2009 Toyota Aurion | new car review

Posted on Feb 1, 2010 by


The Aurion is a mid-size sedan, but it’s easier to describe it as the latest Camry with a slightly tweaked front and rear end and a couple of interior changes.

The Camry that sells in the Middle East is the last generation model – the rest of the world has had an updated version since 2006, and its this new version forms the basis of the Aurion.
Aside from its newer underpinnings, the Aurion differentiates itself from the Camry on sale here by its engine. Whereas the most powerful Camry can boast only 2.4-litres of engine capacity, the Aurion has a 3.5-litre V6, with 268bhp – the only engine available. That power goes through a six-speed automatic gearbox.

The Aurion is front wheel drive, a decision made to increase space in the cabin with no need for a propshaft. The boot has been penned to give more than enough room for a golf bag, suitcases and most other everyday items that need transporting. Toyota has made much of the quietness levels in the Aurion, with lots of sound insulation material crammed in to up the aural comfort factor.

2009 Toyota AurionThe Aurion comes in four trim levels. The Touring includes 16-inch alloy wheels, halogen headlights, rear parking sensors and indicators built into the wing mirrors. It also features a rear spoiler and inside comes with air conditioning, a six-CD changer audio system with six speakers and cruise control, with controls for both mounted on the steering wheels. The seats are upholstered in fabric while keyless entry means no messing about with the keys while trying to unlock the car.

Safety wise, the car comes with anti-lock brakes and electronic brake-force distribution, which ensures the car remains stable during an emergency stop.
The Premium edition rides on 17-inch wheels and high intensity headlights, with parking sensors in the front and the rear.

2009 Toyota AurionInside, it features dual-zone air conditioning, leather wrapping on the steering wheel and a push-button engine start. There’s a powered sunshade on the rear screen and the car includes electronic stability and traction controls. The Premium Plus model adds side and curtain airbags, as well as a sunroof. The top-level Luxury trim features a satellite navigation system and leather seats. It also rides on 17-inch wheels and features all the features of the lower models.

Think of the Aurion as a faster, newer, more comfortable Camry and you’re well on the way to understanding it. And with the success of the Camry in these parts, that’s surely a good recipe for success.

2009 Toyota AurionSpecification

Body TypeEngine (litres)Power (bhp)Torque (Nm)Transmission

Price Range (AED) 96,500-121,500

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