2013 Toyota Auris Hybrid review – GreenMotor.co.uk

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15 February 2013

Rating: 4 out of 5

Good: Quiet, refined,

Bad: Iffy details, vision

Price: from

The latest Toyota Auris is lower and leaner than the it replaces, with sharpened tautened surfaces and a much hawkish look about its Doubtless it#8217;s meant to aggressively athletic, an outward of the careful changes to steering and made under the skin, to try to this British-built car more and communicative than before.

So probably won#8217;t thank me for that I can barely remember of the trips I made in the new Hybrid of the car, across a busy that involved an unusual of journeys to awkwardly distant

However, this absence of is not meant as criticism. If I can call to exactly what I heard on the as I sailed up the M1, but can#8217;t remember noise levels were at speed, it must mean they weren#8217;t. The extra swaddling the engine bay, into the wheelarches and unfurled the dashboard has clearly done its

As has the six-speaker, DAB-equipped stereo.

unobtrusive while deftly every need isn#8217;t after all. Just and watch the staff in any fine or hotel as they move about. Fading into the is hard work.

So I certainly mean that the Auris is dull or boring. It#8217;s of those things, but it isn#8217;t or in-your-face either.

Much of the relaxed demeanour stems its two-pedal hybrid powertrain, is both quiet and unfussy in #8211; once you adjust to the toggle-style gearstick.

The powerplant is unchanged from the previous Hybrid or indeed the current from which the components been borrowed. A 1.8-litre petrol engine provides up to with another 80bhp on tap the hybrid electric motor. combined efforts peak at propelling the car via a continuously variable (CVT) that divorces speed from road

At low speed, or when setting the engine is typically silent as the car progress on electric power

The most familiar gripe CVT cars #8211; a frantic sound from the engine under hard acceleration has largely been soothed in the Auris Hybrid through a of better isolation and more use of the available electric shove.

from rest to 62mph 10.9 seconds, but the initial away from a standstill can a lot brisker than that suggests, especially if you first the #8220;power#8221; button ahead of the lever. This unleashes juice #8211; and a prodigious of torque #8211; from the motor, which like all motors gives its best at low revs. If you end up in the wrong lane at the of a traffic-light queue, for example, you can most other cars the first 30 yards to sort out, get in the right lane, back into normal and relax.

There is also an #8220;eco#8221; that softens throttle noticeably. It is perfectly tolerable, around town, as long as in a Zen frame of mind. It makes a big to consumption too: I completed one round trip in this and saw 63.5mpg.

Without it, I generally in the mid 50s, never troubling the combined-cycle figure of 72.4mpg.

The of components in the hybrid system has improved over the old Auris which bundled its battery the boot, eating into space. In the new model, the nickel-metal-hydride have instead been under the rear seat the petrol tank, leaving the boot for your shopping. The packaging tactic in the Yaris led to a cut-down fuel tank and range, but in the larger Auris the can still swallow the same 50 of unleaded as its conventional counterparts.

In the Excel trim of my #163;21,745 car, the 17-inch wheels managed to ruin the ride but have nibbled at the CO2 score. On wheels in mid-range Icon the Hybrid manages 87g/km, 91g/km on the bigger alloys. The edition is cheaper too, of at #163;19,995.

Excel trim brings seats that offer comfort and support in appropriate plus some fierce elements that feel like you#8217;ve sat on a toaster. spec also adds a of automatic systems including wipers that successfully rain, automatic lights, entry, park assist, and parking sensors both and rear. My vehicle also with Touch Go #8211; a name for a sensible #163;650 that adds a 6.1-inch excellent navigation guidance, and USB connections, plus a useful camera.

The camera is a particular given that the newly styling has resulted in a rear not much bigger than a wiped by a wiper the size of a Fortunately the view in other is better, with the swoopy pillars not proving too much of a up front.

The interior as a whole is tasteful and #8211; a huge step up the gauche blunders in plastic blighted the previous Auris. not sure if the stitched leather is Excel-level only, but I liked it.

Not inside is quite as top notch as neat stitching might however. There#8217;s a mushiness to items that you won#8217;t in a new Golf, for example. Shut off an in the Golf and you#8217;ll feel oiled precision followed by a

Do the same in the Auris and you#8217;ll sense plastic sliding on until it can#8217;t slide any

More obviously, the digital on the dashboard appears to have sourced from a pound

Still, there are a few items manage to surprise and delight. The of the economy gauge will colour from bright to glowing red as it sweeps out of the #8220;eco#8221; and into the #8220;power#8221; section, reminding you that you#8217;re wasting fuel. It#8217;s a but lovely little touch.

And while the new Auris can#8217;t match the aggression of its snout, is a car that can go around corners collapsing in a heap of wobbles. models get fully independent rear suspension, rather the simple twist-beam arrangement in the lesser reaches of the range, the electrically assisted steering firm and direct #8211; are fewer turns lock to than before. On twisty and country lanes it all comes surprisingly well.

If you want to hedges in your Auris you#8217;ll have picked the car, however. Plenty of cars beat it in the arena of thrills #8211; by which I an exciting drive combined great fuel economy. If, by you want to waft your way A to B, I can#8217;t think of many bets.

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