Toyota’s Auris is by no means a design statement but its predictable styling should not put you off. External beauty can be overrated.The Auris charms lie inside; the redesigned interior is much improved and the quality is particularly impressive. The driving position is good and it is comfortable and spacious throughout. There’s also more space in the boot – 360 litres with the rear seats in place. Thanks to repositioning of the battery unit under the rear bench, the Hybrid benefits from the same increase as the rest of the range. The Toyota Auris is offered with a 1.33 and 1.6 petrol, a 1.4 D-4D diesel and a hybrid. The fuel-sipping hybrid is one to opt for city driving but on long-distance drives it is no more economical than many rival diesel cars.
Starting Price: €18,995
Our Opinion: Smart, comfortable and reliable, the Auris is the one to opt for if low running and maintenance costs are high on your shopping list. Auris fans will love the new model but it’s doubtful it will woo too many new buyers to the marque.