2015 Toyota Auris Review — Time To Talk

Well, this is not a good sign — the 2015 Toyota Auris made such a “strong” impression on me that I forgot about writing the third part of the review. Now that I’ve remembered, though, let’s dive in.

Toyota Auris Hybrid 2

First of all, let’s get this straight: the Toyota Auris is not an expensive car. It costs £13,995 in the UK, or about $21,700. You can’t expect your local gas station clerk to look, sound, or move like a movie star, ya know?

As I’ve stated before (see my first date review of the Auris and my third date review), the seat was super uncomfortable for me, and the materials used in the car were pretty cheap, but for £13,995, it’s all probably par for the course.

The big problem I have with it, basically, is something in its genes — it’s not a plug-in electric car. It does, surprisingly, come with an “EV Mode,” but that is so lame compared to an actual plug-in electric vehicle that it comes across as a lie or a trick. Though, if I had to drive a conventional hybrid, I guess I’d like to at least have this miniature electric driving mode… maybe.

The car did have a lot of luggage space, which was quite handy for us on this trip. And I guess it’s that oversized and elongated backend that just looked really odd to me from some angles. I never quite caught on camera what I’m talking about, but maybe you can get a sense for it in these pictures:

Toyota Auris Hybrid 3 Toyota Auris Hybrid 5

Again, I did have fun with some of the visualizations and the encouragement to drive more efficiently, and they did get me to drive more efficiently. Furthermore, the low price of gas for a long trip was a very nice surprise that brightened my wife’s eyes and made me a bit more cheerful.

Would I buy an Auris? No way. I’d choose a Nissan LEAF, Renault Zoe, Fiat 500e, or Volkswagen e-Up! if I were looking for a cheap car. Would I recommend an Auris to a friend with an odd interest in conventional hybrids that I simply don’t understand? Well, I’d at least recommend that she or he check it out.

Zachary Shahan

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