Toyota Auris range revised

15 May, 2014 2:00pm Jordan Bishop

Updated Toyota Auris range now on sale ahead of June deliveries, priced from £14,945

Toyota has spiced up the Auris as part of a minor mid-life refresh, which sees both the compact five-door hatchback and Touring Sports estate on sale now with revised trim line-ups and added kit.

First deliveries are scheduled for June, and customers will once again have a choice of four spec levels, however mid-range Sport makes way for Icon Plus, which joins the now familiar Active, Icon and Excel.

Slotting just below the flagship line, Icon Plus (£18,445-£22,645) builds on Icon trim, offering new 16-inch alloys, rear privacy glass and a folding function for the electrically adjustable door mirrors. A new ‘Tungsten Blue’ metallic paint is also available for £495, offering an added touch of exclusivity to help the latest model stand out.

Inside, the driver and front passenger will enjoy heated sports seats complete with electric lumbar support tech, while petrol and hybrid models get cruise control. 

As part of the changes, Toyota has taken the opportunity to expand the availability of its hybrid powertrain in the British-built Auris. Whereas the outgoing Sport trim only came with petrol and diesel engines, Icon Plus joins the Icon (£17,645-£21,745) and Excel (£21,495-£23,990) ranges in offering the Japanese manufacturer’s Hybrid Synergy Drive unit.

The Auris is also the latest model to benefit from the new second-generation Touch 2 infotainment system, fitted as standard on Icon. Opting for either Icon Plus or Excel will add satellite navigation and advanced connectivity levels to this touchscreen package. 

Optional extras include a panoramic roof for the two top-of-the-range trims, four custom alloy designs, whilst leather upholstery is available on all variants bar the entry-level Active spec (£14,945-£17,395). For £250, a new Chrome Pack from Icon upwards adds chrome side sills and boot details, too.

Price increases across the range following the update start at £50 on standard models and rise to a maximum of £800 on the Excel 1.4 D-4D diesel Touring Sport.

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It's a shame they didn't add a plug-in hybrid or more diesel options. It's a very nice looking car but for a mid-sized estate a 90 horsepower/205Nm torque diesel engine is a little on the small side.

Toyota should give Auris\Yaris some strong engines to breathe some drama back in cars that don't stand for much more than their "bullet-proof" reliability.
A less angular and edgy look may also be appreciated by a wider audience. I respect Toyota technology but truth is hybrid is not everyone's cup of tea.

I'm glad they haven't touched the styling - the current Auris is a very good looking car in my opinion.

A plug-in hybrid, the new BMW diesel they've dropped into the Verso and a new interior would work wonders for the Auris, that and a price cut.

Good cars but there not VAG - sorry VW Group - machines are they lolz?!

After all the Leon, Golf and most recently (and wierdly) the Octavia 4x4 are 5* cars remember.


Surprised we haven't had the VW or Skoda dealers on as usual slagging off the rival cars too?