Toyota Auris Hybrid, to the test. What is the hybrid more logical and sensible to the market?

range of hybrid Toyota is one of the largest in the market, with a multitude of bodies and combinations of mechanical, from the small Yaris hybrid to the huge and ostentatious Lexus LS 600h L, a vehicle of representation of almost 500 BHP of power. However, where is concentrated the bulk of the sales hybrid is the Toyota Auris and the Toyota Prius. This week has passed by our garage Toyota Auris Hybrid. What is the hybrid more logical of the market? what We compraríamos before that a petrol or diesel equivalent?

The drive was a mere 1,400 km at the time of performing the test, so that their consumption could still estabiizarse something more.

When I picked up the Toyota Auris Hybrid at the headquarters of Toyota Spain, I found that he had just 1,400 km on the odometer. The car was released, with the filming just completed, so that their consumption could perhaps be stabilized more. Be that as it may, this Toyota Auris-finished Feel! was going to be my travel companion for a week. It would return with the double miles that I picked it up, so I was able to make a exhaustive test of consumption, as well as dynamics, and habitability.

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In the first place, I have to stress, that the Toyota Auris Hybrid is a car discreet. Outwardly, only the emblems of identification and the logo blue Toyota points out that under its hood beats a hybrid engine. For those who believe that the design of the Prius is too alien and too personal – but they want a hybrid the Auris Hybrid is an ideal choice. It is a simple compact five-door, but it is the only one on the market that has a gear train full-hybrid, without taking into account opponents with mechanical plug-in, such as the Volkswagen Golf GTE.

Aesthetically, it just differs from other Auris. You do not have the design so marked, and technology of a dedicated hybrid like the Prius.

face wash that the Toyota Auris has suffered just a year ago, he has been sitting well. Your front is now sharper, and he highlights some optical full LED, on the sides of a calender discreet and small. The lines of the compact japanese – manufactured in the Uk – are somewhat more marked, and I think that the wheel design 17-inch of our unity is really nice. The rear of the car stands out for some nice optical LED and a C-pillar rather angular, shutting down a car with some form of wedge.

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What differences are there with respect to an Auris petrol or diesel?

Although they are aesthetically identical cars – with the exception of some logos and emblems – the aerodynamic coefficient of the Auris Hybrid is of 0.28, compared to 0,29 of the Auris gasoline-powered or diesel. The difference possibly lies in the design of the lower, more aerodynamic in the case of the hybrid. The job of packaging the hybrid train on the part of Toyota has been outstanding, as they don’t steal cargo space, as opposed to what happened in its previous generation, which I tested five years ago already.

The readability of the instrumentation leaves much to be desired, and at certain hours of the day the sun causes annoying reflections.

level living inside, it is identical to any other Auris, with some peculiarities. In the first place, their instrumentation reflects the operation of the hybrid system by means of a potentiometer, which replaces the account turns. In the second place, lacks a lever changes the use, using a small color picker, dark grey. An elegant detail that frees up a lot of space in the center console, giving a sense more transparent to the driver. Complements a selector driving modes, using three buttons.

toyota-auris-hybrid-prueba-18-mdmThe rest of impressions of ergonomics and habitability are comparable to those of any Auris, but I want to do a small review as this is my first contact with the range Auris. My mate David made contact with several models of the range Auris last year, and here you can read his impressions. In 4,33 meters in length stands for a correct space for the passengers of the rear seats, which, without being the best in the segment allow a the journey is very comfortable, even over long distances, provided that they do not travel three people.

The design of the cabin is modern, with a few correct settings and qualities in the middle of the segment, despite of a slight failure of termination.

almost total absence of tunnel central and an electrical auxiliary power may also help. The squares front out for a good range and multiple regulations on seats and steering wheel. I miss some more lateral support in the front seats and I have to criticize some details of finishing, something improvable. In areas of the dashboard and doors there are some plastic burrs sharp, but do not tarnish the overall quality, that is situated comfortably in the middle of the segment a generalist.

toyota-auris-hybrid-prueba-28-mdmYes I complain about the finish Piano Black of the center console, which traps dust and grease from our fingers with too much effectiveness. All in all, the absence of physical buttons on the infotainment system Toyota Touch 2 & Go – despite not being the most logical choice in terms of haptic and usability – has given the cabin a more modern look and technology. The glove compartment is great – even though it is not lit or chilled – and in all the gates there is a capacity for bottles up to 1.5 litres.

The battery is located under the rear seat, and robs it of 5 litres of capacity to the fuel tank.

I like that there is no change in terms of load capacity with other Toyota Auris. Its previous generation looked diminished the capacity of the luggage compartment, while this Auris Hybrid has the same 360-litre capacity that the rest of the range Auris. The boot has a double bottom and has no spare wheel, just mount a kit puncture. By folding the seats is accomplished by a surface flat charge of 1,200 liters, easily accessible through a mouth of the boot very wide and comfortable.

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And what changes with respect to a Prius?

What has not changed with respect to the previous generation of Auris Hybrid is the train of hybrid drive, which shares with the Toyota Prius third generation, and the current Toyota Prius+. The system’s Hybrid Synergy Drive is the result of a combination between a motor 1.8 maximum torque of Atkinson cycle 99 BHP of power, and an electric motor of 82 HP. The bottleneck is the battery, hydride-nickel and 1.3 kWh of capacity. For this reason, their combined power is 136 HP, and not of the sum of the two powers.

The hybrid train of the Toyota Auris Hybrid is the same as that of the Toyota Prius and the third generation. Does not incorporate the advances of the new Prius.

channeling the power to the ground through a gear box CVT, that allows a 0 to 100 km/h 10.8 seconds and a head of 180 km/h. On paper, the average consumption approved is only 3.9 l/100 km This hybrid train is not the same that equips the new Toyota Prius, less combined power (122 HP) and an efficiency unmatched. Will have to wait for the next generation of the Toyota Auris. The Prius also has a best aerodynamic coefficient, the greater the trunk and greater interior spaciousness – it is also noticeably longer.

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the steering wheel of the Toyota Auris Hybrid: how much do you consume?

the driving experience of The Toyota Auris Hybrid is very similar to that of other hybrids in Toyota, in terms of acceleration and behavior of the mechanics, as refined and silent as always. To properly exploit its efficiency drive as we were taught in driving school, defensively and with anticipation. Drives like a car conventional automatic, but only takes full advantage of its efficiency if we pay some attention to the knob and not too heavy on the right foot.

It has four driving modes: Eco Mode, EV Mode, Power and a mode of driving standard.

Particularly in urban environments, is a car that conveys peace of mind, since the thermal engine is off while we are detained, and if we drive at low speed or with very little load, we drive mode 100% electric. Up to about 30 km/h the acceleration provided by the electric motor is enough on the flat. To gain more speed at a decent pace without hindering the traffic is not possible without the heat engine. Its entry into operation is barely perceptible. Is noiseor if you require an acceleration high.

toyota-auris-hybrid-prueba-44-mdmDue to the operation inherent to the gearboxes inverter continuous (CVT), the engine revs when we call for an acceleration stronger. His sound is perceived clearly and for some drivers it may be uncomfortable. The four-cylinder will not cease tingling which bumblebee angry if you are a heavy foot. The the transition between the regenerative braking and the braking hydraulic can surprise for the newbies. What is that of regenerative braking?, it may be that in these moments you be wondering.

Our unit was mounted on 17-inch wheels with tires Dunlop cut more dynamic, which, in theory, criminalize the consumption.

A hybrid recharging your battery without needing to be plugged in to the outlet. When desaceleramos or curb, the electric motor becomes a dynamo, charging the battery of the car. When you step on the brake pedal, increasing the regeneration of the dynamo, but if we press with greater force, the service brake comes into operation. Although the brake feel has improved – and on the Prius the fourth generation is almost perfect – it requires some adaptation and training, with the aim of avoiding impulsiveness.

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In some maneuvers at very low speed or in the face of unforeseen obstacles, we tend to depress more strongly the brake, and the transition to the service brake causes that sometimes “clavemos brakes”. In my urban cycle test – of which I have already spoken to a Toyota Prius and a Lexus RX 450h – this Toyota Auris Hybrid has consumed a average of 4.3 l/100 km. The urban consumption of around 4.5 l/100 km on average, and in certain routes favorable can be even lower. I have come to see 2.3 l/100 km in the city.

The consumption approved is lower in the versions Active and Business of the Auris Hybrid: mount tires narrower on 15-inch wheels.

Driving a hybrid is sometimes a game, looking for routes in which it is more easy to take advantage of the energy stored in the battery – up to a maximum of 2-2,5 km on the flat at a speed of 30 km/h. as long As we keep the needle of the knob to “ECO”, we are being efficient. If we are going to “Power”, we are stepping too hard on the accelerator. If we convert the efficiency into a game, we will achieve consumption of scandal. Yes, they compete against ourselves with a hybrid can be fun.

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And I said a firm advocate of the V8 high displacement, the manual changes and the fun behind the wheel. The Toyota Auris Hybrid is also able to get out of town, but it loses a lot of its advantages, as it is able to move in way 100% electrical. On highways and roads is a compact, gasoline-powered, although the battery supply from time to time power to the front. Highlights by a good insulation and a tare firm of suspensions, you don’t get to penalize you in absolute comfort on board.

The ECO mode softens the air conditioning and throttle response. As a side-effect, the car feels slower, heavier.

In a cycle extra-urban regular, consumption I have measured float between 5 l/100 km and 6 l/100 km Are consumption equivalent to that of an Auris 120T petrol engine with 116 HP, and yes, they are higher than that of an Auris with diesel engine. Although it may seem so, the Toyota Auris Hybrid is not a slow car or devoid of benefits. But such acceleration requires stepping on the accelerator, and many drivers can give them the feeling of being by forcing the machine. This occurs when “we’re off to curves”.

toyota-auris-hybrid-prueba-16-mdmThe Toyota Auris has a chassis with a tune-up, surprisingly good. Places the driving mode in the Power, and the response of the hybrid train will be fast. The step-by-curve surprises, avoiding bending over and with a funny point, thanks to a rear axle with that on occasions can play. The steering has a nice feel to it, precise and with a weight adjusted to the level of a Volkswagen Golf or a Ford Focus. If you’re a cape, you can even make the traction control flash at the exit of the curves. Don’t ask us why we know…

what Is the point of this compact hybrid?

It is a purchase ideal, especially if you cover many miles, in trips especially urban.

Taking into account that half of all Auris sold in Europe are hybrids, and in Spain we are going the way of the european average, I’d say yes. Yes, a compact hybrid makes all the sense in the world today. It is an option ideal if you are going to do a lot of city or all the mornings we swallow jams in the rounds of tawaaf. If you only do road and many miles, a diesel is a most suitable option. Another advantage of the hybrid is its operation refined, and fuel consumption very low if we strive a minimum.

toyota-auris-hybrid-prueba-36-mdmin Addition, in cities with regulated parking intelligent, hybrids pay less. When I had to park in the blue zone of Madrid, had a bonus of 10% with respect to the official rate. In a future already planned to be riddled with traffic restrictions and high emissions of NOx, a car with a tag energy and partial zero emission can be an ally, slipping out of many of the restrictions. Yes, it’s a smart buy, especially if we don’t go out usually to the urban jungle.

how Much does the Toyota Auris Hybrid?

Diesel, petrol or hybrid. Appreciates the use that you give the car, your annual mileage, and your driving style.

The range of the Toyota Auris Hybrid starts at 18,000 eur for the Business version, with a standard less that the version tested, but since includes climate control, cruise control or alloy wheels. The version tested belongs to the finish Feel!, below the top-line Advance. This version starts in 19.850 euros, although our unit was painted in a Grey Meteor metallic, which would bring its price in 500 euros with respect to its starting price.

toyota-auris-hybrid-prueba-6-mdmAmong other details, you have the system infotainment Toyota Touch 2 & Go with 7-inch screen or 17-inch wheels. However, it requires equipping it is optional, the provision of active safety, advanced, (pack Toyota Safety Sense, worth 700 euros) or the GPS navigator (600 euros). With respect to the Auris with motor 1.2 turbo equivalent and the same finish, the hybrid is 1,700 euros more expensive. But with respect to the diesel 111 BHP, is € 320 more affordable.

The decision is in your hand, and Toyota offers three different flavors for a compact highly capable.