|Toyota Auris Hybrid Rear|
The headline information is its class-leading 89g/kilometres, the servicing overheads of a 1.0 car as well as the more affordable tax bill it attracts.
With its CVT transmission giving on going high-rev thrash when worked , this an uncomfortable alternative for the tachometer interchanged by a display displaying the loading status from the electric battery.
Moving to Eco mode, with a switch at the rear of a stubby gear selector whose return-to-neutral mechanism stimulates confusion, softens the noise by dulling the accelerator reaction, coupled with overall performance. However for commuting, it’s incredibly good – and the thrashing sounds generate a reason to back off and save fuel.
A challenging & highly uneconomical jaunt thru the hills developed 36.6 mpg – the next economy-minded tester managed 57.7 miles per gallon - so 60 miles per gallon-plus will be acheivable.
On the other hand racing this particular Toyota is an unrewarding experience, this hybrid variant shorn of the just recently-titivated ordinary variants modified agility – blame Cd-reducing lowered suspension, fuel-eking raised tyre-pressures & supplemental weight – and its steering is awfully unresponsive as well.