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How much? £19,995
On sale in the UK: Now
Engine: 1798cc 16v 4-cyl plus hybrid motor, 89bhp, 105lb ft
Transmission: CVT, fwd
Performance: 10.9sec 0-62mph, 112mph, 74.3mpg, 87g/km
How heavy / made of? 1425kg/steel
How big (length/width/height in mm)? 4245/1760/1510
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Toyota Auris (2013) CAR review

By Jesse Crosse

First Drives

04 February 2013 09:05

Toyota GT86, Toyota Auris. Two cars at opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to delivering thrills. While the GT86 has been making headlines, the Auris is universally perceived as, well, the motoring equivalent of kitchen equipment. And we’re not talking Kitchen Aid or Smeg here; we’re talking Morphy Richards.

Toyota's 2013 Auris

With the new Auris, Toyota is hoping to make us go ‘wow’ rather than ‘oh,’ by promising to ‘appeal to our hearts as well as our heads’. Well, it’s lower, slightly lighter (the lightest of the range has shed 50kg) and more slippery too. The engine line-up is much same with a 98bhp 1.3-litre petrol, 130bhp 1.6-litre petrol, 89bhp 1.4-litre diesel, and the 1.8-litre petrol Hybrid.

The 1.6 whispers along at motorway speeds, gear-shifting is slick and the ratios fine. It’s no belter, but it does a good job of delivering a comfy, refined, effortless drive.

Lowering the centre of gravity has allowed softer springs, improving the ride with no rock ‘n’ roll in the corners. Inside it’s well made, if plain.

The Hybrid gives the Auris an angle that competitors lack (40% of all Aurises sold in the UK will be Hybrids). That said, the best we saw was 50.4mpg, making the claimed urban figure of 76.3mpg seem but a distant dream.

Verdict

At between £14,495 and £21,745 (with Hybrids from £19,995), the new Auris is an improvement on the old, but more of an uprising rather than a full-on revolution. It remains competent but uninspiring and though it has a number of appealing traits, the ability to seduce isn’t one of them.

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Johann

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Johann says

RE: Toyota Auris (2013) CAR review

Ah yes...  and so Autocar says basically EXACTLY what I said re that dash and it being a cliff face of utter awfullness:

 

http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-review/toyota/auris/first-drives/toyota-auris-icon-14d4d-tg-first-drive-review

13 February 2013 14:45

 

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RE: Toyota Auris (2013) CAR review

@Brand0 – your analysis it correct to a point. An Auris depreciates at the same rate as a Golf. The cars to those that want them, they are equally desirable. The markets perception of what constitutes “premium” is carefully controlled. VW would rather not see a Auris compared to a Golf precisely because it is not extraordinarily different to it. There’s no logical reason why two of the world’s bestselling nameplates should not be tested together. CAR’s conclusion that a Golf cannot compare with an A3 because it is not premium enough is pure hokum. The VW Group pair essentially differ in only brand positioning. The engineering content, subdued styling, design and below average reliability are shared. That leaves us with perception, a function of marketing. The position of Lexus in Europe is surely a marketing failure. Is there something really remiss about the product? For the British, owning a Lexus would be considered pretty left field by the aspirational for whom toting a GmbH badge is part of their self-worth. It is worth looking out for the documentary “All in the best possible taste with Perry Grayson” concerning the various classes of Britain in which cars are a central feature. That the motoring press merrily collude in such marketing hoopla tells me that they have abdicated their responsibility as journalists and are pandering to popular prejudices both positive and negative by telling what they want to hear. This generally makes for a dull read.

07 February 2013 03:50

 

Brand0

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Brand0 says

RE: Toyota Auris (2013) CAR review

Quality means different things to different men.  For me, a quality product still has decent value years down (financially, perceivably and styling-wise). This can only occur with well-engineered, styled, designed and (relatively) reliable product which importantly is looked after BECAUSE it is deemed a quality product by the owners.


Those at the top of this spectrum reside in the 'premium' category.  It's people who make a product premium, as they won't pay the money if they don't think the product IS premium. Quality now appears in most cars produced - even those you can buy brand new for a few pennies.  The difference with premium is that these cars still have emotional value (which impacts financiall value) years down the line.


What I do find nowadays is that in the race to bring the new tech to the forecourt means that there is more scope for things to go wrong - which I liken to the mobile phone industry.  My first mobile phone NEVER played up. Every 'smart' phone I've owned has had it's issues.
 

06 February 2013 13:43

 

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dc says

RE: Toyota Auris (2013) CAR review

Something that struck me and I am surprised no one else has already commented on, the hybrid version has the biggest engine! I am still trying to make sense out of it.
To add my two pence on subject of perceived and real quality, I remember when various East European manufacturers were selling their products in the UK back in 80's and early 90's, there was saying that a new Lada Riva (or anything similar) would probably last you next 20 years but would you want it to. A few years ago I had an opportunity to drive a new, at the time current, second-generation Yaris, and my general feeling was that I would have not been able to tolerate it's interior irrespective of the car's reliability.
 

06 February 2013 10:59

 

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bertandnairobi says

RE: Toyota Auris (2013) CAR review

...and I forgot to add, it wouldn´t destroy the business model to do a bit more of this kind of thing again. Last night I tucked into a five page article by Setright on four wheel steering. I didn´t understand some of it but I had fun trying. There were diagrams of Ackermann steering angles. That was in 1988. The cover story featured two Alfa 75s in a vineyard. No exclamation points.

 

06 February 2013 10:52

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