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Ten Second Review
Toyota wants to enter fresh territory with this Corolla and make hybrids more universally acceptable in the family hatchback segment. If that's going to work, this volume 1.8-litre petrol/electric model needs to be deeply impressive. We thought we'd try the hatch version to find out.
The Corolla lineage is certainly impressive. It's still the world's most successful automotive model nameplate, dating back to 1966, since when 46 million cars have been produced. 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 two of them from the brand this time round, a 1.8 and a 2.0-litre unit, both of the 'self-charging' non-plug-in variety. This Corolla also aims to change customer perceptions of Toyota in this sector, which tend to centre around expectations of drab interior quality, forgettable looks and boring drive dynamics. This car, we're promised, is a huge step forward from its Auris predecessor in all these areas. But will all that be enough to at last make this Japanese maker competitive at the sharp end of this class amongst Focuses and Golfs? There are three body styles on offer, a saloon variant joining the five-door hatch we tested and the alternative 'Touring Sports' estate. All are built on the 'TNGA' 'Toyota New Global Architecture' platform and the hatch and estate are constructed at the brand's British factory in Burnaston, Derbyshire.
The 1.8-litre hybrid unit we tried works with a 53kW 600V electric motor to generate a combined system output of 122hp. That recipe might sound pretty similar to that of the old Auris hybrid, but the powerplant on offer here is now a much cleverer unit. There's an increased valve angle for a better fuel and air mix, plus it can switch at will between intake and direct injection to prioritise either performance or economy. Toyota says it's worked hard to better mate this package with the belt-driven CVT auto gearbox that all its hybrids have to have, pointing to the way that greater torque from the electric motor should now provide a more linear increase in revs under acceleration. And sure enough, if you've owned one of the brand's petrol/electric models before, you'll notice that this one is more driveable. But the whole point here is to garner conquest sales from customers previously used to a small diesel. These folk will still have to adapt to the way that big throttle inputs cause a flare of revs that the set-up initially struggles to translate into rapid forward movement. And they'll also still need to accept a vast reduction in mid-range pulling power; this engine's very modest 142Nm torque output is about 40% down on what you'd get from a typical 1.5 or 1.6-litre rival small diesel unit, something you'll really notice in give-and-take motoring; overtakes have to be planned much further in advance. Push on and you should find this Toyota far more dynamically able than its segment predecessors this time round. Throw the car into a corner and you'll find that though this Corolla is no Focus, it far from disgraces itself, with a decent level of front end grip and steering that's predictable and accurate, though rather light.
Design and Build
The Corolla nameplate may have been globally successful over half a century but it's never been applied to a really good looking family hatch - until now. As an alternative to this hatch body style, there are two further models, a 'Touring Sports' estate and a Saloon, both of which sit on version of the new GA-C platform lengthened by 60mm. All are sleeker, sharper looking and altogether more appealing than anything Toyota has previously offered in this segment. At the wheel, there are also big improvements. Material quality is impressive, with copious use of piano black and metallic-style surfacing. It's not all about the tinsel either. The cabin's ergonomically sound too, thanks to a reduction in instrument panel height that enhances your forward view and a wider centre console area that gives the cockpit more of a wraparound feel. Plus you also get comfortable seats, good forward visibility and reasonable amounts cabin storage. Further helping with the overall feeling of greater sophistication is the view you get through the much smarter three-spoke leather-stitched wheel - that of a new instrument binnacle that Toyota has chosen to present with a combination of digital and analogue design. Anything it can't tell you will probably be covered off by an 8-inch 'Toyota Touch 2' centre-dash screen that deals with the usual DAB audio, Bluetooth, navigation and online connectivity options. Though it isn't cutting-edge in terms of graphical sophistication, we appreciate the fact that it incorporates a standard rear view camera. There's reasonable rear seat space. And out back, the hatch offers a 381-litre boot.
Market and Model
Corolla hybrid pricing starts from around £24,000 - which gets you the hatch version we tried; Saloon and Touring Sports estate body styles are also available. The 1.8-litre Hybrid engine is the only unit in the range to be available with all trim levels - 'Icon', 'Icon Tech', 'Design' and top 'Excel'). As an alternative to the 122hp 1.8-litre unit, Toyota also offers a 180ho 2.0-litre hybrid unit, but it's only available with pricier trim levels and consequently, is priced from around £27,500. Equipment levels are pretty generous, with all models getting LED headlights, heated front seats and a reversing camera. And base 'Icon' trim also includes 16-inch alloy wheels, LED tail lamps, front fog lamps, a shark fin antenna, an alarm and dusk-sensing and manual levelling features for the headlamps. On the inside, there's dual-zone air conditioning and leather trim for the steering wheel and gear knob, plus the front seats feature powered lumbar support. Infotainment's taken care of by an eight-inch 'Toyota Touch 2' multimedia centre-dash display that lets you Bluetooth-in your smartphone and provides access to a six speaker DAB stereo system. There's also a 'Drive Mode Select' driving modes system and an 'eCall emergency assistance set-up, part of an extensive rosta of standard safety kit.
Cost of Ownership
We've got to the point where a 'self-charging' (ie. a 'non-plug-in') hybrid model costs hardly any more to buy than an equivalent small diesel. But have we also got to the point where such an engine can match or beat its diesel counterpart in terms of real-world fuel economy? Let's see. The version of this Corolla that most customers will buy - the 1.8-litre Hybrid on test here - manages between 55.4 and 65.9mpg on combined cycle WLTP tests. That's quite a span, reflecting our experience that official fuel results in a hybrid are much harder to achieve than they are in a diesel. To give you some perspective, for a comparable Volkswagen Golf 1.6 TDI DSG auto, the combined cycle span is 51.4 to 54.3mpg. And for a Ford Focus 1.5 EcoBlue 120PS auto, it's 49.6 to 54.3mpg. But even if a comparable small diesel family hatch does end up being slightly more economical than an electrified 1.8-litre Corolla, it won't be able to get anywhere near this Toyota's CO2 emissions showing. That's rated at up to 76g/km for a 1.8-litre Hybrid Hatch model on 16-inch wheels. For that Golf model we mentioned, the best official figure is 104g/km, while for the Focus, it's 109g/km. And all that'll add up when it comes to your Benefit-in-Kind tax status.
By Jonathan Crouch
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Key Standard Features*
- Solid - Pure white
- Solid paint
- Fabric - Black
- 16" alloy wheels
|Power front windows|
|Power rear windows|
|Rear window wiper|
|Auto up and down function on all power windows|
|HAC-Hill-start Assist Control|
|Electronic parking brake|
|Brake assist function|
|Anti lock braking system + Electronic brake force distribution|
|Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)|
|Bluetooth telephone connectivity|
|Adaptive cruise control|
|Rear parking sensor|
|Front parking sensor|
|Lane trace assist|
|Lane trace assist with sway warning function|
|Electrically assisted power steering|
|Push button start|
|Road sign assist - RSA|
|7" colour TFT display|
|7" Multi information display screen|
|Power adjustable door mirrors|
|Heated and coloured side mirrors|
|Power adjustable heated door mirrors|
|DAB Digital radio|
|Toyota touch 2 with go navigation system|
|USB and Aux in connectors + 12V front outlet|
|Multi information display screen|
|2 ring combimeters with 7" colour TFT screen|
|Exterior Body Features|
|Shark fin antenna|
|Chrome inside door handles|
|Body coloured outside door handles|
|Turn indicators in side mirrors|
|Body coloured bumpers|
|Front fog lamps|
|Manual headlight levelling|
|LED daytime running lights|
|Auto high beam|
|Halogen auto high beam headlights|
|Light remind warning with auto cut off|
|LED rear combination lights (tail/stop) + Bulb (turn)|
|Dual mode automatic air conditioning|
|Dual Zone automatic air conditioning|
|Leather steering wheel|
|Front and rear door pockets|
|Tilt/telescopic steering column|
|2 cup holders in front|
|Driver and passenger seatback pockets|
|Leather shift lever|
|Driver and passenger assist grip|
|Glovebox with internal light|
|Illuminated entry system in room lamp|
|Toyota safety sense 2 - Corolla|
|Parking pack - Corolla|
|Supplemental restraint system (SRS) airbags - 7 airbags including driver, front passenger, curtain, side and knee airbags|
|Tyre pressure warning system|
|Manual airbag on/off switch|
|Pre collision system|
|3x3 point rear seatbelts|
|Front seatbelt reminder|
|Front passenger airbag on/off switch|
|Rear seat belt reminder|
|3 rear headrests|
|60/40 split folding rear seat|
|Front and rear heated seats|
|Height adjustable driver seat|
|ISOFIX seat fixing (2 fixings on rear outer seats)|
|Driver and front passenger Whiplash Injury Lessening seats|
|Front head restraints|
|Seatbelt pretensioners and force limiters|
|Driver's seat lumbar support|
|Power door locks|
|Power passenger window lock|
|Child safety door lock|
|Driver and passenger sun visor with mirror|
|Wheels - Spare|
|Space saver spare wheel|
|0 to 60 mph (secs)|
|0 to 62 mph (secs)||11|
|Engine Power - BHP||122|
|Engine Power - KW||90|
|Engine Power - PS|
|Engine Power - RPM||5200|
|Engine Torque - LBS.FT||105|
|Engine Torque - MKG||14.5|
|Engine Torque - NM||142|
|Engine Torque - RPM||3600|
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