Does Toyota's Auris Hybrid out Prius the Prius? —

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Last week in we had opportunity to sample Toyota’s and UK-market Auris Hybrid, and away impressed with its dynamics, aesthetics, and functionality, not to a compelling spec sheet.

so special about its specs? For the freshly minted Auris improved mpg and CO2 emissions over the Prius, plus it has a more rear suspension, tends to be a tad and more nimble-footed as delivered, and it around 4,000 euros

What’s not to like? Does the Hybrid out Prius the Prius?

Hybrid gets same as Prius and Prius v.

The answer is not . but there is some serious The Auris Hybrid – offered as a and wagon and with non-hybrid as well – borrows from the Liftback its 1.8-liter Atkinson-cycle paired with electric to create Toyota’s proprietary Synergy Drive” (HSD).

dimensions put the Auris in the C-segment compared to the D-segment (midsized) but the Auris is not that small. 8 inches shorter than the 0.6-inches wider, and not nearly as as the 19-inch shorter, 2-inch Prius c with its 1.5-liter HSD

That it offers competition to the was not just our wild idea Others we spoke to commented and Toyota of Europe Toyota Communication Senior Manager Eelen helped point out and cons between the apple-to-orange

Ellen conceded the Auris does have some but the Prius stands strong as a to die-hard fans.

“The Prius customer, who was buying the car for its tech credentials, iconic etc. has proven to be very to the Prius badge, in spite of arriving,” said Eelen.

The Prius is now called the Liftback, and has been spun off into the market, identically bodied hybrid version (shown).

The version of the Auris on the other is just one variation of a line of built on the same platform as the Eelen said to many the Auris Hybrid looks any other Auris on the road – may come with powertrains a 1.33-liter gas engine, a 1.6-liter gas a 1.4D-4D diesel engine and a diesel engine.

This the Auris (see specsheet ) is some would-be Prius as they can’t help but a vehicle introduced as a 2013 that’s newer in its product cycle and with certain making it for some, a no-brainer.

“I don’t know whether would dilute the Prius in the U.S. if it were ever said Eelen, “but in we have definitely seen the type of customer who used to buy for predominantly practical reasons, switched to Auris.”

In response, Toyota Product Communications Maurice Durand confirmed is open to prospects, would say never,” but has no plans at present to the Auris and myriad issues need to be sorted first. His also is the Auris Touring wagon would indeed Prius v sales, and perhaps similar could be said of the Hybrid Hatchback?

They would give hybrid something extra to think …


We can only speculate how the Hybrids would test but we do know how they compared to the Prius (see specsheet ) and the of the Prius v in the UK.

Auris Hybrid

U.S. spec Prius

And, the Auris “Touring” – see specsheet ) – not as spacious as the larger and 7-seat “Prius+” (Prius v) but roomy and nicely styled – is at 76.3 mpg and 85 g/km CO2. is 10-percent higher mpg compared to the of 68.9 mpg and 96 g/km for the UK-market v (see specsheet ).


By 2012 when the Auris was first shown, had learned lessons from the Prius launched globally in Toyota’s engineers made adjustments as they updated and the Auris models to be sold the Prius.

Although utilizing the powertrain, the Auris’ eCVT “is set up to have a more linear between acceleration and engine which also helps the feeling of power,” said

This is partly why we thought it quicker but isn’t. Toyota the accelerator pedal and eCVT so that at lower speeds, response is a bit more direct in the which adds to the way the power is

Auris Hatchback – Notice a resemblance to the Lexus CT hybrid ?

the Auris does lag behind 0-100 kph. The Prius has clocked at 10.4 seconds and the 10.9.

Why? The Auris’ of drag is 0.28 versus the Liftback’s 0.25, so that may into it as does the powertrain which while feeling more responsive is actually not as quick.

This said, the gets up and goes to highway speeds and beyond and regardless the clock may say, the seat of the impression is that it’s not too pokey.

It’s also a very car to just get in and drive and it looks like a regular car than the if that’s of value or not.

The is also somewhat quieter the Prius when on the boil, and with standard lower 17-inch tires, optional leather-wrapped steering wheel thumb rests at 2 and 10 o‘clock, and bolstered perforated leather it feels more sporty.

We the fully loaded “lounge versions of the regular Auris and the Auris Touring Sports, but says commonly selected options tend to see the Auris in lighter.

Toyota Auris

Auris Hybrid grade (top-line).

“Like for the Auris hybrid is a bit lighter the Prius – a full spec weighs about 1,390kg pounds), a full spec 1425kg (3,142 pounds),” he

Eelen did note however the entry level Prius is 11 lighter than the entry Auris (1365kg vs 1370kg), due to a in base specifications, including wheels, etc.

Improved response and resistance to understeer was noticeable in the hatchback. The Auris has a quicker steering ratio and in it has a full double-wishbone suspension of the Prius’ torsion beam

This is not to say the car is any threat to the VW GTI or other hot but we’re comparing it to the Prius, and sibling has benefited from its brother.

All told, the Auris and for a super frugal car bigger a Prius c, much more to the regular Prius, but with a car’s mpg, we were not to admire what Toyota had


Comparing a European car that is not even offered in the must be taken with wiggle room built in, but the Hybrid does pencil out for

Prices vary from to country in Europe but taking as a basis, the Auris Hybrid at around 23,000 euros whereas the Prius Liftback at around 26,800 ($35,293).

emphasized that as a D-segment the Prius in the minds of many replaces the Avensis Liftback which is no longer available and the is perceptibly a different animal.

us, the Auris is the successor of the old Corolla which has been part of our since the eighties,” Eelen

Also, the specifications between the two are not fully aligned. The Prius has high-tech spec even its base-grade, such as head-up where the Auris has a more equipment level.

Bottom Line

While not necessarily as competitors, they are as European Prius buyers shown in switching to the Auris in cases, while in others

The Auris benefits from newer, feels crisper, and its is a matter of personal tastes, for our part we rather like.

We of no plans for Toyota to introduce the here, but meanwhile the next-generation is expected to re-establish dominance, if it was in doubt.

“Expect a massive forward with the new Prius is arriving in a few years time, will place it firmly of its segment again,” said

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