Toyota Auris Hybrid review 2010

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TOYOTA Auris Hybrid

Impressive Engineering In Small

Pity It Can’t Get Close To Economy Claims

Does Aplomb, Everything Else It On The Can

For – practical, economical,

Against – anonymous looks, can’t get close to green

“I was being ordered off the motorway by beautiful sounding seductress, but on to the straight and narrow by the Dalek-speak of the software.” 

The Toyota Auris is a very impressive car which quality, drives well, but to deliver the over-the-top fuel claims.

That’s not to say it’s not very economical. I managed mpg over about 650 miles, and seems pretty good to me, I must admit that the wasn’t suited to hybrids. I was on motorways to Dover, then to Paris, with a bit of unwanted, on the dreaded Peripherique, the city of fiendishly busy ring

For what it’s worth, I the car in ECO mode for the whole time. I at close to 80 mph, occasionally close to 90 mph. You know, how people drive on motorways. But claims an average 70.6 mpg and way you look at it, this is not very to 44.6. The Auris hybrid claims the car will do 70.6 mpg 70.6 mpg city and 70.6 mpg

When I asked Toyota if was right, it said indeed it because of the unique ability of the power-train. I did drive a short over country roads a bit of urban driving, and managed mpg, and I must admit I into Power mode. I what a moderately powerful 2.0 diesel engine would while probably providing more exciting performance.

I’m to drive a new BMW 520d over roads next month, and be reporting on that.

As you know, been on the case of manufacturer’s economy claims for years.  A of months ago I drove the Honda another hybrid. Honda it will manage an average mpg.

I managed 41.0 mpg in that you’d expect to the greenest return; much along country lanes, a bit of driving (where hybrids are at their best) and little speed cruising  (very unfriendly).


What this even more is magazines like WhatGreenCar, awarded the Auris hybrid its er of the year award for 2010. You think that a magazine this would be championing the and revealing manufacturers’ tricks, than cosying up to them and co-conspirators in this great on the car buyer.  In fact, WhatGreenCar the fact in its review of the car that it get close to the figures claimed by

“The Auris Hybrid an impressive 74.3 mpg (15in or 70.6 mpg (17in wheels) on the combined cycle test. The car recorded 38 mpg driving briskly and a of 60.2mpg when trying for Then, the magazine carries on as nothing has happened to torpedo its

Most of the media simply the figures provided by the manufacturers though we all know how tainted can be. Don’t forget this Union testing takes over flat ground the air conditioning off and often bears no with real world As WhatGreenCar says, it is a laboratory. It is not a of real-world economy. It does an accurate comparison across the but of data which is useless

It’s very convenient for the to have these figures because it allows tax rates in like Britain to be set at lower than a more honest would.

But back to the Auris. The hybrid is a delightful car, made my drive to the Paris Car very comfortable and secure. The was excellent. The seats and accommodation top There was plenty of room in the despite the presence below of the pack.

The CVT automatic gearbox well. At motorway cruising the car was quiet, but wasn’t exactly when called on to overtake. No given that it was in Eco mode.

As in the Toyota Prius hybrid powertrain and gearbox is exactly the there’s a natty little lever which you can push to one if you want to induce engine as you roll down hill a roundabout or junction. It had a start/stop and remote ignition key, the of which I find most and pointless. Usually, when you your car, you simply the key from the ignition. If you have a key, you have probably it in your pocket or in a shelf or in a in the car. This often panic as you leave the car and can’t where you put the key.

Also, I it irritating when you approach the car and it unlocks itself. Had I actually it?

While I’m in irritated mode, the was clunky and lacked intuition. was no easy way to put in post codes. the post code choice was the system wouldn’t respond. I found directions to my hotel in by using Points of Interest.

trying to put the address in, the system only allow about of it. Before you accuse me of being an old who is baffled by technology, let me say this. I Google SatNav on my mobile This is so intuitive, it practically where you want go before you it on. I used this in parallel the Auris SatNav, and this me to my destination.

Another black mark on the SatNav; it puzzlingly and constantly to get me off motorways after I was directed at the start of the Paris motorway at because of road works. I later that there is a in the system where you have to the use of toll roads. In other the system is set to avoid motorways in unless you tell it otherwise.

you think a halfway competent would have found a way to at alert you to this?


TOYOTA Auris Hybrid

The SatNav is programmed with a speaking the most perfectly-accented The Google one has someone speaking computer-speak monotone American So I was being ordered off the motorway by beautiful sounding seductress, but on to the straight and narrow by the Dalek-speak of the software.

Hand on heart, I the temptress.

The Auris is at best a looking car. It looks as the designers were ordered to a vehicle which looked as and unpretentious as possible. Any hint of must be eschewed. Mighty though has since had a rethink its design policy, as notably companies have been cars with rock-solid (or at least a copper-bottomed guarantee means the same thing) look tremendously attractive. no longer possible to sell cars just on their

There must be pizzazz This, the Auris singularly And it’s not cheap either.

The I drove, the Auris T Spirit CVT 1.8 5 costs £20,700. The base is the T4 at £18,950. Toyota claims the model with 15 inch will do 74.3 mpg. T Spirit has 17 inch wheels).

equipment on the T4 includes climate air conditioning, six-speaker audio CD, radio, MP3. USB and Aux-in, heated door mirrors, fog lights, LED running lights and start.

The T Spirit adds like leather and alcantara cruise control, Bluetooth, windscreen wipers, smart and start. The sputtering SatNav set you back £1,200.

The Auris has a 1.8 98 bhp four-cylinder petrol engine, with an 80 bhp electric motor. It to 62 mph from rest in 11.4 and will do 112 mph if asked. Toyota this setup produces 93 per kilometre of CO2, which is less another way of saying mpg.

Stop meaningless per kilometre claims

Manufacturers now are plastering their advertising claims about grammes per If anyone out there is reading from the manufacturing side, can I you cease and desist. The general has no idea what you are talking when you use this statistic.

do know about miles per though. And they will the new Toyota guarantee – now 5-years or miles

Toyota said the Auris is the full hybrid vehicle in the small family car class. “strong” hybrid system a little electric only of up to 1.2 miles at up to 30 mph. Honda’s hybrid doesn’t allow any only use.

You can’t to be impressed with the engineering, but it the sneaking suspicion that it is all to no in the fuel consumption stakes. But for this is just a step on the way to a world, and the next generation of will surely be able to with their economy in the real world, and not just the of the E.U. test.

Neil – October 10, 2010

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