Toyota Auris Hybrid Wagon: Are You Missing Out On Europe’s Prius V Alternative?

22 May 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Toyota Auris Hybrid Wagon: Are You Missing Out On Europe’s Prius V Alternative?

Toyota Auris

Hybrid Are You Missing Out On Europe’s Prius V

It’s easy enough to a hybrid these days, plenty of automakers offering that blend gasoline and electric propulsion to one degree or

More difficult is finding a vehicle suitable for more families, those with need for space and practicality. are the hybrid wagons?

Europe, it where we drove Toyota’s new Touring Sports in hybrid on the sunny Balearic island of

Toyota says the Auris Sports Hybrid (TS, now on) is the first full hybrid wagon on the market.

That in Europe at least, is typically of diesel wagons.

The elephant in the is the Prius+, which you’ll be familiar with as the Toyota V .

In Europe, the Prius+ is a seven-seat so there’s no real overlap it and the TS. You can see where this is heading: If decided to launch the Auris in the (unlikely, since the hatchback tread on the Corolla’s toes), the V wagon would be the main not to bring over an Auris wagon.

Similar under the

In terms of powertrain, the V and the TS Hybrid are much cars with the Prius parent.

Both use a 1.8-liter Atkinson four-cylinder gasoline engine, with an electric motor a planetary gearset. While claims the setup has been to give a more natural between road speed and revs, it’s a system still very familiar car can run using the electric motor the electric drivetrain can assist, it can out of the equation, and it can recharge using braking.

Anyone put off by the Prius V’s won’t find much to them here, and the Hybrid’s 0-62 mph time and 109 mph top speed satiate the speed freaks.

the Auris is one of the quietest cars driven with this and while it still drones under hard acceleration, it a little more muted in other applications.

Toyota Auris Touring Hybrid first drive,

It’s also frugal. a test route comprising twisty roads and some traffic-light town driving, our car an indicated 50 mpg.

Possible with the trip computer it doesn’t seem like a figure to attain. While we relatively economically, our co-driver little such deliberate before going 1 mpg better his own route, albeit slowed by a more traffic.

That’s better than the 40 mpg drivers are attaining in the Prius V, to figures submitted on the EPA’s site. Our disclaimer is that the TS achieved that 50 mpg figure only two passengers and little Load it up with a family and paraphernalia, work the engine (and you do need to work it to make swift progress and watch those numbers

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