Is this the smartest new hatch in town…Auris it just me? Being a Toyota, low running costs and peerless reliability are the cornerstones of this model, but that’s not all the newcomer has to offer.

Decidedly piquant exterior styling, coupled with a revamped ‘superfine’ cabin and a driving experience that is palpably more focused than its predecessor, mean that the new Auris is a head-turning car that’s just as comfortable tackling the twisties, as it is taking on the might of the school run.

The Auris customer seeks a balance between rational and emotional needs – on the one hand you need a safe, practical and economical vehicle, however, you also want a vehicle that excites and creates an emotional connection, to ultimately serve as a reward for working hard and making smart choices in life. Auris gives you this and more.

Powering the Auris range is a choice of three engines. A 1.3-litre petrol unit producing 73kW at 6000rpm and 128Nm of torque at 3800rpm and propelling the Auris 1.3 from 0-100km/h in 12,6 seconds and on to a maximum speed of 175km/h. Fuel consumption is pegged at 5,8l /100km for the combined cycle.

A 1.6-litre petrol unit producing 97kW at 6400rpm and 160Nm of torque at 4400rpm and dispatching the 0-100k/h sprint in 10 seconds. Top speed is clocked at 200km/h. The 1.6 manual consumes an average of 6,2l /100km in the combined cycle; the 1.6 CVT is, even more, economical, averaging just 6,0l / 100km.

With a 1.8 Hybrid sitting as the flagship in the range, tailored for those who seek ultimate eco-conscious ability encapsulated in a more traditional hatchback format.

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