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TOYOTA AURIS Hatchback 2007‑2012
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TOYOTA AURIS 1.8 VVTi Hybrid T Spirit 5dr CVT Auto (Review date: 6th December '12)
Unfortunately, I'm not hugely taken with this Toyota. My car is the T-Spirit version with 18'' wheels & upgraded interior trim.
The best features of the car are the smooth CVT gearbox & the economical engine. This type of gearbox is grossly under-rated by most 'boy-racer' scribes. It provides exactly the right ratio for any given load & changes are seamless. The electric motor is a delight & the petrol engine is both smooth & adequately powerful. Average fuel consumption has been 59,6 mpg over 3600 carefully driven miles. NB - when comparing the operating costs other cars it is important to remember that this car uses an (inherently reliable & simple) non-turbo petrol engine (no particulate filter) & a gearbox that is AUTOMATIC. I cannot find any car with similar features that is anywhere near as economical.
The next best feature is probably the good rear seat space.
Other good features are:
- road holding & cornering BUT at the expense of a bumpy ride round town. However, the motorway ride is well-controlled & quite acceptable.
- basic engineering is well executed as one would expect of a Toyota, but ... (see bad features below)
- the car is indeed very economical to own & operate.
The worst feature of the car, & a major irritation, is its squeaky dashboard. This is a bit of really bad engineering design & execution. It consists of numerous bits of hard plastic clipped together with more plastic that rub against each other. Although is looks OK, the constant squeaks & groans are very irritating. (When mentioned to the Toyota courtesy caller his response was to laugh sheepishly!)
The boot is very small.
The bumpy ride contrasts with the smooth drive train & exacerbates the various squeaks & groans (door seals).
The passenger foot-space is adversely compromised by the intruding wheel arch.
The nicely-trimmed seats have proved to be not very comfortable over longer distances because under-thigh and lower back support are inadequate.
So it is a mixed bag - the hybrid bit is the best feature.
Toyota Suris 1.4 TR 2012
TOYOTA AURIS 1.4 D-4D TR 5dr (Review date: 1st October '12)
Bought this 2012 Auris second hand with a few thousand miles on the clock, much cheaper than it's rivals.
The good points of the Auris include: the Long 5 year warranty, the floor is flat at the back which is very convenient for the person sitting in the middle row, economical yet reasonably responsive engine and decent kit given in the TR spec. I really like the gear shift indicator! The ride is very good because Toyota have dampened the suspension on this version. They give an iPod aux as well as a USB interface which is cool.
Now onto the bad points: there isn't much space for your coins and keys etc. mainly because there isn't any central storage area. The seats don't fold down completely flat, whereas a Honda civic's does. Despite Toyota improving the quality of the materials on this facelifted version, there are still a few cheepish materials lurking. They're is only one Diesel engine available in the range.
Toyota quote 55 mpg, I get around 42, which is still good. Toyota could've improved the co2 emissions, it's only a 1.4 litre yet a Honda civic's 2.2 litre produces much less co2's!
On the whole it is a well priced reliable car.
super choice for a second car !
TOYOTA AURIS 1.6 V-Matic TR 5dr (Review date: 2nd April '12)
This is our second car, the first being a 3 series tourer. I am not sure about this for anyone looking for a primary use car for motorways etc etc since this is petrol and wind noise would start to intrude. But for our use its perfect. Well made, well designed driving position and great seats. High gear stick is awesome and steering wheel great eronomically.Road manners are great but brakes not upto the standard or german rivals. Gear ratios are too close and this would start to annoy me if this car was always used around the city but for our sub-urban use its fine. I have driven Golfs loads of times before and I find them dull to be honest and £2000 too expensive for what you get. This car is the best selling medium sized hatchback in the world and its clear why. It will not set the driving experience on fire but thats not why I purchased it. I paid £10K for a year old car with 4 years warranty left and only 8500 on the clock. I am not sure I would have paid the asking price for one of these new though.... So all in all , so long as the car is in the right habitat its a no brainer if you buy a year old ex demo or similar deal, you get 4 years warranty and a hell of a nice car.... Visually it has its own style but is a tad quirky, but I did not want to own a golf and certainly would never buy another ford so avoided the focus which I understand is a better drive [ but will probably stop working when its EMS software "expires"]. I test drove the lower powered engine version of this and soon realised that most drivers would get terrible consumption from that trying to get from 0-30 in under a minute !! Anyone who is serious about driving well should stick to the 1.6 if they want a petrol car. RECOMMENDED !!!
TOYOTA AURIS 1.8 VVTi Hybrid T Spirit 5dr CVT Auto (Review date: 1st March '12)
i purchased this car for one reason MPG figure. it has the prius running gear, and Toyota reliability and 5yr warranty. this is my work car. clearly its not a sportscar and doesn't drive like one , so reviews around the feel of it and the responsiveness are irrelevant to me. i am posting this to say that it is quite possible to get 73mpg out of this car. if the trip computer is to be believed i have achieved 99.9mpg on a 4mile commute and 83mpg back home.granted you need to drive it like youre driving miss daisy and FEATHER the accelerator pedal but it is possible (even if you do hold up other traffic). if you drive sensibly and keep up with other traffic you can achieve between 60-66. not believing the trip computer i actually waited till the empty sign came up and put in exactly 1 gallon £6.23 of petrol, I achieved 74miles on it !! before the empty sign came up.... that was with cold starts and dual carriageway driving. . i drive mainly in town so a lot of stopping and starting and slow city driving. this is a petrol-hybrid car, so no problems with diesel particulate filters. at low speeds its comfortable, the boot is small. as mentioned on reviews of this car the system encourages you to drive frugally, there is no rev counter and you constantly obsess about bettering your previous MPG figure. a word of caution in electric mode the car is whisper quiet, and pedestrians sometimes don't pay attention, which means you have to. other than that i cant praise this car highly enough. it actually delivers on MPG...
Disappointingly under powered
TOYOTA AURIS 1.6 V-Matic T Spirit 5dr  (Review date: 22nd January '12)
The Auris often leaves me stranded when I need some power. Overtaking uphill and even motorway hills are a struggle for this car, Sudden bursts of acceleration when I need them cannot be achieved without changing down 2 or 3 gears, and if you put your foot down suddenly there is absolutely minimal response. This is a far cry from my old Avensis 2 Litre D4D GS. Spacious and very good economy, but the driviing position is uncomfortable with limited adjustment to the seat and the steering wheel too high.
TOYOTA AURIS 1.6 V-Matic TR 5dr  (Review date: 20th January '12)
For the money we chose this car as it fully ticks all the boxes. A 2 year old car for 8k It is big enough for the family the boot is fine for the double buggy drives as smooth as and has better reliability than the other average (Ford Vauxhall) OEM'S It does what the upper market manufacturers do at a fraction of the cost. The only critisism is the press dont give it what the Auris deserves It could not be more british built in Derbyshire BONUS
Auris Hybrid good in all respects except fuel consumption
TOYOTA AURIS 1.8 VVTi Hybrid T Spirit 5dr CVT Auto (Review date: 20th January '12)
Have now driven over 16,000 miles in the Auris since last May. It has proved to be a reliable easy to drive option which suites our lifestyle as a semi-retired couple with grand - children. Only disappointment is fuel consumption, which, having measured it carefully across this total mileage is averaging 50 mpg. This may be a reflection of the type of driving (mainly motorway up and down M6/M1/M25 where drive as fast as conditions allow) and where we live (highest spot in Staffordshire, where climbing hills wrecks any attempt at conserving fuel)
Good points: Comfortable and very smooth and easy to drive with CVT box (great in queuing in M1 roadworks and about town)
Bad points: Fuel consumption relative to claimed economy, although never had a car which has averaged 50 mpg before; sounds undergeared when accelerate hard?
TOYOTA AURIS 1.6 VVTi T3 5dr (Review date: 19th January '12)
I needed a 5 door car for the Charity work I do, 4 days a week. I had a 3 door Toyota, which my clients really liked except for the fact you cannot expect an 83 year old or a 73 year old to be flexible enough to climb in the back.
All my clients are very comfortable in the new car and comment how quiet and speedy the car is. Hopefully the Auris wll be as reliable as the Corolla which I had previously through Autotrader.
Not a grandad car
TOYOTA AURIS 1.6 VVTi TR 5dr (Review date: 19th January '12)
I upgraded due to the reliability of Toyotas and the solid build quality and so far I haven't been disappointed overall.
Its massive on the inside and even though you can't see the bonnet it is easy to gauge the location of the car when reversing, parking etc.
There are a few niggles: the hand brake doesn't feel as solid as I would like, and the rear view mirror seems a tiny but too small for the boot window, and even though I am now a non smoker I have just realised there doesn't seem to be an ash tray anywhere!!!
The engine is very smooth and quite, the ride to comfy. It is not a sports car nor does it pretend to be, although there is plenty of power and it always seems to want to zoom forward. I use it mainly for inner city driving and although the fuel economy isn't brilliant at rush hour it is not that poor. It gets to speed easily on the motorway and is happy to stay at a steady speed.
I live in an area with lots of potholes and speed bumps but the car takes them all in its stride.