I bought an AURIS SR as a downsize from an AVENSIS.I have owned three Toyoto cars and have been extremely pleased with them ,no problems whatsoever.The AURIS is great to drive,it looks very stylish and I have had several enquires from other drivers regarding it's merits.Sadly like several other reviewers the car's brakes squeal when touched lightly at slow speeds.It has been back to the dealer twice,but is booked for a further check.I understand from a mechanic this is quite a problem and TOYOTA are aware of this.Lets hope for third time lucky.
Had a longish test drive of a manual 2.0 litre diesel Auris very recently. Was initially pleased with lots of things, eg gearshift/clutch smoothness, reasonably nice engine, good packaging, OK seats. But then it slowly dawned on me just how appalling was the steering - skittish, inaccurate and in my view verging on the dangerous. I couldn't have contemplated owning a car with something so important so fundamentally wrong even if that was its only fault. What do Toyota think they are up to?
Jim Bowman Harrow
I got this car because I work visiting people in rural and urban areas. I needed a car which was big enough so that my children (6ft 2inch and 5ft 10inch) would fit in. Unfortunately because I am 6ft and my husband 6ft 2inch we have to have the seat all the way back. The interior of the car is a good size and my son with his 34 inch legs can get in. It is a little tight (but acceptable on short journeys). If the passenger seat is moved forward a little he has found it comfortable on a long drive. The boot is smaller than previous cars we've had as all the volume seems to be vertical it needs a bit of rethinking when getting the luggage in. Driving is comfortable and as the seat is quite high off the ground I find it easy to get in and out (which I have to alot) with my bad knees. The vision through the front window is impaired when looking right and left and I have twice had both a cyclist and a car obscurred from my view. This could have been dangerous. The MPG has been good. Since I got the car in January I have averaged 53 MPG. I have once managed to achieve 65mpg average on one long trip of 200 miles but this is not the norm. My husband achieves slightly less than me. The most iritating thing is that it doesn't have a clock for passengers. There is a clock on the dash but it's only visible if you're not using the other options (current MPG etc). Performance is good. It pulls away well and there's plenty of overtaking power. Overall I'm very happy with the car.
After 6mths of Auris ownership I can say is + ideal family hatch. Roomy, especially the backseat, although the centre console can be an obstacle in certain situations. + 1.4 d4d makes approx 45-50mpg - needs to be pushed hard when overtaking + nice interior (compared to the much glorified golf, focus & astra) -cheap plastic of a/c controls (would have been nicer if chromed) + contemporary looks will stand time - some chrome on front grill would give it a classier look
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