Toyota Auris Touring Sports Excel Hybrid (From York Press)

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The Toyota Auris Sports Hybrid is set to win over new fans

THIS week I relaxed, despite the first of Christmas, half-term parental office relocation and a leaking unit, which only to light when a distinctly patch appeared on the kitchen and I put my finger through the plaster.

So how I still managed to keep and carry on, you may well ask?

I’m not saying I was stressfree all the time, but I stepped inside my test car for the – the Toyota Auris Touring Hybrid – my woes seemed to

Unlike the water dripping the kitchen ceiling.

I had driven the some months earlier, and estate version matched it as the enjoyable petrol-electric hybrid car I driven.

A complete revision of the previous it makes driving a relaxing and experience with the added of some extra load

The long list of changes and have moved the Auris’s on to the extent that you might treat this as a new model.

You get what you expect from a of this ilk – four wheels, seats, a useful dualfloor and more is all standard fare. a glance at the spec sheet things have changed, A new wave of trim levels the result of focus groups, feedback and dealer recommendations.

The now starts with Active, up to the likely big-selling Icon, the self-explanatory Sport and the luxury Excel, tested here, at the top of the

As well as the climate control, USB and heated, electricallyadjustable mirrors are standard, even on Active Icon lays down a gauntlet to the opposition, with wheels, DAB radio, a touch-screen interface, Bluetooth connectivity, a camera, electric windows all leather-trimmed contact points in the and front fog lights.

This however, is a rangetopping Excel with larger 17-inch dual-zone climate control, seats including heating for the two, automatic lights and a full parallel-park assist with front and rear cruise control and adjustable seat lumbar support. glass and an autodimming rear-view are further perks.

As far as engines go, a choice of efficient small-capacity and diesel engines, plus a 1.6-litre petrol and Toyota’s excellent Hybrid Synergy

It’s the latter on test since the predictions are that 40 per cent of buyers will for the eco-conscious and road tax-free model. It is available in Icon and trim only.

Its drivetrain, to an automatic gearbox, is designed for silky-smooth transport around and suburban traffic battlegrounds. And exactly what it provides. wonder that more and taxi drivers are opting for mode of transport.

The hybrid does its thing by recouping from braking, always to have enough electric available where it’s needed and where it will the most fuel. After of development, it’s something of a It’s refined, reliable and – used as it’s meant to be – efficient.

It’s quite easy to use the motor as much as possible, by being smooth and not using throttle than you need to. In words, it’s encouraging you to and enjoy the fruits of the technology.

it is unlikely to achieve is the claimed of about 70mpg. I found a realistic figure to be no more in the mid-fifties when mixing and rural environments.

Three modes provide the levels of biasing the drivetrain more the 1.8-litre petrol engine or the motor.

Eco Mode is the halfway and generally the preferred option.

the drivetrain doesn’t provide is of pace above 50mph or so. Up to point it’s torquey but beyond there the noiseto- ratio, partially due to the standard variable automatic transmission encourages the revs to drift high and stay there, to count against the driving But a power button provides a slug of acceleration when needed.

The steering is pleasingly direct and compromised slightly by a lack of and the car rarely fails to feel

From the driver’s seat, the panel is well laid with clear views and buttons, and you do sit comfortably in the excellent

The optional Touch Go sat-nav is is one of the best systems available for and for the simple stylishness of the display.

touches like a particularly glove box and a deep central bin make up for slightly restrictive pockets, and rear legroom is

Toyota, known the world as a pioneer of the petrol-electric hybrid, is set to win more fans.

Toyota Auris Touring Excel Hybrid

PRICE: (Auris Touring Sports from £15,595)

ENGINE: hybrid with 1.8-litre petrol engine producing and electric motor generating

TRANSMISSION: electric continually transmission driving the front

PERFORMANCE: top speed 112mph; 0 to in 10.9 seconds

ECONOMY: combined

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