New Toy­ota is a class act by any mea­sure JUSTIN CON­NOLLY

Macclesfield Express - - MOTORING -

took a week’s worth of clothes and the ocean ex­tras in its mas­sive 435-litre boot – from the out­side, you wouldn’t have known they were there. On a day trip to Fis­tral Beach in Newquay, with the back seats down I even man­aged to get a seven-foot surf­board in there, too.

We had the Icon edi­tion of the Auris, which has an on-the-road price of £20,395, but lacks a few of the re­fine­ments you might find on other ve­hi­cles of that price. Apart from the afore­men­tioned lack of cruise con­trol, that doesn’t get you sat­nav, ei­ther – it was fit­ted to our test car as an op­tional £750 ex­tra, which, along with a £495 me­tal­lic paint fin­ish (a lovely sub­tle deep grey) took the OTR price of our car to £21,640. Good value for a ve­hi­cle as ver­sa­tile and com­pe­tent as this.

The fuel econ­omy is pretty good too – Toy­ota claim 58.9mpg com­bined, and while I didn’t quite man­age that, our trip cost us just a cou­ple of £40 fill-ups there and back.

Some test cars I’ve driven I’ve loved, some I’ve hated. Many fail to stir much of a feel­ing ei­ther way.

The Auris, though – it proved one of the few I wish I could have driven off and never brought it back.

●● The Toy­ota Auris Icon 1.2 CVT Tour­ing Sports

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