Meet the new Toyota Auris
It barely seems like any time at all since the Toyota Auris replaced the Toyota Corolla on the UK’s roads, but as the car comes to celebrate its 10th birthday next year the second generation model has received a mid-life facelift to build on its strong sales.
At the front of the car, the Auris has been updated to incorporate the latest version of the Toyota fascia. There’s a pair of LED headlights, merging into a pair of chrome wings emanating from the Toyota badge. The front valance has been restyled to make the front air dam deeper at the outside edges. The foglights are incorporated into this at the extremities to increase the impression of width on the road.
That LED theme continues around to the back, where new light units include a Y-shaped set of LED tail lights. The redesigned lower portion of the back bumper moves the reflectors from a vertical position to a horizontal one, again emphasising the car’s width on the road.
There’s a milder change in the cabin, focussed on reducing instrument clutter and bulk while increasing the perception of quality. The dials in the binnacle have been enclosed in chrome-lipped tubes to give a sporting impression, with a 4.2 inch colour TFT information screen between them.
A new and more cohesive dashboard design incorporates a redesigned centre stack with touch sensitive switches. The upper surface and fascia are clad in the same soft-touch material, again improving the quality feel of the cabin while remaining familiar to the previous Auris.
Some of the movable details - air vents, doorhandles - have also been redesigned to lend a more premium air to the items you regularly touch in the car, while the shape and finish of chrome trim features has been altered to make a more consistent appearance. Improvements to soundproofing, panel gaps and sealing mean that the Auris’s cabin is quieter than ever too.
A new 1.2 litre turbocharged petrol engine has joined the existing line-up of Auris engines. This compact 4-cylinder unit produces 114hp to give the Auris a 0-60mph time of 10 seconds, but with 60.1mpg and 109g/km CO2 the car qualifies for the second lowest VED band and will cost you just £20/year to tax.
Also making its debut is a 1.6 litre D4-D diesel. This replaces the old 2.0 diesel option and reduces CO2 output to 104g/km, meeting the newest Euro 6 emissions regulations. The existing 1.4 litre D4-D diesel has been updated to also meet the Euro 6 limits, with a NOx storage reduction (NSR) catalyst helping to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions.
For ultimate emissions and economy performance though, the Auris Hybrid is still the one to beat. Combining an efficient 1.8 litre Atkinson Cycle petrol engine with a 36hp electric motor, the Hybrid posts figures of 80.7mpg and 79g/km. It can also run in EV mode alone for up to 2 miles at speeds of up to 30mph.
Euro NCAP had already tested the Auris in 2013 and awarded it a five star rating. Scoring 92% and 84% respectively in adult and child occupant safety tests it was already one of the safest cars in the class.
The 2015 model adds an optional Safety Sense pack, including autonomous emergency braking, pre-collision system, automatic high beam, lane departure warning and road sign assist, with a compact laser and camera unit at the top of the windscreen.
Prices start from £15,245 for the hatchback and £16,345 for the estate model.