Toyota Auris T Spirit
Added: 15th of October 2013
Bought vehicle at 37000 miles and have taken it up to 70000 miles in just over two years of ownership. For such a large engine in a relatively small body size, the car isn't as quick to accelerate as you might expect - it's actually very sluggish. Had I realised this sooner, I probably could have saved tax costs by buying a smaller engined Auris, and probably wouldn't notice much difference! My Auris doesn't achieve a particularly great MPG - on average 40 MPG is the best I can get, although I did achieve 45 MPG once, by driving at night on a near empty motorway at 55mph on cruise control, avoiding touching the brakes wherever possible. Plugs and filters have all been replaced, but never can get the MPG any better than already stated. Economy isn't helped much by poor gear ratios - at 70mph, the revs are close to 4000 in 5th gear - far higher than any other petrol car I have owned. I believe the newer models now come with a 6-speed box, probably for this reason. Headroom is excellent, and even tall people like myself won't find their heads embedded in the roof lining - plenty of clearance there. Also nice and roomy in the back, so tall passengers don't feel cramped. Boot space is a bit limited though, but I guess that's the price that has to be paid for plenty of legroom in the back. Rear brake calipers seem to be a problem - had to get the rear O/S replaced under the dealer warranty, and recently the N/S decided to seize up on me as well. It's not always obvious when driving, but the free play in the handbrake is very noticeable - if there's a lot of travel in your handbrake with no resistance, chances are you have a seized caliper. Brake discs needed changing at 50000 miles, and were noticeably worn, not long after acquiring the vehicle at only 37000, but this wasn't covered by warranty so I changed them later at 50000 by which time they had become very thin. Removing the rear light bulb clusters in order to replace a tail light bulb proved to be exceptionally difficult - this has always been relatively easy in all my previous vehicles. You either need a lot of time and patience or a mechanic friend for this normally simple task! Apart from the brake caliper issues, the Auris has been a reliable car and has never let me down. The engine has been faultless and the only thing that failed last MOT was a defective brake light bulb - not bad at all!