New and im­proved

A stal­wart of the Toy­ota range, the firm’s re­freshed Auris boasts cleaner en­gines, an ex­te­rior re­fresh and a much im­proved cabin en­vi­ron­ment. re­ports.

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The Auris might be a fa­mil­iar sight but if you look closely you’ll see that this gen­er­a­tion has been given a light re­fresh. There have been some small and not so small im­prove­ments. As a re­sult, the Auris is now pow­ered by a se­lec­tion of new or im­proved en­gines – petrol and diesel. The Auris might not com­mand the same rock star sta­tus as the likes of Ford’s Fo­cus or Volk­swa­gen’s Golf, but it re­mains a key model in Toy­ota’s line-up. A solid per­former, the car’s ace card – the hy­brid vari­ant – is a strong seller in both pri­vate and busi­ness cir­cles. Cabin qual­ity and re­fine­ment have been im­proved while the car’s slightly edgy styling goes a long way to chal­lenge the per­cep­tion that the Auris is a car only for sil­ver-haired own­ers. There’s am­ple room and plenty of odd­ment stor­age, while in the back head and legroom is re­spectable. The boot is a rea­son­able size. While the new en­gines – 1.2 petrol and 1.6 diesel – are fine per­form­ers around town and on the mo­tor­way, the hy­brid op­tion re­mains the class act in the Auris line-up. A lit­tle cleaner and more eco­nom­i­cal, this petrol-elec­tric set-up de­liv­ers a re­lax­ing and re­fined per­for­mance, with the bonus of near-silent elec­tric run­ning in short bursts. There are cheaper cars in this class but the Auris is a tempt­ing propo­si­tion. Toy­ota has upped the stan­dard equip­ment and added ex­tras such as a full-on nav and in­fo­tain­ment depend­ing on trim grade and an auto brake func­tion that helps mit­i­gate col­li­sions at low speed. The hy­brid op­tion is a no-brainer for busi­ness users and could save pri­vate buy­ers cash if they’re will­ing to do the sums.

ONE WORD This car summed up in just a sin­gle word:

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