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Toyota Auris: Restyled, refined

2013-01-27 08:14

There’s a fresh new model at Toyota dealers right now – the name might be  familiar but the looks are very different. “It’s the Auris, Jim… but not as we know it.”*

There seems to be a fresh new approach to car design at Toyota of late under the watchful eye of president and chief executive Akio Toyoda and the new 86 sports car is a case in point. My goodness, if first impressions count, then the generation 2 Auris is one hell of a good-looker, especially from the front.

‘LIGHTER PACKAGE’

Glenn Crompton, vice-president of marketing, reckons: “It now looks a lot sharper and more distinctive. It’s lower and has a more dynamic stance but the revisions are much more than just skin-deep.

“The whole package is lighter, the handling and steering are sweeter thanks to tweaks to the suspension and electric power steering, and the car generally feels more nimble and responsive.

“It also still rides exceptionally well – if anything, it’s even more compliant.” 

Gallery images

The range for the South African market has been reduced from seven to five due, mainly because of the lack of diesel buyers to warrant their import, but if there’s enough interest you can be sure Toyota will source them on special order from their factory in middle England.

Still to come in the next few weeks is a hybrid petrol/battery version.

Toyota reckons there’s now more space and greater comfort for in the all-new cabin. The fascia has been re-designed and is certainly far more ergonomic within its new instrument binnacle. Controls, switches and levers are intuitive – I just wish they’d (all car companies, that is) standardize one or the other side for the indicator stalk and stick to it!

WHY NOT STANDARD BLUETOOTH?

The new Auris will be available in four ascending spec levels: X, Xi, XS and XR. Prices start at R195 000 and rise to R265 600 and, in the big scheme of things, are most definitely competitive. I must even the entry model appears generously equipped with aircon, power-assisted steering, remote-controlled central locking and a sound system with CD player and USB/iPod connection.

Toyota Auris models and 360 view

I really would have liked to see Bluetooth as standard fare to try to discourage people from driving and talking on a cellphone. Surely Bluetooth is vital for every car?

 Move up to the 1.6 XS mid-grade Auris and additional niceties include display audio, rear parking monitor with camera, six speakers, front sport seats, fog lights and, thank you, aforementioned Bluetooth.

In the flagship XR you really get the works with full leather upholstery, auto aircon, cruise control, front seat-warmers, lumbar support, auto lights, electro-chromatic rear-view mirror, keyless entry and push-button ignition.

SIX-SPEED MANUAL

A time-constrained and rather short (especially for Toyota!) test-drive showed the 1.6 to be a little wanting… still, we were up on the Reef and that saps any car’s engine power. No matter, on an open road you’ll need the cruise control (or brakes!) to avoid a ticket for exceeding the national speed limit.

On the return journey into the great metropolis that is Johannesburg I recorded average fuel consumption figures around 6.8 litres/100 km with the 1.6 XR and the (across the range) six-speed manual gearbox.

Potential buyers who might prefer to drive (sort of) auto will have to wait for the flagship constantly variable transmission version which should be available from the end of February.

*OK, all you 'Trekkers' out there. We know the line was never used in 'Star Trek', but it was too good not to use. - Ed.

PRICES (VAT included)
Auris 1.3 X - R195 000
Auris 1.6 Xi - R217 500
Auris 1.6 XS - R228 600
Auris 1.6 XR - R253 200
Auris 1.6 XR CVT - R265 600

The cars come with a three-year or 100 000km warranty, five-year or 90 000km service plan and ToyotaCare 24-hour roadside assistance.

2013 Toyota Auris specifications

Comments
  • Killbot79 - 2013-01-27 14:00

    No diesel, no bother. They are like the koreans, only 2 engines and overpriced like VW

      Killbot79 - 2013-01-28 08:39

      Thumbs down for speaking the truth?

      Killbot79 - 2013-01-28 08:39

      Thumbs down for speaking the truth?

      Killbot79 - 2013-01-28 08:39

      Thumbs down for speaking the truth?

      thando.gqabaza - 2013-01-28 11:03

      Not everyone wants to pollute the air .... What I want is a new 4A-GE engine

      thando.gqabaza - 2013-01-28 11:03

      Not everyone wants to pollute the air .... What I want is a new 4A-GE engine

      thando.gqabaza - 2013-01-28 11:03

      Not everyone wants to pollute the air .... What I want is a new 4A-GE engine

      Killbot79 - 2013-01-28 12:15

      Diesels produce lower CO2 emissions Thando

      Killbot79 - 2013-01-28 12:15

      Diesels produce lower CO2 emissions Thando

      Killbot79 - 2013-01-28 12:15

      Diesels produce lower CO2 emissions Thando

      thando.gqabaza - 2013-01-28 13:49

      Yes I am aware - lower CO2 but higher pollution. CO2 is not pollution , I'm talking about the black smoke that causes cancer - the European manufacturers that promote diesel over hybrids conveniently ignore this fact. Why are diesels banned in California ? Go do some research

      thando.gqabaza - 2013-01-28 13:49

      Yes I am aware - lower CO2 but higher pollution. CO2 is not pollution , I'm talking about the black smoke that causes cancer - the European manufacturers that promote diesel over hybrids conveniently ignore this fact. Why are diesels banned in California ? Go do some research

      thando.gqabaza - 2013-01-28 13:49

      Yes I am aware - lower CO2 but higher pollution. CO2 is not pollution , I'm talking about the black smoke that causes cancer - the European manufacturers that promote diesel over hybrids conveniently ignore this fact. Why are diesels banned in California ? Go do some research

  • athe.itis.3 - 2013-01-27 15:38

    The molten jellybean look is timeless...

  • stein.dewet - 2013-01-27 16:54

    nearly 200k for a 1300? WTF is happening in the motoring world? This piece of junk cannot even accelerate on a mild hill with aircon on? And still you get idiots to buy this shyte. A few years ago, a 1300 Tazz cost R17 000.00 to manufacture and roll off the production line. We had to pay close to R120k for the same thing. I wonder how much the government steal on the cost of this car.....

      deon.hamilton - 2013-01-29 04:58

      51% - 14% VAT and 37% Import/Export duties. As far as I know?

      deon.hamilton - 2013-01-29 04:58

      51% - 14% VAT and 37% Import/Export duties. As far as I know?

      deon.hamilton - 2013-01-29 04:58

      51% - 14% VAT and 37% Import/Export duties. As far as I know?

  • heinrich.etsebeth - 2013-01-28 08:07

    Good question... why no bluetooth? All of the budget cars comes out with standard bluetooth lately but everything above the R175k price range from the bigger manufacturers does not. It is pathetic

  • Dev.Oli4 - 2013-01-28 08:19

    Vir R265 000 kan jy 'n volhuis 2.0L Focus gaan koop.

      Killbot79 - 2013-01-28 12:16

      And the focus is a better looking car as well.

      Killbot79 - 2013-01-28 12:16

      And the focus is a better looking car as well.

      Killbot79 - 2013-01-28 12:16

      And the focus is a better looking car as well.

      thando.gqabaza - 2013-01-28 13:51

      IF you said Golf or Astra I would agree - the Focus is a mess styling wise. What's with that rear light ?

      thando.gqabaza - 2013-01-28 13:51

      IF you said Golf or Astra I would agree - the Focus is a mess styling wise. What's with that rear light ?

      thando.gqabaza - 2013-01-28 13:51

      IF you said Golf or Astra I would agree - the Focus is a mess styling wise. What's with that rear light ?

      Dev.Oli4 - 2013-01-29 12:52

      Lees MOOI!! Volhuis(Full House) gaan koop 'n Golf en jou lysie vir ekstras gaan baie lank wees!! en baie duurder.

  • de.stig.9 - 2013-01-28 09:21

    I’m raising funds for Toyota designers so that they can afford a ruler and an optometrist, click like/ dislike to donate.

      Killbot79 - 2013-01-28 12:17

      I think all the design schools closed down in the 80's that's why that ugly clock is still included.

      Killbot79 - 2013-01-28 12:17

      I think all the design schools closed down in the 80's that's why that ugly clock is still included.

      Killbot79 - 2013-01-28 12:17

      I think all the design schools closed down in the 80's that's why that ugly clock is still included.

  • niveshm - 2013-01-28 10:24

    Saw one last week at a dealer, it looks brilliant in the metal and the interior is a huge leap up however while the quality has risen, the spec does seem lower compared to the outgoing model (especially at the price) except in XR form. At all those who think its ugly, go check it out in the flesh

      de.stig.9 - 2013-01-28 16:29

      which toyota dealership you working for, i wanna deliver new glasses to you

      de.stig.9 - 2013-01-28 16:29

      which toyota dealership you working for, i wanna deliver new glasses to you

      de.stig.9 - 2013-01-28 16:29

      which toyota dealership you working for, i wanna deliver new glasses to you

      niveshm - 2013-01-28 18:18

      hate to disappoint but not a dealer, went there to complain about a few things and managed to catch one on the way out, maybe you should wear some glasses and go see one (jokes)

      niveshm - 2013-01-28 18:18

      hate to disappoint but not a dealer, went there to complain about a few things and managed to catch one on the way out, maybe you should wear some glasses and go see one (jokes)

      niveshm - 2013-01-28 18:18

      hate to disappoint but not a dealer, went there to complain about a few things and managed to catch one on the way out, maybe you should wear some glasses and go see one (jokes)

  • SirFGrumpy - 2013-01-28 11:41

    This vehicle is far too expensive, it won't sell in significant volumes. Pity but that's the truth of it!

      afrikeni - 2013-01-28 13:37

      The toyota sheep will buy it come what may. Look at the Etios, one of the best selling car is SA , eish.

      afrikeni - 2013-01-28 13:37

      The toyota sheep will buy it come what may. Look at the Etios, one of the best selling car is SA , eish.

      afrikeni - 2013-01-28 13:37

      The toyota sheep will buy it come what may. Look at the Etios, one of the best selling car is SA , eish.

      Killbot79 - 2013-01-28 13:44

      etios = one of the ugliest cars

      Killbot79 - 2013-01-28 13:44

      etios = one of the ugliest cars

      Killbot79 - 2013-01-28 13:44

      etios = one of the ugliest cars

  • arpegiator - 2013-01-28 16:35

    R195K for a 1.3?!?! How is that competitive? You can buy a top of the range KIA 1.4 for less. It's time people take a stand and say no unrealistic inflated car prices.

      dean.mark.williams - 2013-01-28 21:25

      How about over R200k for the 1.3 yaris?

      dean.mark.williams - 2013-01-28 21:25

      How about over R200k for the 1.3 yaris?

      dean.mark.williams - 2013-01-28 21:25

      How about over R200k for the 1.3 yaris?

      lloyd.macklin.5 - 2013-01-29 06:34

      arpegiator, I have the solution for you. Buy the Kia if it makes you happy.

      lloyd.macklin.5 - 2013-01-29 06:34

      arpegiator, I have the solution for you. Buy the Kia if it makes you happy.

      lloyd.macklin.5 - 2013-01-29 06:34

      arpegiator, I have the solution for you. Buy the Kia if it makes you happy.

  • MuhammadSheikOumar - 2013-01-29 12:12

    Ford Focus money for a Toyota...Are they mad? R253000 is a ridiculous price for an ordinary 1.6 engine. Get real Toyota.

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