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The Top Gear car review:Toyota Auris
What is it like on the road?
The best advice we can give is not to buy the hybrid model. Yes, we know it looks tempting with emissions of 85g/km and the promise of 76.3mpg, but you’ll never get that. In fact the battery can deliver enough juice for a mere 1.25 miles of electric motion and when running on petrol it’s not that pleasant. The 1.8 petrol is too raucous and it’s teamed with a CVT gearbox, our least favourite sort. The best we saw was 49.3mpg. It’s a shame that Toyota, which has done more to promote hybrid than anyone, isn’t doing more to advance the technology. The 1.4 diesel is a preferable all round car.
All models do driver with a bit more precision and control, though. The ride is composed and although there’s more road noise than is ideal, on the whole it strikes a good, if dull, balance.