Toyota Auris hybrid is a city champ — IOL Motoring |

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Toyota Auris hybrid is a champ

The XR flagship model its status with 17-inch alloy wheels and a panoramic


Despite the fact that hybrid cars have available to South Africans for now, buyers have been tripping one another up in a to the showrooms.

Toyota has taken a brave bet then, by introducing a into the Auris range offering a diesel alternative time around.

Mother will no doubt welcome the and some potential buyers feel inspired to unchain from the trees they’re to save.

You see, while diesels less juice and emit CO2 than petrols, that is eroded to an extent by the additional gasses that oil-burners Petrol-electric hybrids, with super-stingy consumption, ultimately the best of both worlds but tend to be priced for the privileged.

hybrid drivetrain works in the city, where our test car just 5.3 litres per 100km.

said, the new Auris HSD models are not too far above the diesel norm in fact they undercut similarly-sized diesel hatchbacks, also offering enough kit to you feel like you’ve your money on more just batteries and a fancy on the dashboard.

Even the entry-level XS, at R300 buys you climate control, screen audio system reverse camera, rain-sensing and keyless start. As they to do, Toyota gave us the fancy This R326 200 XR spices up with Ice Grey leather dual zone climate cruise control and a panoramic roof so you can see all the smog in the sky emitted by and power stations.

Hybrid also have their own instrumentation with blue and other unique decorations to you feel part of the hybrid In all it is more elegantly finished the conventional Auris models and you even have to give up any space as the battery is perched the rear seat.


Another thing car comes with is a way of manipulating you to more economically. Instead of a rev you get a gauge that tells you you’re in ‘eco’ or ‘power and it soon becomes a challenge to the system in a frugal state of

Of course, you’re assisted by an motor that supplements the Atkinson Cycle petrol and even replaces it at lower when it has sufficient charge. claims the HSD can chug along on power alone for up to 2km at speeds of up to I never quite quite 2km and found that it would add petrol power between 30 and but consumption was still mightily Despite creeping into mode on many occasions in to keep up with traffic, the car 5.3 l/100km in city traffic.

Ice Grey leather dashboard give the flagship a more feel.


While its eerily nature makes town an absolute pleasure, and even amusing at first, the drivetrain a strained sound on the highway and to be worked hard to maintain speeds on inclines.

The hybrid which is mated to a CVT continuously gearbox, boasts a total output of 100kW, which allow a 10.9 second run and 180km/h top speed.

An extensive journey at 120km/h procured an consumption of 5.2 l/100km, which again proves that the hybrid advantage is in city

The Auris HDS is quiet, comfortable, and sniffs each drop of like it’s the last on but is it a better proposition than a model? Let’s just say it’s not an instant winner in the stakes, and its open road certainly lets it down to a extent, but if most of your takes place in urban then this is probably the hybrid model that’s been worth a look-in.

Auris HSD XR (100kW) — 200 (XS R300 800)

Audi A3 SB 1.6 TDI S — R329 000

Ford Focus 2.0 TDCi 5dr — R275 500

Honda 1.6i DTEC 5dr (88kW) R308 900

Mercedes-Benz A180 CDI — R350 500



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