The new Auris recently arrived and the brand new body shape is truly welcomed. Not only does the new car look fresh, it also has a lot of sporty lines. The interior has pretty much been revamped, too.
The Auris is a good looking car, no doubt about that. The front bumper, grill and projector headlights give it a much sportier appearance than that of its counterparts. The 16″ wheels, wrapped in 205/55 tires, fill the arches reasonably well, but I would have personally preferred a 17″ wheel at least on this model. This would have complimented the looks even more adding to it a slightly firmer ride. A minor trade-off I guess.
Powering this XR model is a double overhead cam 1.6l engine that makes a pretty healthy 97kw and 160nm torque. It is, however, mated to a CVT gearbox and as most of you would think that this could be a bad choice. You would be dead wrong and I can assure you that this model is very smooth and I must say that I actually prefer this CVT gearbox.
The XR is Toyota’s top of the line Auris model and, as you can imagine, it is decently specced. From a touch screen multimedia interface, to navigational support (not fitted) which also plays USB and streams via Bluetooth. The hands free setup is also incredibly easy to setup. The 6 speakers sound pretty good and stay relatively clear almost to full volume.
The black heated leather seats are comfortable and offer good lateral support for a seat that was not intended to be sporty. I tend to feel that there is a slight hint of Lexus through the cabin, with its red backlight lighting, the soft touch dashboard and leather wrapped steering wheel.
As with most automatic vehicles, they tend to be a little heavier on the consumption side of the spectrum and, to be honest, I expected worse figures from this model. The tank holds 50 liters and we constantly saw 14.8km/l on the multi-function computer during our mixed driving test. This to me was pretty good, all things considered, including the 1830kg gross weight of the vehicle itself. The boot space is also a rather generous 360l, with the seats up, which is fantastic.
The Auris is loaded with safety features; dual front airbags, side airbags, curtain airbags and even a knee airbag. On top of that, the normal things like ABS, EBD, TCS and Emergency Brake Assist are also standard on the Auris. Our model was fitted with a keyless option with an integrated immobilizer.
There is also an alarm present on all models.
Sure, the Auris is not supercar fast as 0-100km/h times are claimed at 11 seconds, but let’s look past this. The Auris is just such an easy-to-live-with car, which the majority of people would love right off the bat. The XR is the top of the range model and with prices starting at R253 200 for the manual and R265 600 for the CVT model, it makes a great option for those who want a little extra in their cars. All Auris’ also carry a 3 year 100 000km warranty and a 5 year 90 000km Toyota-Care plan.
For more info, check out www.toyota.co.za