WHAT: Toyota Auris HSD hybrid five-door hatchback (1,798cc, 4-cylinder, 99bhp, petrol engine; 82bhp electric motor), 0-100kmh 11.4 seconds, CVT (continuously variable transmission), front-wheel-drive, 4 litres/100km (70.6mpg), CO2 of 93g/km; VRT is 14pc. €104 (€160 from January) annual road tax.
COST: From €24,925. Delivery, related charges extra.
TARGET MARKET: Families, young couples, environment conscious drivers.
PLUS: Excellent, frugal hybrid system that yields 70mpg, build quality, rear-view camera, equipment, cabin seats and space.
MINUS: Continuously variable transmission is noisy and 'slow', boot space, price compared with some conventional rivals.
STANDARD EQUIPMENT: Automatic air con, cruise control, electric windows, seven airbags, 17-inch alloys, electric power steering, hill-start assist control, LED daytime running lights.
OTHERS TO CONSIDER: Small family diesel hatchbacks, Honda Insight hybrid.