NEW AURIS LEAVES BLANDNESS BEHIND
The revamped range is better looking than most rivals in its class, and it’s not at all boring to boot
WHAT do Toyota have to do to get you interested in buying an Auris? Make it better to drive? They did that in 2012, at the same time making it better looking, better value for money, better built and more efficient.
That ought to have been enough to propel Toyota’s Focus rival from also-ran to top of the field and, objectively speaking, the Auris was an impressive all-rounder. Thing is, nobody here really took it that seriously, despite it being built right here in Britain.
Undeterred, Toyota has set about improving the Auris still further, revealing a revised line-up.
Toyota has added a 1.2-litre turbo petrol unit and a 1.6-litre turbodiesel to the range, joining the existing 1.33-litre and 1.6-litre petrol power plants, and the heavily revised 1.4-litre D4-D turbodiesel, now the cleanest diesel engine in the 90PS class.
Cost of Ownership
This Auris has been given a good onceover in the efficiency department. The 1.2T model benefits from fuel consumption of 60.1mpg and 109g/ km CO2 emissions when fitted with a manual gearbox. Go for the Multidrive S transmission and those numbers improve to 61.4mpg and 106g/km.
The diesel 1.4 D-4D here returns combined cycle fuel consumption of 83.1mpg, while CO2 emissions have dropped sharply from 99 to 89g/km.
The 1.6 D4-D diesel has CO2 emissions of 104g/km. Combined fuel consumption is 68.9mpg.
Some cars are an instant hit, others are a bit of a slow burn, and then there’s the Toyota Auris. It’s a car whose appeal is, to many, so hard to fathom that it never really challenges the top contenders in the sales charts.
The reason? It’s struggled to shake off the stigma of being a bit, well, boring. But here’s the thing. This latest car isn’t bland at all. It’s a family hatchback designed with care, built with diligence and better looking than most rivals in its class.
Toyota perhaps needs to inject a bit of attitude into the Auris range with a really potent sports model. It might not make too many sales but it’ll have a halo effect over the rest of the range. Overall, the Auris is a good car, encumbered by an out of date reputation. It’s time to leave the old attitudes behind.