Toyota Auris 1.4 D4-D Icon: One Minute Test Drive Review
21 April 2013
Author: Jack Carfrae
What's new: We tested the new hybrid Auris earlier this year and now it's the 1.4-litre diesel's turn. Lower and lighter than the previous model, it has also been redesigned to better resemble fellow Toyotas such as the Avensis.
Excellent: For costs and equipment, the Auris is hard to beat. The mid-spec Icon model tested here gets the likes of a reversing camera and Bluetooth as standard and offers 72.4mpg and 103g/km (a 99g/km diesel is also available) - all for £18,495.
Good: The Auris is quiet and comfortable. Toyota made a series of updates to the suspension for this model, so it rides well and is reasonably refined.
Average: Despite claims of better quality materials and a more upmarket cabin, the majority of the interior, though robust, is nowhere near the levels of mainstream rivals such as Ford or Volkswagen.
Poor: Although better it's still as dull as dishwater to drive.
Verdict: Bland, but cost-effective and a logical choice as lower medium hatchbacks go.