Toyota Auris Hybrid, tested. Is the most logical and sensible hybrid market?
The range of hybrids Toyota is one of the largest in the market, with plenty of body and mechanical combinations, from small hybrid Yaris to enormous swanky Lexus LS 600h L, a saloon representing nearly 500 hp. However, where the bulk of hybrid sales is concentrated in the Toyota Auris and Toyota Prius. This week has gone through our garage the Toyota Auris Hybrid. Is the most logical market hybrid? Do we'd buy before a gasoline or diesel equivalent?
The unit had just 1,400 km at the time of testing, so their consumption could still estabiizarse something else.
When the Toyota Auris Hybrid gathered at the headquarters of Toyota Spain, I found that had just 1,400 km on the odometer. The car was premiere, with just completed filming, so that their consumption could be stabilized maybe more. Anyway, this Toyota Auris finish Feel! I would be my companion travel for one week. Would return with twice kilometers with whom I picked it up, so I could make a comprehensive test of consumption and dynamic, and livability.
First, I must point out that Toyota Auris Hybrid is the discreet car. Outwardly, only the identifying emblems and blue Toyota logo indicates that under its hood beats hybrid engine. For those who believe that the design of the Prius is too alien and too personal - but want a hybrid - the Auris Hybrid is an ideal choice. It is a simple compact five-door, but it is the only market that has a undercarriage full-hybrid, without mechanical plug has rivals like the Volkswagen Golf GTE.
Aesthetically, hardly differs from other Auris. It has not so marked and technology of a dedicated hybrid like the Prius design.
He face wash the Toyota Auris has been just a year ago has done him good. Its front is now sharper, and it highlights a full optical LED, on the sides of a discrete and small grille. Japanese compact lines - manufactured in the UK - are more marked, and I think the design rim 17 inches Our unit is really nice. The rear of the car out for a nice optical LED and a C pillar pretty sharp, closing a car with some form of wedge.
What are the differences compared to gasoline or diesel Auris?
Although aesthetically identical cars - except for some emblems and logos - the drag coefficient Auris Hybrid is 0.28, compared with 0.29 Auris petrol or diesel engine. The difference lies in the design possibly the lower, more aerodynamic in the case of the hybrid. He Hybrid packaging work train by Toyota it has been outstanding, because it does not steal cargo space, as if it happened in the previous generation, which could prove five years ago.
Instrumentation readability is improved, and at certain times of day the sun causes annoying reflections.
In terms of interior roominess, it is identical to any other Auris, with some peculiarities. First, instrumentation reflects the operation of the hybrid system by a potentiometer, which replaces the laps account. Secondly, shifter lacks the use, using a small selector dark gray. An elegant detail that frees up much space in the center console giving the driver a more airy feel. The complements a Driving mode switch, by three buttons.
The rest of impressions ergonomics and habitability They are comparable to those of any Auris, but I want to make a small review because it is my first contact with the Auris range. My partner David took contacted several models of the Auris range last year, and here you can read his impressions. In 4.33 meters long It highlighted by a right for passengers in the rear space, without being the best in the segment allow very comfortable ride, even over long distances, provided that three people traveling.
The interior design is modern with correct settings and some qualities in the segment average, despite slight fault termination.
The almost complete absence of central tunnel and an auxiliary outlet also help. The front seats are distinguished by good width and multiple regulations seats and steering wheel. I miss more lateral support in the front seats and I have to criticize some finishing touches, something improvable. In areas of the dashboard and doors are some plastic with sharp burrs, but not tarnish the overall quality, which lies comfortably in the middle of the general segment.
Yes I complain Piano Black finish center console, which traps dust and grease from our fingers very effectively. However, the absence of physical buttons on the Infotainment system Toyota Touch 2 & Go - despite not being the most logical choice in terms of haptics and usability - it has given the interior a more modern and technological aspect. The glovebox is large - although not illuminated or cooled - and all doors are to accommodate bottles of 1.5 liters.
The battery is located under the rear seat, and steals 5 liters of capacity to the fuel tank.
I like that no change with regard to capacity with other Toyota Auris. His previous generation saw reduced luggage capacity, while Auris Hybrid this has the same 360 liters of capacity than the rest of the range Auris. The trunk has a double bottom and no spare wheel, only rides a puncture kit. Folding down the seats achieves flat load 1200 liter, easily accessible through a wide mouth and comfortable trunk.
What changes with respect to a Prius?
What has not changed from the previous generation of Auris Hybrid is the hybrid powertrain, which shared with the third-generation Toyota Prius and the current Toyota Prius +. The Hybrid Synergy Drive is the result of a combination of a naturally aspirated engine 1.8 Atkinson cycle of 99 horsepower, and an electric motor of 82 horsepower. The bottleneck is the battery, nickel-hydride and 1.3 kWh of capacity. Thus, their combined power is 136 hp, and not the sum of the two powers.
The hybrid Toyota Auris Hybrid train is the same as the Toyota Prius and third generation. It does not incorporate the advances of the new Prius.
power to the ground is channeled through a CVT gearbox, which allows 0 to 100 km / h in 10.8 seconds and a tip 180 km / h. On paper, the average consumption is only 3.9 l / 100 km. This hybrid train is not the same one that equips the new Toyota Prius, lower combined power (122 hp) and unparalleled efficiency. We will have to wait for the next generation of the Toyota Auris. The Prius also has a better aerodynamic coefficient, larger trunk and greater interior space - also considerably longer.
Driving the Toyota Auris Hybrid: how much consume?
The driving experience of Toyota Auris Hybrid is very similar to that of other hybrid Toyota, in terms of acceleration and mechanical behavior, so refined and quiet as ever. To make good use efficiency have to drive as we were taught in driving school, defensively and well in advance. It drives like a conventional automatic car, but only maximizes its efficiency if we pay some attention to the potentiometer and does not weigh us too the right foot.
It has four different driving modes: Eco Mode, EV Mode, Power and standard driving mode.
Especially in urban environments, it is a car that conveys tranquility, as the heat engine is turned off while we are detained and if traveling at low speed or a very low load, circulate in 100% electric mode. Up to 30 km / h acceleration provided by the electric motor is plain enough. Gain more speed at a decent pace without hindering traffic is not possible without the internal combustion engine. Its entry into operation is barely noticeable. It is noisy if we require high acceleration.
Due to the inherent operating gearboxes continuously variable (CVT) the engine revs when we demand a stronger acceleration. Their sound is perceived clearly and for some drivers can be uncomfortable. The four-cylinder will not stop buzzing bumblebee angry that if you're heavy foot. The transition between regenerative braking and hydraulic braking the You can catch by surprise rookies. What's that ?, regenerative braking may right now you are wondering.
Our unit mounted 17-inch wheels with tires Dunlop more dynamic shear, in theory penalize consumption.
A hybrid recharges your battery without being plugged in. When decelerated or braked, the electric motor becomes a generator, Loading the car battery. Pressing the brake pedal, we increase the regeneration of the dynamo, but if we tread more strongly, the service brake comes into operation. Although the improved brake feel - and the fourth-generation Prius is almost perfect - requires some adaptation and training, in order to avoid abruptness.
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Some maneuvers at very low speed or with unforeseen obstacles, we tend to step on the brake harder, and the transition to service brake sometimes causes "clavemos brakes." In Myself urban test cycle - about which I have spoken to a Toyota Prius and Lexus RX 450h - Toyota Auris Hybrid this has consumed an average of 4.3 l / 100 km. Urban consumption hovering around 4.5 l / 100 km on average, and in certain favorable paths may be even lower. I have come to see 2,3 l / 100 km in town.
The approved consumption is lower in Active Auris Hybrid and Business versions narrower tires mounted on 15-inch wheels.
Driving a hybrid is sometimes a game, looking for routes where it simpler harness the energy stored in the battery - up to 2-2.5 km in flat at a speed of 30 km / h. While we maintain the needle potentiometer "ECO", we are being efficient. If we go to "Power", we are stepping too hard on the accelerator. If we convert efficiency into a game, we achieve consumption scandal. Yes, compete against ourselves with a hybrid can be fun.
And I says a strong advocate of high-powered V8, manual changes and driving pleasure. The Auris Hybrid Toyota It is also able to leave town, but loses much of its advantages, as to circulate in 100% electric mode. On highways and roads is more compact gasoline engine, even if the battery power supply in a timely manner to the front. It noted for good insulation and a firm setting of suspensions, which fails to penalize at all on-board comfort.
ECO mode softens climate control and throttle response. As a side effect, the car feels slower, heavier.
In a typical extra-urban cycle consumption I measured float between 5 l / 100 km 6 l / 100 km. They are equivalent to those of a 120T Auris petrol engine with 116 hp consumption, and yes, are superior to those of a diesel-engined Auris. Although it may seem, the Auris Hybrid Toyota is not a slow car or lacking performance. But such acceleration requires stepping on the accelerator, and many drivers can give the feeling of forcing the machine. This occurs when "we go curve".
The Toyota Auris has a chassis a tune surprisingly good. Situates the driving mode in Power, and the response of hybrid train will be quick. Cornering surprised, avoiding excessive swings and a fun spot, thanks to a rear axle that sometimes you can play. Management has a good touch, accurate and a tight weight, the level of a Volkswagen Golf or Ford Focus. If you are a kaffir, you can even make traction control blinks at the exit of the corners. We do not ask us why we know ...
Does it make sense this hybrid compact?
It is an ideal purchase, especially if we covered many kilometers, especially in urban routes.
Taking into account that half of the Auris sold in Europe are hybrids, and in Spain we are on the European average, I would say yes. Yes, a compact hybrid makes perfect sense the world today. It is an option ideal if we're going to do a lot of city or we swallow every morning jams in the ring roads. If you only go to road and many kilometers, a diesel is a better option. Another advantage of the hybrid is its refined performance and very low consumption If we strive to a minimum.
Moreover, in cities with parking regulated intelligent, hybrid pay less. When I had to park in the blue zone of Madrid, it had a bonus of 10% from the official rate. In the future already planned plagued traffic restrictions and high NOx emissions, a car with a Energetic Label and partial zero emissions can be a partner, breaking out of many restrictions. Yes it's a smart buy, especially if we do not usually leave the urban jungle.
How much does the Toyota Auris Hybrid?
Diesel, petrol or hybrid. Valora use you will give your car, your annual mileage, and your driving style.
Range Toyota Auris Hybrid It starts at 18,000 euros for the Business version, with a more frugal than the version tested equipment, but already includes climate control, cruise control or speed alloy wheels. The tested version belongs to Feel finish!, below the top of Advance range. This version starts in 19,850 euros, although our unit was painted in a color gray metallic Meteor, which would raise its price in euros 500 with respect to its starting price.
Among other details, has the Infotainment system Toyota Touch 2 & Go with 7 inch or 17-inch wheels. However, it requires optionally equip the provision of advanced active safety (Toyota Safety Sense pack, valued at 700 euros) or GPS (600 euros) browser. With respect to Auris 1.2 turbo engine of equivalent performance and the same finish, the hybrid is 1,700 euros more expensive. But with respect to diesel 111 hp, it is 320 euros more affordable.
The decision is in your hand, and Toyota offers three different flavors for a compact very capable.
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