Standard EquipmentTechnical SpecificationOptional ExtrasIndependent Review

Driver Convenience

  • Bluetooth telephone connectivity
  • Intelligent park assist
  • Push button start
  • Reversing camera
  • Voice activation

Entertainment

  • 2 ring combimeters with 7" colour TFT screen
  • 6 speakers
  • 8" multimedia and back monitor
  • AM/FM radio
  • DAB Digital radio
  • Toyota touch 2 with go navigation system
  • USB/AUX connectivity

Exterior Features

  • Automatic folding mirrors
  • Automatic headlights
  • Automatic rear view mirror
  • Automatic wipers
  • Bi-LED headlights with LED lightguide
  • Full power windows
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED fog lights
  • LED rear combi lights with LED lightguide
  • Privacy glass
  • Rain sensor
  • Shark fin antenna

Interior Features

  • Alcantara/partial leather upholstery
  • Dual zone automatic air conditioning
  • Heated seats
  • interior illumination
  • ISOFIX seat fixing (2 fixings on rear outer seats)
  • Leather steering wheel and gear knob
  • Power lumbar support
  • Seatbelt pretensioners and force limiters
  • WIL - Whiplash Injury Lessening seats

Packs

  • Parking pack - Corolla
  • Toyota safety sense 2 - Corolla

Safety

  • Anti lock braking system + Electronic brake force distribution
  • Brake assist
  • Front passenger airbag on/off switch
  • Front seatbelt reminder
  • HAC-Hill-start Assist Control
  • Rear seat belt reminder
  • Supplemental restraint system (SRS) airbags - 7 airbags including driver, front passenger, curtain, side and knee airbags
  • Traction control

Security

  • Smart entry

Technical

  • Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)

Emissions

CO

0.211

CO2 (g/km)

89

HC

0.021

HC+NOx

0.025

Noise Level dB(A)

67

NOx

0.004

Particles

Standard Euro Emissions

EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

Camshaft

DOHC

Catalytic Convertor

1

CC

1987

Compression Ratio

14.0:1

Cylinder Layout

IN-LINE

Cylinders

4

Cylinders - Bore (mm)

80.5

Cylinders - Stroke (mm)

97.6

Engine Code

M20A-FXS

Engine Layout

FRONT TRANSVERSE

Fuel Delivery

MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION

Gears

1 SPEED

Number of Valves

16

Transmission

AUTO

Fuel Consumption

EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies

1

General

Badge Engine CC

2

Badge Power

178

Based On ID

Coin Description

VVT-i Hybrid

Coin Series

Excel

NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %

NCAP Child Occupant Protection %

NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09

NCAP Pedestrian Protection %

NCAP Safety Assist %

Safety Concerns?

1

Special Edition

1

Special Order

1

Vehicle Homologation Class

M1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)

8.1

Engine Power - BHP

180

Engine Power - KW

132

Engine Power - RPM

4400

Engine Torque - LBS.FT

140

Engine Torque - MKG

19.4

Engine Torque - NM

190

Engine Torque - RPM

3600

Top Speed

112

Tyres

Alloys?

1

Space Saver?

1

Tyre Size Front

225/45 R17

Tyre Size Rear

225/45 R17

Tyre Size Spare

SPACE SAVER

Wheel Style

Wheel Type

17" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height

1435

Height (including roof rails)

Length

4650

Wheelbase

2700

Width

1790

Width (including mirrors)

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)

43

Gross Vehicle Weight

1955

Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)

1860

Max. Loading Weight

585

Max. Towing Weight - Braked

750

Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked

450

Minimum Kerbweight

1370

No. of Seats

5

On The Road

Exterior Features

Packs

Paintwork

Trim

Wheels

Summary

So what do we have here? A name from the past which packages up technology from the future. Very soon, all family hatchback-class models will feature model line-ups that are primarily electrified. But Toyota has brought us that right now. In a car its volume brand competitors will have to take very seriously indeed. If you're going the hybrid route with a car in this sector, it makes sense to buy into the brand that has most experience in producing this kind of powertrain - and that's unquestionably Toyota. But this model also has other things to recommend it, with levels of safety and media connectivity that rivals struggle to better. If you're looking for a car in this segment, a Corolla probably isn't currently on your shopping list. We think it ought to be.

Background

Why would you change the name of the world's best selling automotive model line? The reasons are difficult to understand, yet that's exactly what Toyota did back in 2007, changing the badging from its volume family hatchback model from 'Corolla' to 'Auris'. Now though, the 'Corolla' name in back. Indeed for Toyota, it's like it's never been away. The brand describes this as the '12th generation' model. Away from naming semantics, there's much of interest here, not least the fact that the primary engines offered are petrol/electric hybrids. There are three body styles this time round too, a saloon variant joining the usual five-door hatch and 'Touring Sports' estate. All are built on the 'TNGA' 'Toyota New Global Architecture' platform and constructed at the brand's British factory in Burnaston, Derbyshire.

Driving Experience

We're looking forward to the chance to try this latest Corolla. For this car, there's an important advance in the development of Toyota's self-charging hybrid technology, this being the first of the brand's models in Europe to offer customers a choice of two hybrid powertrains - a revised 120bhp 1.8-litre system and a fresh 178bhp 2.0-litre unit that's engineered for more power on demand and more effortless acceleration, without compromising overall fuel and emissions efficiency. As full hybrids, both powertrains have the advantage of offering an all-electric drive capability, with zero emissions and fuel consumption. Both, as you would expect, are also matched to a seamless belt-driven CVT automatic transmission with six speeds. There are wheel-mounted paddleshifters supplied as part of this transmission package, but it's unlikely that typical buyers will make much use of them. For the record though, the 2.0-litre hybrid variant should get from rest to 62mph in around 8 seconds, which is reasonably rapid by class standards. Expect refinement to be excellent; certainly far better than it would be in a rival rumbly diesel. Toyota hasn't carried over much from the previous Auris model but an exception to that rule is the installation of that older model's conventional 115bhp 1.2T direct injection turbocharged engine in entry-level Corolla variants. This comes only with a manual gearbox.

Design and Build

It's not only the styling that's more purposeful than that of the outgoing Auris model. Toyota has made much more of an effort with interior space too, helped by the extra flexibility of this 12th generation Corolla model's new 'TNGA' 'Toyota New Global Architecture' platform. In hatch form, it's 40mm longer, 30mm wider and 25mm lower than the old Auris. That makes it only slightly shorter than a Ford Focus and quite a bit longer than a Golf. Inside, the cabin should feel considerably more up-market than the interior of an Auris ever was, with better-quality materials used and an 8-inch 'Toyota Touch 2' centre-dash infotainment screen as standard, complete with a DAB tuner and a reversing camera. On most variants, it will feature navigation too. The extra space freed up by the more generous exterior dimensions should be particularly obvious in the rear, though some reports suggest that the optional panoramic glass sunroof does eat into headroom. Apparently, it reduces it by 22mm. Family folk are probably going to be directed towards the 'Touring Sports' estate body style. This station wagon derivative, like the alternative Saloon body style, sits upon a lengthened 2,700mm wheelbase version of the TNGA platform.

Market and Model

Toyota isn't bothering here to try and provide a sub-£20,000 entry-level model but nevertheless, the pricing you do get looks pretty competitive against rival diesel contenders in the family hatchback segment. The figures sit in the £21,000 to £30,000 bracket, with hybrid models starting from around £24,000. There's a premium of around £1,200 to go from the five-door hatch body shape to the 'Touring Sports' estate. There are four trim levels - 'Icon', 'Icon Tech', 'Design' and 'Excel'. All of these spec levels deliver plenty of kit. Even 'Icon' variants deliver 16-inch alloy wheels, heated front seats with lumbar support, automatic LED headlights, a reversing camera and in hybrid models, dual-zone air conditioning. There's also an 8-inch centre-dash 'Toyota Touch 2' touchscreen, your access point to a DAB tuner and a reversing camera. As the name suggests, the 'Icon Tech' grade adds further useful technology features, including satellite navigation and voice control, plus parking sensors and Intelligent Park Assist' set-up that will steer you into spaces. All Corollas get as standard the full package of 'Toyota Safety Sense' camera-driven safety features. These include autonomous braking, adaptive cruise control, Lane Trace Assist, Road Sign Assist and Automatic High beam.

Cost of Ownership

Toyota thinks that the vast majority of Corolla buyers are going to want a Hybrid engine - and a look at the efficiency stats reveals why. Even on the more stringent WLTP cycle, the stats are still pretty eye-catching, a typical 1.8-litre Hybrid Corolla Saloon managing 65.7mpg on the combined cycle and 98g/km of CO2. That's further helped, Toyota expects, by the fact that for typical customers, up to 50% of typical commuting journeys will be accomplished in all-electric drive. The Japanese maker describes the Corolla's Hybrid technology as being of the 'self-charging' variety, which means that it isn't of the currently popular Plug-in variety. The brand of course has this technology (it's available on top versions of its Prius model) but currently feels it isn't necessary for the Corolla line-up. What else? Well, the five year 100,000 mile warranty is extremely good and even after that runs out, you'll find that most spares are relatively inexpensive. There's also three years warranty against rust and 12 years of anti-corrosion protection.