Facelifted Toyota Auris unveiled, complete with new styling and engines and a revised interior
14 May 2015

The refreshed 2015 Toyota Auris gets a refreshed look and two new engines as part of its mid-life facelift.

The small family car gets a significant update to the front end with a new grille, redesigned headlights and a reshaped lower bumper.

At the side, the car appears slightly longer thanks to larger overhangs, while the rear is also restyled, with a more muscular bumper, relocated lights that now feature LEDs and a new chrome strip across the back.

Inside it gets a redesigned dashboard, with Toyota saying the lighting has been more cleanly integrated, and a more consistent shape and finish to the materials. Several details have been redesigned around the cabin, but the most notable addition is a new 4.2in touchscreen on the Hybrid model and higher grade trims.

Toyota has also made upgrades to the Auris's suspension and steering to improve the car's ride and handling, while several changes have been made to reduce the level of noise that makes its way into the cabin.

Full UK specifications will be announced closer to the car's UK launch, but two new grades, named Business Edition and Design, feature, as well as Toyota's Safety Sense Pack. This brings elements like a pre-collision system, lane departure system, automatic high beam lights and road sign assist.

The Auris gets two new engines as part of its facelift, with a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol and a 1.6-litre diesel joining the range.

The 114bhp 1.2-litre is claimed to offer a similar level of performance to a 1.6-litre petrol, and gets from 0-62mph in 10.1 seconds and has a top speed of 104mph. It has a claimed fuel economy of 60.1mpg and emissions of 109g/km. The automatic Multidrive S gearbox improves this to 61.4mpg and 106g/km.

The new diesel is a 1.6-litre D-4D unit and replaces a 2.0-litre version in some markets. It is a 110bhp unit and manages 0-62mph in 10.5 seconds and has a 118mph top speed. CO2 emissions are 104g/km, while the official fuel economy is 68.9mpg. Toyota has also extgended the servicing intervals on this engine.

The 1.4-litre diesel has also been upgraded to meet Euro 6 emissions regulations, while CO2 output has dropped from 99g/km to 89g/km.

The hybrid model remains unchanged, and is the lowest emitting model with CO2 emissions of 84g/km. Officials revealed that across Europe, the Auris Hybrid accounts for 50% of sales, and 64% of Auris Touring sales. The Auris had a 5.9% share of the B-segment market in 2014, up from 3.5% in 2012.

Prices have not yet been revealed, though are not expected to rise dramatically over the current version, which starts at £14,945 and goes up to £23,990.

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22 February 2015
It looks like the MG5GT 4door coupe thingy although admittedly better looking

23 February 2015
Seriously, where did Toyota buy those digital clocks? They might have been space age on a 1985 Starlet, but in 2015 they look cheap and natty.

23 February 2015
I'm assuming the clock must be some sort of retro hipster, Toyota Europe design team joke. Please, it must be, surely no one would seriously add those clocks in 2015......

 

 

 

23 February 2015
The interior was horrific need of a makeover and I'm not sure Toyota have done enough here. The last-generation Auris was comparatively futuristic inside. This still screams 90s with that cliff-edge fascia and dodgy clock.


"Work hard and be nice to people"

23 February 2015
It's hard to believe they didn't update the dashboard. We tried one once and it was the main reason we didn't even bother test driving the thing. It's not as though they didn't know people don't want to have flashbacks to the 1980s when they look at the dash.

23 February 2015
Is that enough these days to make it sell.....?

Peter Cavellini.

23 February 2015
Agree the clock looks a bit naf, it should have been integrated into one of the other LCD displays, however the rest of the dash looks fine to me, no worse than an astra, golf or focus to look at, they're all equally uninspiring really, though it wouldn't put me off the car or any of the other mainstream hatches, though currently a Mazda 3 would be my preferred choice.

23 February 2015
Its gone from the front, so hopefully the black section of the rear bumper, with its cheap Halfords type chrome trimming will have gone too.

24 February 2015
Tick tock I want the Corolla clock - Auris - stupid name and they lost an iconic model ditching the Corolla. As an ex rally man - I had so many years of dependable decent car with the name Corolla on the arse, now we get a fridge called Auris ..no thanks

what's life without imagination

24 February 2015
Do people rally get hung up on things like that? I guess so! Bigger problem for me is that there isn't a single interesting engine in the Auris. If it had a 1.6 Turbo with the option of a TRD upgrade, I'd consider it.
  • If you want to know about a car, read a forum dedicated to it; that's a real 'long term test' . No manufacturer's warranty, no fleet managers servicing deals, no journalist's name to oil the wheels...

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