Added 6th November, 2015
By Jonathan Crouch
If you're the kind of person who brings uncompromising reason to the purchase decision when it comes to getting yourself a family hatchback, then you'll bond with this MK2 model Auris right away. Optimal Drive technology, hybrid power, low servicing costs, impressive residuals: it'll all be music to your ears.
Much of that was offered by the first generation version of this Toyota, but what changed with this replacement model was that the car managed to offer a bit more, with sharper looks, extra equipment and better drive dynamics. As a result, with a choice of petrol, diesel or hybrid, hatch or estate, this generation Auris deserves to finally shake off its image as a family hatchback makeweight. And makes a very decent used buy.
There are, it's true, still more dynamic, more versatile and more up-market-feeling choices in this class, but few are now able to stack up as well as an overall ownership proposition. Finally then, a family hatchback with a Toyota badge that's class-competitive in almost every way. It was a long time coming.