Updated Toyota Auris now on sale

  • New and updated engines
  • More power, lower CO2 emissions
  • Revised range on sale now
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Toyota has upgraded its Auris small hatchback, with new or improved engines and a simplified range structure.

The biggest change is an all-new 1.6-litre petrol engine, called Valvematic that takes over from the 1.6 VVT-i. Updated valve technology means that the new engine is more efficient, while power is up by 8bhp to 131bhp.

Average fuel economy improves from 40.9mpg to 43.5mpg and CO2 emissions are down from 166g/km to 153g/km.

A six-speed manual gearbox now comes as standard, but there's the option of Toyota's six-speed Multimode transmission, which allows sequential manual changes using paddle gearshift controls, or an automatic mode.

Fuel consumption for the Multimode model rises to 45.6mpg, while CO2 emissions drop to 146g/km.

The 1.33 VVT-i petrol version with engine stop/start that was introduced in late 2008 remains unchanged, but every diesel engine has been updated.

The 1.4 D-4D gets 8% more torque, but 6% better fuel economy at 60.1mpg, while CO2 emissions have dropped from 132g/km to 125g/km.

The 2.0 D-4D now has a diesel particulate filter and returns an extra 4.7mpg on average, while CO2 emisssions drop from 151g/km to 138g/km.

The high-performance 2.2 D-CAT 180 model has a 1.5mpg boost, with CO2 emissions down from 164g/km to 158g/km.

There are now four trims to choose from in a simplified line-up: T2, TR, T Spirit and SR180.

Prices start at 12,900 for the 1.33 VVT-i T2 3dr and rise to 18,965 for the 2.2 DCAT SR180 5dr.