Interesting isn't a word normally associated with the previous-generation Toyota Auris, but the new model is a different case altogether.
If the last model's jelly-mould design could be likened to a shapeless tracksuit, the new one wears an altogether sharper suit.
A mix of straight lines, a steeply-raked windscreen, an angular front end and a back which has more than a passing resemblance to that of the Lexus CT 200h gives the new hatchback a purposeful look, while the cabin is full of swooping lines, as well as different shapes and materials for an ultra-modern appearance.
It looks like Toyota has made a concerted effort to distance its lower-medium car as far as possible from its predecessor, barring changing its name.
The good news continues with the level of standard equipment.
Our test model is in top-of-the range Excel trim, and standard features include park assist, dual-zone climate control, cruise control, heated front seats, automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers and keyless entry and start.
Safety equipment includes a driver's knee airbag, curtain airbag, whiplash injury lessening front seats, ABS with electronic brakeforce distribution and brake assist, and vehicle stability control. The Auris has achieved a five-star Euro NCAP rating.
Our test car is also fitted with the optional £650 Touch & Go media system, which includes a 6.1-inch touchscreen, sat-nav, Google local search connectivity and rear-view camera.
On the road, the early signs in our six-month test have been encouraging as the Auris offers plenty of refinement as well as a comfortable ride.