Even when you’re driving in the default ECO mode the HSD will switch to EV mode at less than 50km/h. Though it will switch to petrol if you’re too aggressive on with the accelerator pedal regardless of how slow you’re going. The strength of the Hybrid engine will only come to the fore, when you notice you’ve barely made the fuel gauge drop courtesy of the HSD’s frugal fuel economy of 3.8 litres/100km (claimed).
GREEN POWER: The Auris HSD presents an affordable hybrid offering in South Africa's C segment market.
Typical of Toyota, the interior is dark grey with cloth upholstery specific to the XS. Leather upholstery is standard on the XR. Standard kit available in the XS model includes climate control, steering wheel controls, power windows, LED running lights and seven airbags. The XR has all of the above but adds cruise control, light-sensing headlights, automatic wipers and auto-dimming rear view mirror with reversing camera.
INTERIOR DESIGN: The blue instrumention lightting and gear lever is a nice touch, though I'm still bothered by the Auris' arched gear shift position