Toyota has announced a round of equipment upgrades for the Auris – starting with a new entry-level model named the Edition.
The Toyota Auris Edition joins the range at the exact same price as the out-going T2 base model, but includes a generous amount of extra kit. TR and SR trim levels carry on as before, but also benefit from additional standard features.
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Toyota Auris Edition: alloy wheels and heated mirrors
The Auris T2 is dead, and in its place comes the new Auris Edition.
The core specification remains the same: air conditioning and four-speaker stereo with USB input being the highlights. But on top of this, buyers of the entry-level Auris will now also get 16-inch alloy wheels and heated, retractable door mirrors – colour coded along with the door handles.
Sadly, stability control (VSC in Toyota speak) remains optional – a notable safety omission that means the Auris lags behind key rivals like the Ford Focus and VW Golf, for example. There is just the one engine choice for both three- and five-door Auris Editions – the efficient (if unrefined) 1.33-litre petrol with six-speed gearbox and start-stop. This returns a claimed 48.7mpg combined, with 135g/km CO2 emissions.
Toyota Auris TR: parking sensors and Bluetooth
Upgrades to the popular Auris TR focus on the addition of rear parking sensors as standard, alongside Bluetooth with voice control.
On top of this, pick the 1.6-litre petrol and you will also get cruise control included for free. The interior trim is now sportier across all versions, the 16-inch alloy wheels are a new design, and 1.4 D-4D turbodiesel and 1.6 petrol both benefit from analogue dials in place of cheaper digital items.
The existing equipment continues unaltered, so buyers will still receive climate control, a six-speaker stereo with USB connection, electric windows and front foglights. Stability control is a £357 option, though.
Pricing and availability
Rounding the range off is the Auris SR, which is only available as a 1.6-litre petrol five-door. It too gains cruise control and Bluetooth, while the 17-inch alloys, rear spoiler and dark-tinted detailing remain as before. But again, we’re disappointed Toyota hasn’t taken the opportunity to make stability control standard.
The revised Toyota Auris range goes on sale 1 May.
Prices start at £15,225 for the 1.33-litre Edition three-door, rising to £17,435 for the 1.6-litre SR five-door.
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