairs necessary will be chargeable.

Toyota also offers 'essential care' servicing for cars over five years old, with reduced rates to encourage owners to continue using franchised dealers for servicing.

Road tax

The Toyota Auris Hybrid is classified as an 'alternative-fuel', car which makes it liable for a slightly reduced £130 rate of annual road tax, compared to £140 for regular petrol models.

Depreciation

After three years and 36,000 miles, an entry-level Auris Hybrid Icon will be worth 37% of its price when new, while the Design trim level will retain 39% of its value. These figures are markedly lower than those quoted for the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid, which boasts a 51% residual figure.

The Auris Hybrid is a close match for the Ford Focus 1.5-litre EcoBlue diesel, though, which also has a 37% residual rating in entry-level Style trim.

Retail prices, both within and outside the Toyota network, don't seem to follow predicted residual values all that closely – the majority on sale are priced at over half the cost of an Auris Hybrid when new. You're still likely to receive a trade-in value far lower than the price of an equivalent car that's for sale on the forecourt, though.