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Toyota Auris Stop & Start: Test Drive

Date: 27 April 2009   |   Author:

Category: Lower medium
P11D price: £13,870
Key rival: Ford Focus

Toyota is the latest brand to add stop-start technology to its range.

The Auris one of three models to be fitted with a new 1.3-litre 100PS engine, complete with the technology that cuts the engine when the car's at a standstill.

It's as slick as any of the systems out there, impossible to catch out and, in a new innovation, actually features a clock that ticks along to show how long the stop-start has been active for. It's a neat little feature, especially as the time begins to mount up from second to minutes and even hours, and highlights the system's worthiness and effectiveness.

The Auris Stop & Start is one of the few upper medium petrol models to get below 140g/km for a 15% BIK banding. While it never feels powerful, the 100PS engine is enough for the Auris in urban situations, although drivers of models with more go might feel they're missing out on higher-speed roads.

As usual with Toyota, the Auris enjoys a decent cost per mile figure, which in this case is 33.7p.

Toyota Auris 1.33 TR Stop&Start 5dr
P11D price£13,870
Model price range£12,900-£18,965
Fuel consumption48.7mpg
CO2 (tax) 135g/km/15%
BIK 20/40% per month£35/£69
Service interval10,000mls
Insurancegroup 4
Boot space (min/max)354/761 litres
Engine size/power1329cc/102PS
Top speed/0-62mph109mph/13.1secs
On sale Late 2008
VerdictOne for the economy fan
rather than driving enthusiast,
but Auris does what is
expected and does it well


One for the economy fan rather than driving enthusiast, but Auris does what is expected and does it well