Toyota has rejuvenated the Auris model as part of a small mid life refresh, which sees the Touring Sports Estate and the compact five door hatchback both on sale right now, with added kit and revised trim line ups.
First deliveries for the model are scheduled for this coming June and customers will be able to choose once again from four specification levels, though the mid range Sport will be making way for icon plus, which is joining the well known Excel, Icon and Active.
Sitting just under the flagship line, Icon Plus builds on the Icon trim and offers privacy glass at the rear, new 16 inch alloys and a function for folding the electric adjustable door mirrors. A new metallic paint in 'Tungsten Blue' is available for £495 which offers a little added exclusivity and this latest model to stick out from the crowd. On the interior, the front passenger and the driver can enjoy heated sports seats along with lumbar support technology, whilst petrol and hybrid models get cruise control.
Toyota has also taken the opportunity to expand the hybrid powertrains availability in the Auris. The Sport trim only had petrol and diesel engines, Icon Plus joins the Icon and the Excel in offering Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive unit. The Toyota Auris is also the most recent model to be benefiting from the Touch 2 second generation infotainment system, which on Icon is fitted as standard. If you were to opt for Icon Plus or Excel, then advanced connectivity levels and satellite navigation would be added to the touchscreen package.
There are also optional extras that include two top of the range trims, a panoramic roof, four custom alloy wheel designs and leather upholstery available on all versions other than the entry level. For £250 you can choose a chrome pack from Icon and add chrome boot details and side sills too. So with that in mind we see this Toyota Auris model continue to be the ideal rival for the likes of the Volkswagen Golf, the Honda Civic and the Ford Focus.