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Review: The Toyota Auris

February 6, 2015

The Toyota Auris is Toyota’s comeback to the hugely successful Volkswagen Golf and boy, have they stepped up the competition. Toyota was started in 1933 as a division of Toyoda Automatic Loom Works. In 2008, Toyota’s sales surpassed General Motors, making Toyota the number one car manufacturer in the world. So the question is: does the Toyota Auris stand a chance against the VW Golf? Find out in this week’s Toyota Auris review.

Toyota Auris 2

Original image by M93

 

Design

The design of the Toyota Auris is nothing much to shout about – for all the car has quite a slick front design, it’s by no means the sexiest option on the market. That’s not to say that the Toyota Auris is an ugly car – it just isn’t a natural born head-turner. The interior of the Toyota is a rather stylish affair, it must be said. The car’s mixture of dark black/grey for the seats and dashboard, combined with a mixture of neon blue lights for the buttons and speedometers, really give the Toyota a quirky and contemporary look. If you can’t resist the slick design or the Auris, take a look at how our car loan options could help you get your hands on one.

Features

The Toyota comes with something they like to call ‘TOUCH 2 WITH GO’, which is essentially a touchscreen inside the car offering Satnav and real time traffic updates, as well as eco friendly route options, Bluetooth, a search engine function, rearview camera, parking assist and MP3 connectivity. Bottom line – we think the Toyota Auris comes with enough quality kit to satisfy even the greatest tech lovers in the motoring world.

Performance

The Toyota has a selection of three engines – and technically four if you go for the high range hybrid – the first of which being the 1.3-litre petrol engine, which returns an impressive 52.3mpg with 125g/km of CO2 emissions and a 0-62mph acceleration time of 12.5 seconds. The next step up is the 1.4 litre diesel which offers the same acceleration time, but with a fuel fuel economy of 74.3mpg and CO2 emissions from just 99g/km. Next is the 1.6 petrol engine with 49.6 mpg and CO2 emissions from 134g/km – and at the top of the range engine is the 1.8 litre Hybrid Petrol Engine, which makes it to 62mph in 10.6 seconds and boasts the lowest fuel consumption in the range. Put simply, you get what you pay for and the top end Auris is certainly worth the bigger price tag.

Toyota Auris interior

Original image by Kārlis Dambrāns

Overall, the Toyota Auris is more than a match for the VW Golf and can definitely hold its own in the family hatchback industry. If this piece has got you geared up for the Toyota Auris, don’t let your budget hold you back. At the Car Loan Warehouse, we’re experts in all types of car finance – so apply now to find a plan that suits you, or start by heading to the car loan calculator for an instant quote.

About The Author

Jon Le Roux is co-founder and company director of The Car Loan Warehouse. Being a mad engineering and motorsport enthusiast, I spend more hours than is healthy, watching, reading or talking about cars, boats, motorbikes…..basically anything with an engine.