Toyota Auris Hybrid costs from £18,950
The hybrid car is available in two well-specced trims – T4 and T Spirit.
• climate control
• CD/MP3 player with USB
• electric windows
• heated door mirrors
• seven airbags
• stability and traction controls
• hill-start assist control
T Spirit costs from £20,700 and comes with:
• leather-and-Alcantara seats
• cruise control
• automatic headlights and wipers
• smart entry and start
• rear-view camera display in the rear-view mirror
Auris Hybrid: vital stats
The Auris Hybrid has a 1.8 petrol engine and an electric motor that combine to give a power output of 134bhp. Average fuel consumption is 74.3mpg and CO2 emissions are 89g/km when the car is fitted with 15-inch wheels.
When it's fitted with the optional 17-inch wheels, the Auris Hybrid is capable of 70.6mpg while emitting 93g/km of CO2.
At £18,950, the Auris Hybrid is not a cheap way into to hybrid motoring. It is only £555 less than the company's entry-level Prius and more than £2365 more than the cheapest Honda Insight.
Toyota says that Auris Hybrid is close in price to similarly specced rival cars fitted with two-litre diesel engines and says that Auris Hybrid customers and Prius Hybrid customers come from two distinctive groups.
'Prius customers want to make a statement,' said a Toyota spokesman. 'They tend to be style-led early adopters. Auris Hybrid customers will be interested in the mpg and they may also simply prefer a smaller car.'