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Rid me of this horrid Hybrid: The Toyota Auris is so dull that I nearly threw a sickie rather than drive it to work

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Toyota Auris Touring Sports

What is this car? It can t be brand new. It s all pointy and dark inside like something from the 1980s. I climb inside and I feel like I m in that decade.

I also feel, inexplicably, that if I turn around I m going to find a painter and decorator s stepladder in the back resting on countless half-used-up pots of emulsion and threatening to decapitate me if I brake too hard.

This is weird. I look next for the ignition; it s keyless, but there is no stop/start button. There is, however, a power button.

The engine on the Toyota Auris Touring Sports only kicks in when it’s required. Until then it’s battery power, silence and no risk of waking the family at 5am

And there, in five simple letters, is what this car is all about: power . Not power as in GRRR! or VROOM. but as in where the power comes from.

After leading the eco-friendly charge for over a decade ago now, Toyota has become the go-to brand in car manufacturers helping save the planet.

This of course involves it having to make hundreds of thousands of brand-new cars, which uses billions times more resources than anything it ends up saving, but of course no one talks about that as it ruins a good story.

This car also doesn t have a rev counter because there s no need, which means there is no red lining, no wheel spinning, basically no fun, which is strange for a car that has the word sport in its name.

The steering wheel was as weeny as the gearstick — small, fiddly, annoying, and way too removed from the sensation of the road

What it does have is a (supposedly) Earth-friendly, green-white-and-blue power section on a very dull-looking dial. It s all a bit depressing.

Actually, scrub that, it s all very depressing for us petrol-heads, especially when there s still a tank of petrol involved.

That s for if you want to actually drive anywhere that isn t within walking distance.

I didn t read the manual before my first outing in the hybrid Auris I never do when a test car arrives.

Typical bloke, I go for discovery and adventure, rather than wasting half a day on the easy route and consult the ready-to-hand manufacturer s literature that will tell me all I need to know.

The dials and switches had me considering donning a pair of white silk gloves — they looked like they may be of historical importance

I hide behind the theory that such reference is lazy at best and cowardly at worst.

The Auris challenged this ethos, however, like no car before. I generally didn t have a clue what I was supposed to do.

I pressed the power button and nothing happened for ages. I was about to transfer to my normal daily drive to work, fearing I might be late for my breakfast show, when for no apparent reason (to me) the Auris started to show signs of life.

Ah, of course, the engine only kicks in when it s required. Until then it s battery power, silence and no risk of waking the family at 5am.

TOYOTA Auris Hybrid

I don’t know why anyone would ever dream of spending around Ј25,000 of their hard-earned (or even stolen) cash on such a vehicle

This was verging on a plus point, except that I like to remind my family that I get up two hours earlier than them most days to bring home the bacon. I find this also helps mitigate my dribbling and snoring mid-afternoon.

Back to the (noiseless) action, which sees me move the motion selection lever into drive daintily via my thumb and forefinger (it s so unnervingly tiny).

After something beeped I have no idea what or why I tentatively feathered the accelerator, my fear of the unknown now reaching previously unparalleled levels.

Finally, she began to edge forward and London was three yards closer. Hmm.

Within a mile, I was considering throwing a sickie just so I didn’t have to drive the Auris any more. I didn’t want to touch anything

You know that phrase you see on signs: Tired? Take a break ? I was suddenly wondering whether they would have a Bored out of your mind? Do similar, notice ready for me.

I had a gloomy feeling that, on this occasion, my Ascot-to-London route, usually only 35 minutes, was going to seem so much longer.

Within a mile, I was considering throwing a sickie just so I didn t have to drive the Auris any more. I didn t want to touch anything.


The steering wheel was as weeny as the gearstick small, fiddly, annoying, and way too removed from the sensation of the road.

The seat was like something from the star prize on Sale Of The Century circa 1981 the speedboat perhaps, as opposed to an actual car.

The Toyota Auris whirs, all the time, really annoyingly, up and down, one long gear moaning, like a Clairol 2000 hairdryer minus the excitement

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TOYOTA Auris Hybrid
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TOYOTA Auris Hybrid
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