I have a 2010 Touring purchased second-hand in May 2016 for $11,990 with 90,000km on the clock. It now has 11,2000km and is still running perfectly.
At the time of purchase, I was considering buying a new Kia Cerato to replace my 2004 Camry Altise. However, sitting in the used car section was the Aurion with far more space and features over the Cerato for $8000 less. It was a no brainer!
After a quick test drive I was in love; so much effortless power and useful features such as rear-view camera, front and rear parking sensors, automatic wipers and lights, dual-zone climate control and auto dimming rearview mirror.
Under the bonnet is a meaty 3.5-litre V6 which is very smooth and has more power then I’ll ever need for my daily commute around Canberra.
If you floor the accelerator off the mark, make sure you hold on as the steering wheel jumps around in your hands, while the front tyres search for some grip. This car does have traction control but I tend to find it doesn’t always react instantly.
Fuel economy is great for a V6 at 10.5 litres per 100km around town and around eight litres on the highway.
Handling-wise the Aurion is quite good, without being exceptional. The body sits flat going around corners and the steering is light but doesn’t have a lot of feel.
Pushing the Aurion really hard can produce some body roll and understeer and easing off the accelerator causes some scary lift off oversteer, at which point the ESP kicks in and the fun is over.
The brakes are solid and easy to modulate.
The interior is spacious and airy, easily fitting four adults. The seats are comfortable and the driver’s is eight-way power adjustable. The centre armrest is soft and slides forwards. Underneath lies two-tiered storage.
Air conditioning and heating is very strong and works quickly, even in extreme temperatures. Bluetooth audio, USB input and six-stacker CD player provide lots of options to listen to music and the sound quality is decent.
Setting up the Bluetooth for the first time was painful as was inputting my contacts. However the Bluetooth reconnects quickly every time and the sound quality is okay.
General road noise is low on most surfaces.
The boot is large but the seats can’t be folded in Touring and Sportivo spec due to a different suspension set up. It also has old school goose-neck hinges.
Other negatives of the Aurion include terrible low beam headlights and jittery ride quality, particularly on the highway.
Overall I think the Aurion is fantastic value for money as a second-hand vehicle and I’m a very happy owner.