Design and Engineering

Design and Engineering

Good Toyota’s locally made second generation Aurion arrived in showrooms April 2012. The second generation Aurion is lighter and slightly larger than its predecessor. The Aurion range features a very squared and boxy design that gives the vehicle a very solid look. Toyota offer up five models in total and are organised in a 'Y' strategy. There are three standard models and two sports models. The three standard models include the base AT-X, Prodigy and Presara, all three models feature an angular front and chrome look grille that give the feeling of elegance. The AT-X gets a set of 16-inch alloy wheels, while the Prodigy and Presara gain a set of 17-inch alloy wheels. Sports models include the base Sportive SX6 and the Sportive ZR6. Both models get the full sports bodykit treatment. The front features a more aggressive front bumper that has an enlarged air vent and two larger vent at either side that also house the fog lamps. The front grille is also sportier unlike the AT-X, Prodigy and Presara models that make do with a chrome grille the Sportive SX6 and the Sportive ZR6 models feature a blacked out honeycomb grille that has a ‘U’ shaped bodycolour detail. Sportive SX6 and the Sportive ZR6 models also get beefier side skirts and a rear bumper that almost mirrors the front bumper. Rounding out the sporty design of the Sportive SX6 and the Sportive ZR6 models is a set of five-spoke alloy wheels.
Not so good Exterior wise there isn’t much difference between the previous Aurion the new Aurion. The Sportive SX6 and the Sportive ZR6 need 18 or 19-inch alloy wheels to fill those massive wheel arches.
Interior and Styling

Interior and Styling

Good Inside, the second generation Toyota Aurion features a very conservative interior design. The entry model AT-X has cloth seats that feature a dark pattern while the dash and centre stack are dominated with large slabs of black plastic. To break things up a bit Toyota have added sliver plastic highlights in the dash, centre console and door trims. These sliver plastic highlights change depending on grade, the mid and top spec get fake wood grain highlights that look rather tacky while the sport models get a metallic look finish.
Not so good The Toyota Aurion range clearly didn’t receive the same treatment as the new Camry did in terms of interior design. While the Camry looks youthful and fresh, the Aurion looks boring and old. However, in the Aurion’s defence build quality and interior quietness is quite good.
Performance

Performance

Good All models come equipped with an all-alloy 3.5-litre V6 quad cam dual-VVT-I petrol engine that produces 200kW of power and 336Nm of torque. Power is sent to the front wheels via an electronically-controlled six-speed sequential-shift transmission (paddle shift on Sportivo models). The 3.5-litre V6 is one smooth unit that has plenty of power on tap, the V6 will happily cruise along on the freeway at 100Km/h and still has heaps of get-up-and-go for overtaking or hill climbs. With 336Nm of torque on offer the Aurion never feels like it is struggling, in fact the V6 just goes about its business with relative ease.
Not so good Fuel consumption can tend to creep up when you really put your foot down plus you could get similar performance with better fuel consumption from a diesel engine. Plus, Toyota already offers the Camry Hybrid.
Ride and Handling

Ride and Handling

Good Toyota tells us that special attention has been paid to increase body rigidity and suspension mounting rigidity to improve handling stability. And we can report that the second generation Aurion feels more solid on the road. However, the suspension is still very much set up with comfort in mind.
Not so good The Aurion still suffers from body roll when pushed too hard and because of the size of the car and the amount of power going through the front wheels the Aurion does suffer from understeer.
Buying and Owning

Buying and Owning

Good We think the entry model AT-X is the best value for money and comes pretty well equipped with dual zone climate control, 6.1-inch touchscreen audio with six speakers, Bluetooth connectivity for audio streaming and hands-free mobile phone and an electric driver’s seat with lumbar support. Not only do you get a great list of standard gear, you also get Toyota’s great build quality and cap price servicing.
Not so good The V6 Toyota Aurion might have its work cut for it when compared to the Camry Hybrid. There is also the rather bland and conservative design that tends to only appeal to the older generation.