Toyota Auris Touring Sports Hybrid reliability & safety

When it comes to reliability and safety, the Toyota Auris Touring Sports Hybrid is hard to beat

Toyota has a well earned reputation for reliability, and the Auris – plus the Corolla which preceded it – is no exception. When it comes to safety, it performs well too, and its car are fitted with the latest collision-mitigation technology.

Toyota Auris Touring Sports hybrid reliability & problems

Although Toyota finished mid-table out of the 26 manufacturers covered in our 2018 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey, the Auris performed far better. It came in 20th place out of 75 cars covered, finishing ahead of some far bigger names.

It performed very well in the build quality and engine and gearbox categories. And, despite the deficiencies we identified in its handling, owners are very happy with the way the Auris drives. Less surprising were the more critical ratings for interior design, comfort and infotainment features.

Impressively, only 8% of owners reported any faults within the first year of ownership.

Safety

The Toyota Safety Sense package is fitted as standard across the Auris Touring Sports Hybrid range. It bundles together autonomous emergency braking (which reduces the likelihood and the severity of front-end shunts), lane-departure warning, traffic-sign recognition and auto-dipping headlights. The launch of the Auris predates the latest autonomous driving technology, such as that fitted to the Nissan Leaf. And it lacks kit like lane-keeping assistance, too.

When it was crash tested by the experts at Euro NCAP, the Auris scored the maximum five-star rating. A 92% score for adult occupant protection, 84% for child protection and 62% for driver assistance support underpinned this. It’s worth bearing in mind, though, that these scores were awarded in 2013, and since then the testing criteria have been made tougher.