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Before you buy a Toyota Auris in Uganda

by Edwin
(Kampala, Uganda)

Toyota Auris

Toyota Auris

The Toyota Auris is a compact hatchback derived from the Toyota Corolla. Introduced in 2006, the first generation shared the E150 platform with the Corolla, while the second generation compact five-door hatchback and station wagon called the Touring Sports uses the E180 platform.

Before you buy a Toyota Auris in Uganda

The AURIS from TOYOTA was primarily designed for both the European and Japanese markets. The AURIS replaces the popular hatchback version of the COROLLA, sharing its platform with its sedan cousin. Powering the first gen. AURIS was a choice of 1800cc (DBA-ZRE154H) or 1500cc (DBA-NZE151H) VVT engines with either a 7 speed CVT/trip-tronic or 6-speed manual. The newest models (2015~) include a 1200cc turbo version as well. Interior wise, the AURIS is laden with user-friendly features including a simple and easy to access/read dashboard and center console, easy-folding rear seats and multiple storage bins.

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Buying a Toyota Auris in a Ugandan car bond

Buying a Toyota Auris from a Ugandan Car bond can cost around to 17 million Uganda shillings for a recent year of manufacture and model. However, this cost doesn’t include taxes. It's only the CIF of the vehicle. For those that have been used in Uganda for some time can cost around 20 - 25 million Ugandan shillings.

Importing a used Toyota Auris from Japan

If you’re to buy a Used Toyota Auris from Japan mainly you may pay averagely about $ 2,200 – 4,000 depending on condition of the car, model and the car dealer you use. However the quoted price typically does not include Freight to Mombasa port and transportation from Mombasa port to Uganda. Additionally it excludes taxes charged by the Uganda Revenue Authority which include Import Duty, Value added (VAT), Withholding Tax, Environmental Levy, Infrastructure Levy, and Registration Fees. These costs may end up increasing your final cost of Toyota Auris to around $ 5,000 to $6,000.

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Pros and Cons for Owners of Toyota Auris face while in Uganda

Just like many cars in Uganda, shock absorbers and bushes are problems these cars find.

The up side of things is that the spare parts for Toyota Auris are readily available and affordable.

You can access these spare parts easily from kiseka market, Ndeeba and Bwaise areas.

Most car parts are from these areas are second hand or “used”; therefore, consider importing them directly from Japan if you prefer brand new spare parts for your car.

Lastly the Auris has a low clearance ground level a factor that restricts its movement through rough roads in Uganda. So, the best thing is to keep driving your car within urban areas if you want it to last.

Reasons as to why Ugandans buy Toyota Auris

Well, Ugandans buy the Toyota Auris basically due to its 1.8 L engine or 1.5 L VVT-I engine low fuel consumption capacity, it’s easy to pack, has low maintenance costs and not as bulky as the SUVs. In addition, it’s small enough to fit in many homes within Kampala which are characterized with no or very limited parking space.

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Other hatchback options available in Uganda similar to the Toyota Auris

Some other cars in Uganda one can buy instead of a Nissan March include the Toyota FunCargo, Toyota Spacio, Nissan March, Toyota Vitz, Toyota Allex, Toyota Runx, VW Golf and Ford Focus. These happen to be the most common hatchbacks in Uganda.

The interior of a Toyota Auris

You and your front-seat passenger will find getting in and out of the Auris is no problem thanks to the wide-opening front doors. Space is tight for tall adults as fairly narrow door openings mean that access for your rear-seat passengers is only average. Entry-level versions don’t get front passenger seat height adjustment. The boot is smaller than those of most rivals but it does have an adjustable floor. This comes in handy if you need to separate delicate items of shopping, plus it helps level out the load bay floor when the rear seats are folded down.

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The Exterior of a Toyota Auris

The design looks much sharper with neatly pressed lines and that V-shaped nose actually gives the Auris a bit of visual identity. A bit. Trouble is, the Koreans, by which we mean Hyundai and Kia, have closed the gap completely in terms of quality, safety, image, equipment and engineering, are arguably further ahead in design, tend to be cheaper and have a bit more about them.

Last thoughts before you pay up a Toyota Auris

The Auris will never let you down. Ever. It’ll last longer than you even if you live to be eleventh hundred and four. It carries with it the promise of absolute peace of mind, leaving you to be concerned about nothing more than fuel economy. Once again, with that in mind, avoid the hybrid: you’ll never see those on-paper figures. You might with the diesel, though.

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