New Toyota Auris: low running costs, low tax, lasting value

 

The top-of-the-range Toyota Auris Hybrid Excel will cost less to run than a more modestly specified, mid-grade Ford Focus, Vauxhall Astra or Volkswagen Golf*.

For the company car driver, the personal savings are considerable, too: The Auris Hybrid offers a saving of more than £2,000 compared to a Focus with similar power output and more than £1,500 compared to a Golf over three years and 60,000 miles.

The mid-grade Auris Hybrid Icon is a similarly attractive proposition, with total driver savings of up to £1,600 over the same timescale compared to key rivals – including low output eco-diesels.

The British-built hatchback is also predicted to deliver significantly higher residual values than its predecessor, while improvements  in fuel efficiency and emissions mean less money spent at the pumps and lower tax bills.

Market expert CAP predicts a 34 per cent rating for the new Toyota Auris Hybrid Excel, an improvement of five points on the current T Spirit model, and a 35.2 per cent RV for the Auris 1.4 D-4D Icon, a rise of more than six percentage points compared to the current Auris TR.

These factors combine with Toyota’s fundamental product quality, reliability and durability, plus sharp contemporary styling and high equipment specifications to make new Auris a strong contender in a hard-fought market.

And it’s not just the Hybrid models that are promising to deliver a class leading performance on cost.

Toyota has also re-engineered the 1.4 D-4D diesel engine in Auris and added a Stop & Start system to increase efficiency. As a result, the Icon model produces 103g/km of CO2 and posts official combined cycle fuel consumption of 72.4mpg. This contributes towards a better pence-per-mile cost* to businesses for the Toyota than the Focus, Astra, Golf and Hyundai i30 (reference KWIK car cost data).

Ewan Shepherd, Toyota General Manager Fleet and Remarketing, said: “The economic climate dictates that businesses have to scrutinise every aspect of their costs. Looking at new Auris’s cost profile there are significant financial advantages to be gained for both fleet operators and business/company car drivers by choosing Toyota Auris.

“The Toyota Auris continues to deliver the most competitive ownership costs, which makes it a rational choice for business, but the new model introduces improved design and driving dynamics that give it more emotional appeal, too. As a key element in our strategy to provide customers with more desirable and competitive products, we believe it will have a particularly strong appeal to small and medium-size businesses.”

Competitor comparisons
These tables (below) demonstrate how the figures for the new Toyota Auris stack up against some of its main market rivals for businesses and company car drivers. In the first table, the Toyota Auris Hybrid Icon demonstrates its value and cost effectiveness again lower powered diesel models; in the second, the cost benefits of the top-of-the-range Toyota Auris Hybrid Excel can be seen as competitive when measured against other manufacturers’ mid-range models.

The independent data is provided by KWIK car cost, correct at 1 November 2012 and calculated on a three-year/60,000-mile term.

Auris Hybrid Icon

MODEL

Toyota Auris 1.8 VVT-I Hybrid Icon

Ford Focus 1.6 TDCi 115 Zetec

Honda Civic 1.6i D-TEC 120 SE

Hyundai i30 Blue Drive 1.6 CRDi 110

Vauxhall Astra 1.3 CDTi ecoFLEX 95

Volkswagen Golf 1.6 TDI BlueMotion Tech 105

P11D value

£19,940

£18,740

£19,345

£18,940

£20,685

£20,445

Fuel consumption (combined mpg)

74.3

67.3

78.5

74.3

68.9

74.3

CO2 emissions (g/km)

87

109

94

100

109

99

Company costs over three years and 60,000 miles

Pence-per-mile

43.22

44.84

40.91

43.09

48.5

42.05

3-year costs

£25,934

£26,901

£24,545

£25,856

£29,101

£25,229

Driver costs over three years and 60,000 miles

Tax bands 2012 – 2014

10, 10, 11

15, 16, 17

13,13,14

14,15,16

15,16,17

13,14,15

BIK (40% tax payer)

£2,473

£3,598

£3,095

£3,409

£3,972

£3,435

Private fuel (10k miles per annum)

£837

£966

£829

£875

£944

£875

Driver personal costs +/- vs Auris

+ £1,254

+£614

+£974

+£1,606

+£1,000

 

Auris Hybrid Excel

MODEL

Toyota Auris 1.8 VVT-I Hybrid Excel

Ford Focus 2.0 TDCi 140 Zetec

Honda Civic 1.6i D-TEC 150 SE

Hyundai i30 1.6 CRDi Blue Drive 128 Style

Vauxhall Astra 1.7 CDTi 130 SRi

Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI BlueMotion Tech 150

P11D value

£21,690

£19,740

£20,245

£19,240

£21,715

£21,960

Fuel consumption (combined mpg)

72.4

56.5

67.3

74.3

61.4

68.9

CO2 emissions (g/km)

91

129

110

100

122

106

Company costs over three years and 60,000 miles

Pence-per-mile

46.54

49.99

45.11

43.64

53.66

46.88

3-year costs

£27,925

£29,992

£27,063

£26,185

£32,194

£28,129

Driver costs over three years and 60,000 miles

Tax bands 2012 – 2014

10, 10, 11

19, 20, 21

16, 17, 18

14,15,16

18, 19, 20

15, 16, 17

BIK (40% tax payer)

£2,690

£4,738

£4,130

£3,463

£4,951

£4,216

Private fuel (10k miles per annum)

£858

£1,151

£966

£875

£1,059

£944

Driver personal costs +/- vs Auris

+£2,341

+£1,548

+£790

+£2,462

+£1,612

 

* Pence-per-mile calculation includes depreciation, service, maintenance and repair charges, fuel, insurance, finance and National Insurance costs over three years and 60,000 miles.

ENDS

 

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