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The Top Gear car review:Toyota Auris
For:Much improved design and dynamic sability
Against:The starting point wasn't exactly lofty, interior so-so, hybrid lacks conviction
What is it?
A new Toyota Auris. Well, a facelifted one. We’re sure you’re as excited by this as we are. But at least it’s quite a substantial set of mods, that includes revised suspension, an all new interior, lower kerbweight and some heavy body revisions. The roofline, for instance, has been dropped by a whopping 55mm. This in turn lowers the centre of gravity, reduces weight, improves aerodynamics and has benefits for fuel consumption and CO2.
The design looks much sharper with neatly pressed lines and that V-shaped nose actually gives the Auris a bit of visual identity. A bit. Trouble is, the Koreans, by which we mean Hyundai and Kia, have closed the gap completely in terms of quality, safety, image, equipment and engineering, are arguably further ahead in design, tend to be cheaper and have a bit more about them. Hmmm.