Toyota Auris Hybrid Review Cars CNET UK

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TOYOTA Auris Hybrid

Toyota Auris Hybrid

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Our rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

User 4.5 stars out of 5 (out of 3 user

Verdict: The Auris Hybrid is a good small family car exceptional fuel economy, low and some fun cabin tech. It s a shame it s so monumentally dull to at.

Bland design


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Over 2 Toyota hybrids have sold globally since the of the Prius. By any measure, that’s a success, but the company believes sales would be even if it were to offer a hybrid car was less expensive, smaller and crucially — less than the Prius.

Watching dry

The Toyota Auris Hybrid be one of the most exciting cars on the but you wouldn’t give it a second Not once during the seven we tested the car did a single, solitary even cast a glance in its — and who could blame The Auris, in hybrid form or is the most anonymous, derivative, piece of design seen Roger Federer invented

We might as well have several lines blank it would have the same as this picture.

Toyota us this was entirely deliberate. Its said people find the a little too unconventional, and the Auris was to make a hybrid that more normal. We can see their but we’d rather drive a car makes people look and some kind of feeling, than cruise around in a so nondescript that nobody it exists.

Twin powers

But plenty of reason to get excited the Auris Hybrid once you a closer look. Under its little bonnet is the same Synergy Drive setup in the third-generation Prius.

Power from a 1.8-litre, 16-valve that uses the Atkinson — a method of internal designed to prioritise efficiency at the of power. The engine’s power is by a 60kW electric motor to a 202V, 6.5Ah nickel-metal battery.

Unlike the Honda which is a mild hybrid, the Hybrid is a full hybrid perhaps the only thing it that isn’t mild meaning it’s capable of on battery power alone only for 1.2 miles at a time and at up to 30mph), on petrol power or on a combination of petrol and electric when more performance is

Method to the madness

To the uninitiated the Auris drives like a automatic, but car geeks like us be mesmerised by how the engine, motor and work together as they

Caress the accelerator pedal your knitted hemp and it’ll take off in almost silence, using the electric alone to get things moving. become a little noisier at speeds, however. The internal engine kicks into if you venture above 30mph, at speeds if your battery is low, or from a standstill if you the go-pedal in search of ultimate

Occasionally, during sedate of driving, the electric motor stop helping the car accelerate and act as a generator, soaking up excess from the petrol engine and it to the battery for later use. down a hill and it’ll sip of power from the car’s braking system, turning energy that would be lost under braking usable electricity that’s in the battery.

Emissions statement

The Hybrid Drive system in the Auris delivers exceptional fuel and low carbon dioxide emissions. The of the three versions available, the Hybrid T4 89g, emits you guessed it — 89g of carbon per kilometre when equipped 15-inch wheels. The T4 and the T Spirit emit 93g/km due to their 17-inch wheels, but even so, a figure most non-hybrid can’t even dream of

Fuel economy is equally The 15-inch wheeled T4 89g model a whopping 74.3mpg, but even the with 17-inch boots a very impressive 70.6mpg.

does it

TOYOTA Auris Hybrid

The Auris Hybrid provides feedback about how you’re driving via a power next to the speedometer. It behaves in the same way as a rev counter — the you accelerate, the further round the goes; the further the needle the harder you’re working the

The power meter shows how you’re driving, giving you to aim for as you’re pootling along.

More often than we found ourselves preferring to the car in the green zone. This had a lot to do the desperate noise the Auris makes when you hammer the pedal. It sounds like hair dryer, whirring rather than roaring as it

It’s not an offensive noise by any of the imagination, but there really is satisfaction to be had from eking out mpg than mph.

That not to say the Hybrid is slow. Its 0-62mph is a seemingly lethargic 11.4 but it feels as nippy as most family hatchbacks and can keep with even so-called hybrids such as the Honda

It handles surprisingly well. the car into a bend enthusiastically and guide you around with tenacity. Its suspension seems to previously unseen levels of keeping body roll to a minimum.

It feels as if it’ll an inside rear wheel if you it too hard in a bend, but the stability system is always on hand, the power and keeping you from too dreadfully.

Cabin tech

Driving can be a dull affair, but luckily the Hybrid has plenty of creature to keep you happy. Its stereo has a comprehensive feature list Bluetooth audio streaming lets you play Spotify, for from a phone over the speakers, a built-in 40GB drive for ripping audio a USB port for playing music on an external hard drive and an port for connecting external sources.

The Auris Hybrid’s is less impressive than its system, however. Its maps, by Navteq, are stored on the car’s disk, so route calculation and is rapid. Its maps are out of date (the data was issued in and many roads have layout in that time) and it accept seven-digit postcode meaning you’ll have to lengthy street names to exactly where you’re

Missing gizmos

The Auris may use the same propulsion technology as its big but it lacks many of the Prius’ gadgets. Theres’s no automatic feature. no head-up display and no panels in the roof. That the car slightly less appealing to dorks like us, but it means the Hybrid is noticeably cheaper, a starting price over lower than the entry-level


The Auris is about as as cars come, but it’s to ignore its excellent fuel low emissions and clever cabin The Honda CR-Z is more fun to and infinitely more attractive, but if serious about low running or the well-being of our planet, the Auris should get your vote.

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