Toyota Auris Hybrid costs from 18,950

* Auris Hybrid on sale July 1 * Available in T4 and T Spirit trims * Only 500 less than Toyota Prius...

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18 May 2010 11:13 | Last updated: 14 Jun 2018 0:3

The Toyota Auris Hybrid will cost from 18,950 when it goes on sale in the summer.

The hybrid car is available in two well-specced trims T4 and T Spirit.

T4 features:
• 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
• Bluetooth
• 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.'