Toyota Auris

30 Mar 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Toyota Auris

Toyota Auris


HYBRID CARS are here to stay and one of the pioneers, Toyota, has just won the Green Car Of The Year title with its Toyota Auris hybrid, which was praised for its outstanding fuel economy and its low emissions.

That is very commendable, but how the car drives is also important and I was keen to find out when I tested this ultra-green Toyota Auris model recently.

The latest Auris looks very smart with smooth elegant styling. There is a choice of two petrol engines, one diesel, and a petrol-electric hybrid. The hybrid offers 98 hp from its 1.8 litre petrol engine with the electric unit delivering 80hp.

I found performance not significantly different from most conventional cars in the sector #8211; the 0-60 mph time is respectable at 10.9 seconds, with a top speed of 112 mph. The significant different comes when you consider the fuel economy – 74.3mpg combined. And another bonus is that with a meagre 87g/km emission figure, you can forget road tax and congestion charges.

Out on the road, at lower speeds only the near-silent progress reminds that you are in something a little different, though when pushed hard, the engine can be a little growly. The CVT transmission is smooth with the changes. Handling is safe and predictable, ride comfort not best in class but quite acceptable.

It is not an exciting car to be in, but then its target buyers wouldn#8217;t expect that anyway.

Auris comes with front, side and curtain airbags, and stability control is also standard. Trim levels are Active, Icon, Sport and Excel. Even the Active starter model comes with air-conditioning, electric front windows, remote locking and a CD player.

Icon trim adds features which include alloy wheels and a DAB radio, while Excel models add automatic light and wipers and a leather-trimmed facia.

When it comes to user-friendliness, all the essential controls are within easy reach and the central touch-screen infotainment system is simple to operate. Seating and steering wheel are adjustable, so you can get a good driving position with excellent forward vision.

The cabin provides ample head and legroom for five occupants and a neat comfort touch is reclining rear seat backrests. The boot – which features an adjustable floor level – is roomy (360 litres) and folding seats boost this to small-estate capacity.

Summing up, though Auris Hybrid at £19,995 in test-model Icon form is a bit more expensive than some conventional rivals, it still provides great value for money when you factor in the substantially lower operating costs, particularly over a longer time span.

FOR: Classy styling, outstanding economy, Toyota reliability.

AGAINST: Dull dashboard styling, narrow tailgate screen restricts visibility.

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