Editor: Jason “The Bok” – Date: 08 Nov 2016

Design Philosophy 

While much of modern society often dictates a need to overspend in order to impress the neighbours, what is often missing from our daily lives is a sensible mode of transport and one which doesn’t need to break the bank in order to impress. Meet the Toyota Auris XI.

auris-tb7With its well-proportioned lines coupled with its overall striking bi-tone design, the Auris XI remains elegantly simple, yet classy all at the same time. The sharp headlights and pronounced bonnet help give the Auris unique signature appearance.

The Comfort

Toyota’s philosophy has always been based on reliability, practicality and affordability and the Auris is no exception. The interior cabin space provides supremely comfortable seating. The steering wheel is wrapped in premium leather and the driver’s seating position is bang-on-point.

auris-tb5Overall cabin ergonomics are very impressive and I like the fact that there is a wealth of interior storage bins, cupholders, and compartments situated throughout the vehicle. When you step onto the inside, the cabin exudes an overall sense of solidity and of a long lasting interior build quality.

auris-tb4The Auris features a simple yet functional multimedia interface which includes inputs for USB, a 3.5mm auxiliary cable as well as Bluetooth mobile telephony.

On the Road

The Auris XI model which drove over a seven day test period features Toyota’s 1.6-litre normally aspirated petrol driven engine. The motor features VVTi (Variable Valve Timing-intelligent) and Valvematic (electronically controlled valve lift in lieu of a conventional throttle), which helps to promote excellent combustion efficiency and smooth, linear power delivery.

auris-tb2The four-cylinder motor produces 97 kW and 160 Nm of torque, over a very smooth and progressive power curve.

auris-tb1Power delivery is consistent, as is overall fuel consumption, which sat at around 7.8-litres/100km over my week long test using the vehicle is dense urban driving conditions. The rev-happy nature of the engine is well suited to the six-speed manual transmission, with its low cruising rpm. Eco-conscious drivers needn’t be alarmed as the claimed CO2 emissions are kept in check at a mere 145 g/km.


In terms of safety, the Auris comes fully loaded with Driver + Passenger + Side airbags whilst active safety is looked after by driver aids such as ABS ; BAS & EBD. ISOFIX child mounting protection points are also present.

auris-tb6Cost & Conclusion

In a world where opulence, indulgence and extravagance seem to have become the new norm – the AurisXi is a solid, yet utterly capable vehicle which breaths a breath of fresh air. It really does represent Toyota’s mark of Quality, Dependability and Reliability.

auris-tb3Priced at below three-hundred thousand Rand (R297,300) it represents a refreshing re-take on affordable, solid and dependable motoring.

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