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Van and Commercial Vehicle Awards 2023: Best Car-Based Van

Striking the perfect balance between low running costs, comfort and practicality, the Toyota Corolla Commercial is a working vehicle which you won't mind spending lots of time in...

Best Car-Based Van

Toyota Corolla Commercial

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Priced from £22,590.83 (Excl. VAT) Fuel economy 55.6-61.4mpg CO2 emissions 105g/km Load space 1.3m3 Payload 425kg Power 120bhp Torque 105lb ft

When cooking, sometimes it’s the simplest of recipes that result in the most successful of bakes. And in the case of the Toyota Corolla Commercial, Toyota has created a very well-rounded commercial vehicle package by using one simple ingredient.

You see, the Corolla Commercial is based on the Toyota Corolla Touring Sports estate car, and in place of the rear seats it has a flat, rubberised load bed with 1326 litres of space (and a volume of 1.3m3). It’s certainly a lot more spacious than the smaller Renault Zoe Van’s 0.51m3 cargo area, and the space itself is very practical thanks to a wide boot opening and a plethora of hooks, anchor points and storage areas. Being a Toyota, it also feels well screwed together.

Toyota Corolla Commercial interior

The Corolla Commercial is powered by a 120bhp 1.8-litre petrol engine and an electric motor, making it one of the cheapest cars to run in its class. Real-world fuel economy is impressive; we managed to get very close to the official 61.4mpg during our test – a good result for a van.

Being a hybrid, the Corolla Commercial also emits a fairly low CO2 output of 105g/km, placing it in a relatively low benefit-in-kind tax band for company car drivers. 

Toyota Corolla Commercial boot

The Corolla Commercial is good to drive, too, thanks to impressive comfort and refinement. The ride is supple and well controlled (even without the weight of any cargo in the back), and the steering is light and accurate, making tight manoeuvres in town a doddle.

The Corolla Commercial gets the balance just right. While it’s more expensive to buy than the Zoe Van, we think it’s worth the extra money for the added space, practicality and comfort that it offers. To put it simply, the Corolla Touring Sports was already a great estate, but Toyota has tweaked the recipe to make it the best car-based van money can buy.

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