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Toyota Corolla Touring Sport 2019 left tracking shot

Buying new

  • Our recommended choices: Toyota Corolla Touring Sports 1.8 VVT-i Hybrid Icon Tech Auto
  • List price: £26,075
  • Target Price: £26,075

The Toyota Corolla hatchback is our favourite hybrid car, because it offers perky acceleration, low C02 emissions, a comfortable ride and lots of kit. The Touring Sports estate version keeps all of those positives and throws a big boot into the mix as well.

The 1.8-litre petrol engine that powers the Corolla Touring Sports for most of the time is perky enough for most situations, and you can drive around town for short distances on purely electric power, thanks to an electric motor. 

The boot isn't quite as large as that of some rival estate cars, but it can still take the results of an adventurous trip to the garden centre without any trouble.

Go for our recommended Icon Tech trim level and you'll get adaptive parking sensors and sat-nav to go with the adaptive cruise control, dual-zone climate control and automatic headlights that come as standard.

The Corolla Touring Sports should also prove tremendously reliable, since Toyota ranked second overall in our latest Reliability Survey, being beaten only by its own sister brand, Lexus.

Find a great Toyota Corolla deal or read our full Corolla Touring Sports review

  • Also consider: Ford Mondeo Estate 2.0 Hybrid Titanium Edition Auto
  • List price: £29,430
  • Target Price: £27,605
Ford Mondeo Estate 2.0 Hybrid Titanium Edition

The electric motor in the hybrid version of the Ford Mondeo allows you to cover short distances using purely electric power before switching to the 2.0-litre petrol engine on board. We like the Mondeo Estate's agile handling, spacious interior and keen pricing, and our Target Price discount only sweetens the deal.

Find a great Ford Mondeo Estate deal or read our full Mondeo Estate review

  • Also consider: Hyundai Ioniq 1.6 GDi Hybrid Premium SE
  • List price: £27,005
  • Target Price: £24,495
2020 Hyundai Ioniq front - white with foreign plate

Before the Corolla came along, the Hyundai Ioniq was our favourite option in the hybrid car market – chiefly because it doesn't feel any different to drive than a conventional petrol-engined car, seamlessly blending power from its electric motor and 1.6-litre petrol engine. And if you do decide to go fully electric or get a plug-in hybrid further down the line, the Ioniq is also available in both of those forms.

Find a great Hyundai Ioniq deal or read our full Ioniq review