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Toyota Auris (12-19) - rated 3.5 out of 5

If there’s one name most widely associated with Toyota it’s the long running Corolla, so it was surprising when the firm dropped the name when it introduced the 2007 replacement; the Toyota Auris.

The first generation model was certainly spacious, with a neatly integrated centre console and high-mounted transmission and plenty of space in the back – the flat floor ensuring there’s ample foot space for three rear passengers. Even the boot’s a reasonable 354 litres, while folding the 60/40 split rear bench flat is a one-touch operation.

Throughout its lifetime the first-generation Auris’ engine line-up consisted of 1.33, 1.4, 1.6 and 1.8-litre petrol models alongside 1.4 and 2-litre diesels. Top of the range was the 2.2-litre diesel with 180bhp, but despite the power figure it could never be considered a bona fide hot-hatch.