Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Toyota Auris Sports Touring Excel Cvt Hybrid

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Toyota Auris Sports Touring Excel Cvt Hybrid

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Byline: Patrick James

HYBRIDS are very much in the public eye with Formula 1 racing cars adopting the technology this season and Toyota has been at the forefront of many innovations, not least the world's first hybrid car, the Prius.

Since its introduction in 2006, technology has moved on. Toyota has kept pace and again offers a world first with the hybrid estate version of the British-built Auris.

Like many estates, wagons or tourers these days, they often look better than the saloon or hatchback they are based on and Sport Tourer is no exception.

It has a sleek and slippery tapering design with inbuilt roof rails designed to cut drag for better handling and improved fuel consumption.

It features neat headlights and LED daytime running illumination. The Sport model includes includes a graphite colour on the lower grille and rear diffuser and a hybrid blue shade for the Toyota emblem on the bonnet and tailgate, plus a choice of 15 and 17-inch alloy wheel designs.

It has excellent practicality with the hybrid battery, which normally takes up a large chunk of interior space, cleverly concealed beneath the rear seats. This gives a maximum luggage space of 1,658 litres, 530 with the seats in place, and total load space extending beyond two metres.

Toyota's hybrid system combines a 1.8-litre 98bhp petrol engine with an 80bhp electric motor to produce a combined output of 134bhp. This gives the car both reasonable power and excellent economy.

At full hybrid throttle, the car reaches 62mph from a standing start in 11.2 seconds, but in traffic, the car can operate on electric power alone, producing zero CO2 emissions. The hybrid also cuts nitrous oxide emissions which are prevalent on diesel engines.

Otherwise together the two power units produce a total of 92g/km of CO2, making it cheap to run as a private buyer, but also attractive to company car users, with the lowest benefit in kind taxation and no road tax.

The drive is delivered via continuously variable transmission or CVT, which acts like an automatic, and is nominally more economical than a conventional automatic, but is much more raucous, particularly under hard acceleration. …

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