First Golf-sector hybrid comes close to matching Prius on price
19 May 2010

Toyota has confirmed prices and specs for its new Auris Hybrid - and the five-door is set to run its bespoke Prius stablemate close on more than just fuel economy.

The Auris Hybrid will be available in two specs: T4 and T Spirit. When fitted with 15-inch wheels the car will return 74.3mpg and emit 89g/km of CO2; the optional 17-inch wheels change those figures to 70.6mpg and 93g/km.

Toyota is continuing to pitch its hybrids at the upper areas of family car pricing, rather than Honda’s cheaper Insight. As as a result the Auris Hybrid will cost from £18,950 for a T4 model; that’s barely £500 less than the base Prius. The range-topping T Spirit Auris Hybrid will cost £20,700.

Toyota claims a 0-62mph time of 11.4sec and a top speed of 112mph for the Auris, which combines a 1.8-litre petrol powerplant with an electric motor.

The base T4 spec includes air-con, six-speaker audio, USB and AUX-in sockets, and LED daytime running lights. T Spirit adds leather/Alcantara upholstery, cruise control, Bluetooth and rain-sensing windscreen wipers.

The Auris Hybrid is available to order now; deliveries will start in July.

Our Verdict

Toyota Auris 2007-2012

The Toyota Auris is a spacious, but unspectacular attempt at a high quality Golf rival. Only the availability of a hybrid lifts it from obscurity

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19 May 2010

I really don't see the point of this car if it isn't going to be affordable. If it's the same price as a Prius, why not just buy a Prius?

(Better yet get a Volkswagen Golf BlueMotion for £820 less, Audi A3 TDIe for £945 less or a SEAT Leon Ecomotive and save up to £2,205. They all emit less than 100 g CO2 / km. If you must have a hybrid and can put up with emissions of 101 g CO2 / km then save £2,625 and get a Honda Insight!)

19 May 2010

[quote Dark Isle]I really don't see the point of this car if it isn't going to be affordable. If it's the same price as a Prius, why not just buy a Prius?[/quote]

Because the Auris Hybrid does not come with all the baggage and image associated wth the Prius. In fact it has no image at all.

19 May 2010

Toyota have just created the worlds most boring car. Pointless!

19 May 2010

[quote Dark Isle]

I really don't see the point of this car if it isn't going to be affordable. If it's the same price as a Prius, why not just buy a Prius?

[/quote]

I agree, the Prius generally has a positive image these days. The only Toyota still with a positive image?

19 May 2010

[quote Lee23404]I agree, the Prius generally has a positive image these days. The only Toyota still with a positive image?[/quote] I'd say the Yaris, iQ, Rav4, Aygo and classics like the MR2 and Celica each have a positive image. I reckon it's only the Urban Cruiser, Auris and Avensis that suffer in this area, really.

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19 May 2010

[quote Mini1][quote Lee23404]I agree, the Prius generally has a positive image these days. The only Toyota still with a positive image?[/quote] I'd say the Yaris, iQ, Rav4, Aygo and classics like the MR2 and Celica each have a positive image. I reckon it's only the Urban Cruiser, Auris and Avensis that suffer in this area, really.[/quote]

Actually Mini I agree with you about the Aygo, forgot about that one. The rest you can keep.

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