Auris TR 1.33 Stop & Start 5-door
has just launched its new
Auris 2010 petrol and diesel range
priced from £14,463 to £17,745.
Not only do the revamped models
benefit from a sharper appearance
inside and out but they also come
with a new five-year warranty...
RATHER THAN SIMPLE STYLING TWEAKS, Toyota has gone back to the sheet metal
to give its new Auris 2010 more road presence and driver appeal. The front end
has been comprehensively reworked with a new, deep bumper with integrated fog
lamps (TR and SR models), new swept-back headlamps, a revised bonnet profile
with stronger crease lines and a grille that adopts the Toyota family identity
established by the latest generation Avensis and Verso.
New 16-inch and 17-inch alloy wheels have been designed for the TR and SR models
and all versions feature turn indicator lights integrated into the door mirrors.
At the rear there is a smart flash of chrome across the top of the number plate,
revised lamp clusters and a new rear bumper with extended corner sections that
create a 'catamaran' look. Owners can choose from seven exterior colours, including
three new metallic shades.
A soft-touch material has been introduced across the top of the instrument binnacle
and around the glovebox, and the centre console has been revised with changes
to the instrument design for smarter appearance and improved clarity. Auris's
distinctive bridged centre console has a new silver finish that matches the
door handles and the shape of the handbrake has been changed for easier operation
and improved tactile quality.
White illumination has been introduced for the instrument dials, with amber
lighting for the analogue instruments featured in the new Auris SR. To complete
the fresh look, new cloth upholstery designs have been introduced.
There's also a new three-grade line-up for the 2010 Auris, with a new sporty
SR spec variant joining the established T2 and TR. The TR, expected to account
for around 80 per cent of the UK sales mix, will remain at the heart of the
Key additional specification changes include the provision of a USB port and
Aux-in socket to connect portable music players to the car's audio system along
with a leather-trimmed, flat-bottom steering wheel on all models. Heated door
mirrors are introduced on the T2 grade, with a folding function on TR and SR
specification overview sees the base models with 15-inch steel wheels, good
sound system, air conditioning, electrically-operated front windows and door
mirrors, seven airbags, leather trim for the steering wheel and the gear knob
and remote central locking. The main-selling TR improves on this by upgrading
to 16-inch alloys and climate control and adding rear electric windows and retractable
folding door mirrors.
As well as packing
much more visual appeal,
the three- and five-door
of performance, fuel
economy and low CO2
The new grade Auris SR powered exclusively by the 1.6-litre Valvematic
petrol engine with six-speed manual transmission incorporates sporty
styling inside and out with new-design five-spoke, 17-inch alloy wheels, dark-tinted
rear privacy glass, roof spoiler with integrated stop lamp, darkened headlamp
glasses, 'Tatami' sport seat trim and amber-lit analogue dashboard instrumentation.
Despite all this additional specification, the SR model costs only £500 more
than the TR.
As well as packing much more visual appeal, the Auris range of three- and five-door
hatchbacks continues to deliver competitive combinations of performance, fuel
economy and low CO2 emissions from its Toyota Optimal Drive powertrains.
Toyota's engineers have also taken UK customer feedback into account, fine-tuning
Auris's suspension system (T2 and TR models) to better suit European roads and
deliver extra ride comfort and stability. The speed-sensitive Electric Power
Steering (EPS) has also been revised and refined to deliver better feedback
and improved vehicle agility.
The engine range comprises a 1.33-litre Dual VVT-i petrol engine with manual
transmission with Stop & Start function, 1.6 Valvematic petrol with manual or
MultiMode auto transmission and a 1.4 D-4D diesel unit with manual 'box or Multimode
auto. All benefit from Toyota Optimal Drive technologies for reduced weight,
higher efficiency and reduced emissions.
Performance data is unchanged, but they continue to offer a balance of performance,
fuel efficiency and low emissions. Running costs are really important in this
sector and the range of engines offer relatively low CO2 emissions ranging from
125 to 153g/km. First Year VED tax runs from £0 to £155 and the Combined Cycle
average fuel economy, depending on the engine chosen, starts from a high 60.1mpg
and goes down to 42.8mpg.
sample the hopefully more appealing 2010 Auris, I tried the likely best-selling
TR 1.33 VVT-i Stop & Start. This British-built five-door version is priced at
£15,640 and is now far more appealing to look at. And, of course, just as impressively
roomy as it ever was. It is no ball of fire but then nobody really expects it
to be cost effective motoring is what this version is all about.
What it does do
is to get its occupants
from A to B
in comfort without
hurting the wallet
What it does do is to get its occupants from A to B in comfort without hurting
the wallet or purse. With the free-revving 1.33-litre, 100bhp four-cylinder
petrol engine with intelligent variable valve timing, you get what power there
is when you need it and then it goes into fuel saving mode when not under load.
It has a Stop & Start system which shuts off the engine altogether at standstill
and automatically starts again when it's time to move off. Top speed is an insignificant
109mph and zero to 62mph takes a relaxed 13.1 seconds but this unit can be frustrating
to drive on A and B roads due to its high gearing and it takes time to build
up to 50mph. However, once 'in the cruise' at 70mph on the motorway it's fine
for most of the time; only hills and the added weight of three passengers dulled
But the fuel economy for a petrol engine of this size in a roomy car of this
size and weight was good: 42.8mpg. Although somewhat lower than the official
47.9mpg, my test figure was realistic in real-world conditions. The £110 annual
road tax is a bonus and, thanks to a 10E rating, insurance costs will be low
Ride comfort and space was rather good for a car of this size but the road control
and handling was not up to Focus or Golf standards and the steering, whilst
more accurate, still doesn't send enough feedback to the driver.
Not so good is the lacklustre performance and so-so handling. In this form the
Auris is not as desirable as the Golf, Focus or Astra. That said, the more costly
Auris Hybrids (£18,950 to £20,700) are a much better bet, especially if used
mainly for commuting with up to 70.6mpg an actual 61.2mpg on a recent
On the plus side, the Auris has better styling, improved interior quality and
specification, is comfortable, roomy, reliable, painless to own and offers good
fuel economy potential. The latest Auris certainly looks much better, feels
much more upmarket, has a higher level of specification and is frugal to run;
so Yes, it has improved. And the new five-year warranty is a sales sweetener
not to be overlooked. David Miles
Toyota Auris TR 1.33 Stop & Start 5-door | £15,640
Maximum speed: 109mph | 0-62mph: 13.1 seconds | Overall test MPG: 42.8mpg
Power: 100bhp | Torque: 97lb ft | CO2 135g/km