Active safety features include ABS and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) with Brake Assist (BA) fitted as standard on all versions. Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), with Traction Control (TRC), is provided on T180 models, and is available as an option on all other versions.
All Auris models benefit from nine airbags, including a first-in-class driver’s knee airbag as standard. The front seats and head restraints are constructed to Toyota’s latest-generation Whiplash Injury Lessening design, while in the rear, Isofix child seat mounts are provided.
All models feature air conditioning, reclining and split-folding rear seat, electric front windows, electrically adjustable door mirrors, remote central locking and a sound system with CD player that can play digital music files stored on disc.
T3 versions gain 16-inch alloy wheels, colour-keyed door mirrors and handles, front fog lamps, heated door mirrors, leather trim on the steering wheel and gear shift knob, electric rear windows (five-door models), audio controls on the steering wheel and a six-speaker sound system.
T Spirit grade introduces automatic headlights and wipers, dual zone climate control, Toyota’s Smart Entry and Start system, cruise control and an auto-dimming rear view mirror. The T180 has smoked glass headlamps, dedicated interior trim, 17-inch alloy wheels and sunroof, in addition to the T Spirit specification.
Ride And Handling
Auris uses new front and rear suspension systems engineered to deliver ride comfort, stability and rewarding handling performance. At the front an L-arm MacPherson strut arrangement is common to all versions, while at the rear a compact torsion beam is deployed, with springs and dampers located independently, to avoid intrusion in the boot space. The T180 differs from other models in using a multi-link rear suspension, designed for better dynamic performance in line with its higher performance capabilities.
Auris uses a new Electric Power Steering (EPS) system with a quick (14.44) ratio and speed-sensitive feel. Requiring just 2.9 turns lock-to-lock, it gives precise and instant driver control.
Powertrains And Performance
The Auris range offers performance and economy; 130mph and 0-62mph in 8.1 seconds for the T180 while the 1.4 diesel records 56.5mpg on the combined cycle.
Flagship engine of the range is the 2.2-litre D-4D 180, one of the most advanced diesel engines available on the market. This 175bhp (177 DIN hp) power plant is exclusive to the Auris T180. Matched to a six-speed manual gearbox, it produces 400Nm of torque between 2,000 and 2,600rpm, giving acceleration from rest to 62mph in 8.1 seconds and a top speed of 130mph, with combined cycle fuel economy of 45.6mpg.
The D-4D 180 is equipped with Toyota’s D-CAT clean diesel technology, which includes a maintenance-free four-way DPNR catalyst that reduces nitrogen oxides and particulate emissions to class-leading low levels.