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The Top Gear car review:Toyota Auris
On the inside
Layout, finish and space
This, surprisingly, is one department where the old car performed well. It had an unusually high, curvy console. But that’s gone now and in its place we have an upright slab of black plastic. Quite baffling, really. There’s nothing creative about it and although it might be fractionally more tactile, the Auris can’t hold a candle to the VW Golf - or indeed most other European rivals - when it comes to interior design and materials. Quality is beyond doubt, of course, but neither space nor layout is impressive (although new batteries mean the hybrid’s boot is bigger).