CC Global: Showroom Impressions – A Trio Of Euro-Toyotas

The recent yearly safety inspection of my own car gave me just enough time to take exterior and interior snapshots of some current European Toyota models, as displayed in the dealership’s showroom. Which means, at least for now: neither a Corolla, nor a Camry.

Let’s start small with a Toyota Aygo x-pose 1.0 VVT-i.

Toyota’s A-segment hatchback is available with 3 or 5 doors. Its overall length is 3,455 mm (136”), width 1,615 mm (64”). That’s a genuine city car alright.

The second and current generation of the Aygo was introduced in 2014. The Aygo is built at the Toyota-PSA plant in the Czech Republic since 2005, together with the related Citroën C1 and Peugeot 107/108.

This little fellow’s power unit is a 69 hp, 1.0 liter 3-cylinder 12v DOHC engine, enough for a top speed rating of 160 km/h (100 mph).

Matching hubcaps for sure.

Clearly this must be the x-pose part of the trim level.

Not only the hubcaps are matching, so is the interior. The transmission is a 5-speed manual.

The Aygo is the best selling Toyota model in the Netherlands, next are the Yaris and the C-HR. If you’re interested, here are the Dutch 2016 and 2017 car sales numbers, the brands and the models. Scroll up and down, it should be great fun! The contrast with the cars you’ll find on the US charts just couldn’t be bigger…size-wise and everything else.

Scaling up now to the C-segment (as in Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus) with this Toyota Auris, more precisely an Auris Touring Sports Freestyle 1.8 Hybrid.

Touring Sports is Toyota-jargon for a wagon. Add a bit of optical toughness and you end up with a Freestyle. By the way, this is a true wagon, since it’s longer – as in having more rear overhang – than the Auris hatchback.

An Auris Hybrid has the same powertrain as a Toyota Prius. In North America the Auris hatchback is offered as the Toyota Corolla iM.

And here’s another Toyota-PSA product, a Toyota Proace Verso Dynamic 2.0 D4D minivan.

Simply said, the Proace Verso is the MPV-version of the Proace panel van. Or the other way around, if you prefer.

A sliding door on the left…

…and a sliding door on the right.

The 150 DIN-hp 2.0 liter diesel engine comes from PSA; the van’s transmission is a 6-speed manual.

Now don’t complain about (a lack of) leg room while sitting in the rear, also known as the cargo compartment.

Have your pick, I’ll take the Auris, thank you.