When Toyota’s popular RunX hatch back reached the end of its shelf life it was duly replaced with the similarly shaped Auris. Trouble is, not nearly enough RunX owners saw it as a replacement for their favourite hatch and missed out on the newbie. Not now, thanks to a model refresh that sees a six car lineup ranging from a base model 1.3 litre at R199 900 to a sport derivitive, a high-spec leather kitted model and ultimately a top of the range diesel burner for R268 800. All of them are now sporting the familiar ‘X’ nomenclature.
All three engines within the lineup fall under the Optimimal Drive banner, so they’re efficient, providing outputs on par with larger engines with small-capacity emissions. For the enthusiast Toyota have specced a slicker-than-average SportX model – but there is little more than a bodykit to discern it from its fellow 1.6 stable mates – so if you’re expecting a GTI or OPC challenger you’re going to have to look elsewhere. You are however endowed with a dynamic chassis with perhaps the most compliant ride in its class.
Auris X 1.3 74 kW / 132 Nm R199 900
Auris XI 1.6 97 kW / 160 Nm R216 000
Auris XS 1.6 97 kW / 160 Nm R232 400
Auris SportX 1.6 97 kW / 160 Nm R243 800
Auris XR 1.6 97 kW / 160 Nm R253 900
Auris XD 2.0 93 kW / 310 Nm R268 800