What is it?
At Autocar we think cars should be fun to drive. This rule applies whether we’re discussing sports cars or family hatchbacks, which is why we're so fond of the Ford Focus and the Volkswagen Golf.
Dynamically the Auris has left us cold, but for this latest version Toyota has reworked the suspension and steering to sharpen things up. There’s also the new 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine we’re testing here, as well as a new 1.6-litre diesel to go with the existing petrol, diesel and hybrid offerings.
With a new grille that extends into revised headlights, plus restyled front and rear bumpers and LED tail-lights, Toyota has also aimed to give it a more purposeful look.
It’s safer, too, because you can now opt for a package that adds lane assist, automatic high-beam headlights, road-sign display and collision avoidance.