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heycar review

      Launch year
      2019
      Body type
      Family hatch
      Fuel type
      Petrol, Hybrid
David Ross

Written by

David Ross

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heycar rating
“Best hybrid hatch on sale”

Best bits

  • The best hybrid hatch around with strong performance
  • Comes with comprehensive five year warranty
  • Well equipped as standard and a high quality interior

Not so great

  • Other hatchbacks are more practical when it comes to boot
  • Doesn’t have Apple CarPlay or Android Auto
  • No diesel in the range for high mileage drivers

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Overall verdict

"Toyota’s expertise with hybrid technology has all come together in this Corolla. If you’ve been put off hybrids before, this will change your mind. It’s not just good for a hybrid, it’s a great car full stop. It blends performance with impressive economy and neat handling, plus of course being a Toyota it’s going to be reliable."

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There was a time when choosing a hybrid meant having to compromise, but that's not the case with the Toyota Corolla. This isn’t just good for a hybrid, it’s also one of the best hatchbacks around.


It has all the positive traits of a hybrid. It's quiet, smooth and great around town, plus of course it's very economical. You’ll see more than 60mpg in everyday driving and that’s a genuine figure rather than one created in a laboratory. Being a Toyota, long term reliability is a given but to back that up further, it comes with a five year warranty. Volkswagen and Honda only give you three years.


But it's perhaps the performance that impresses most. The Corolla is a relaxing car the majority of the time, but it also delivers when you ask it to accelerate. The standard 1.8 hybrid - found in the Prius and C-HR - feels plenty quick enough, not just from a standstill but at motorway speeds too.


There’s also a more powerful 2.0 hybrid with around 50% more power but we think most people will find the 1.8 more than quick enough. Toyota did sell a 1.2-litre petrol for a short while but it was dropped in 2019.


It’s not cheap, either as a new or a used buy. Toyota hybrids hold their value well and there’s always strong demand. But it’s very well equipped from the bottom of the range, with even base cars getting alloy wheels, climate control, a central touch screen, proper LED headlights and a full complement of safety features. 


Many of these, including automatic lane keeping, are optional from Ford, Volkswagen and Vauxhall, for example and not cheap either.


It’s not perfect. The boot is not that user-friendly and for practicality, a Honda Civic is much better. But there’s enough space and even taller drivers won’t have any room for complaint. And if you need more space, there's an impressive estate in the shape of the Toyota Corolla Touring Sports.


The quality of the interior is much improved over the old Auris and while the infotainment system feels a little dated and there’s no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, the Corolla still has a quality feel to rival the likes of the Volkswagen Golf.


Is the Toyota Corolla right for you?

If you want reliability, you’ve come to the right place, this is a Toyota after all. It’s also very economical, cheap to insure and affordable to run. In short, it’s pretty much the ideal hatchback.


True, the boot of the hatchback isn’t the most user-friendly - a Honda Civic is more practical - so if you need space this may not work. But for many, this will make sense as a comfortable and dependable hatchback. 


While there’s a petrol, the hybrid is by far the better choice. If you’ve never considered a hybrid before or have memories of slow and noisy models from years ago, the Corolla will change your mind. It’s smooth, quick and quiet.


What’s the best Toyota Corolla model/engine to choose?

The 1.8 hybrid is the best choice in the range. While the 2.0-litre has more performance, the 1.8 never feels slow. In fact it’s surprisingly quick. The 1.8 hybrid is also cheaper to run and insure and there are far more around on the used market.


The basic Icon comes well equipped but the smaller wheels do little for the looks. Instead we’d aim for a Design which gets more kit and feels that bit more upmarket. 


What other cars are similar to the Toyota Corolla?

If you want a hatchback there’s no shortage of quality to choose from. The Ford Focus is the big seller and an excellent car that sets the benchmark for handling. The latest Volkswagen Golf is all about quality with its superb interior while the Honda Civic is one of our favourites due to its excellent engines and sheer practicality.


But if you want a hybrid hatch the choice is much more limited. There’s the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid and the Volkswagen Golf GTE but that’s a PHEV. The other choice of course is the Toyota Prius, the hybrid that arguably started it all. 


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Driving

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How much does it cost to run

Toyota Camry Bootspace

Prices, versions and specification

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Ford Focus
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