First drive review: Toyota Auris Touring Sports Hybrid Synergy Icon | Sunday Times Driving

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First drive review: Auris Touring Sports Synergy Icon

IN ANY discussion of the pioneering vehicles of hybrid the Toyota Prius tends to get all the When it came to bringing a electric motor into the clipping emissions and doing the world’s equivalent of the soft-shoe the Prius was the car that really it to the streets.

But the Prius has always a standalone, hybrid-only model and not forget it was the Prius’s quietly sister, the Auris, that the trail as the first family car to in all three flavours — petrol, and hybrid — a fact that guarantees the Auris its own room in the hall of fame, just as as they get round to building

Is that a museum anyone is in going to? I’m not sure. But maybe worth putting one up somewhere on the old Costner Field of Dreams build it and they will

And now here’s another model for its cases: the Auris Touring hybrid, which is, according to — whose grasp of the history in area we have no reason to — “the world’s first hybrid compact wagon”. If the hybrid hall of fame sell a few postcards and key rings on the of that distinction, it’s not trying hard enough.

wagon”, incidentally, translates as estate car” but estate now to be a word that the industry is more allergic to than — hence also in this “Touring”. Well, fair

Touring seems to glimmer the promise of sun-dappled, culturally road-bound adventures, possibly in settings — perhaps even in a BMW — all the poor, battered term is left to evoke is a lifetime of yet achingly mundane weekend to the dump. If I were selling cars, I’d be calling them all the time.

This particular Touring is an version of the reworked Auris, late last year in some senses, it’s at of coming over as a backwards for the model.

Toyota’s reappraisal of the Auris was designed to meet the growing feeling among the base that the car was, as boring as hell, frankly.

its waist was attractively rounded it was generously hung with of LED running lights (it’s Christmas in the car design departments days) and the Toyota badge on the was plumped up to agitate for our sympathies by more closely a puppy’s

Steps were also to make the hatch feel involving to drive, including the suspension, lowering the centre of and causing 8ft-long flames to out of its exhaust pipe at all times. (I may made up the last of those.)

in the Touring version, of course, cool, sprightly design must bite down on the grim bullet of practical space. The nose is still but the new waistline vanishes as the side flatly continue their out to the blunt back end. As for an driving experience, don’t one when your Auris is loaded with people and

Your foot is so far ahead of the desire to accelerate that a follows in which it would be possible to catch up on some If you’re in no urgent hurry, — you’re probably only to the dump, so why would you be? — and are prepared to the car gently and steadily, you’ll be achieving the hugely restful if quiet float that part-electric driving. And to get a driver to restful in a car full of people and is no common achievement.

My quibble with the Toyota arrangement is minor, albeit The skimpy shift-by-wire automatic control requires merely a pinch and the tiniest of tweaks to from neutral to drive or

It’s not that one necessarily a fistful of stitched leather at moments. It’s just the gap between cause and effect is wide: “You mean, I have to do that to make the car go into reverse?”

It has a parallel, of course, with rotary dial system. But in the of a Jag, the reduction comes as an act of bravado: look how much can be accomplished at the mere click of a dial. In Toyotas you appear to be away at an ancient gaming and any sense that you might be a proper car rather than a one all but vanishes.

Part two of this the electric bleep generated by the of reverse. This exactly the warning noise made in circumstances by my mother’s mobility Couldn’t Toyota program it to something else, such as the chord of A Hard Day’s

Indeed, couldn’t customers their own sound?

Who knew, as recently as 10 years ago, how far would end up lagging behind One day surely the technology will be to customise these moments. that bleep needs

This Toyota is a long that will beat in the class by emitting only 85g of CO2 the distance of a kilometre. Which is a stride forward when you that as recently as a couple of ago I had an old Volvo estate that only marginally less dioxide than that away when you turned the key in the

All this, and it’s a future piece. Which, for a new car, is than being a present piece.

Verdict ★★★☆☆

strong and very long

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