Toyota Corolla 1.8 VVT-i Hybrid Excel 5dr CVT [Bi-tone] Review

Category: Family car

Section: Version review

Fuel type:
hybrid
Gearbox:
auto
Doors:
5 doors
Toyota Corolla Hybrid Design 1.8 VVT-i
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  • Toyota Corolla Hybrid Design 1.8 VVT-i
  • Toyota Corolla GR 2020 rear tracking
  • Toyota Corolla GR 2020 RHD dashboard
  • Toyota Corolla GR 2020 RHD rear seats
  • Toyota Corolla GR 2020 RHD infotainment
  • Toyota Corolla 2020 RHD boot open
  • Toyota Corolla GR 2020 RHD right wide front tracking
  • Toyota Corolla 2020 RHD front seats
  • Toyota Corolla Hybrid Design 1.8 VVT-i
  • Toyota Corolla GR 2020 rear tracking
  • Toyota Corolla GR 2020 RHD dashboard
  • Toyota Corolla GR 2020 RHD rear seats
  • Toyota Corolla GR 2020 RHD infotainment
  • Toyota Corolla 2020 RHD boot open
  • Toyota Corolla GR 2020 RHD right wide front tracking
  • Toyota Corolla 2020 RHD front seats
RRP £29,115What Car? Target Price£27,354
Review

The Toyota Corolla is a fine family car, with hybrid engines that offer exceptionally low running bills. It isn't perfect – its infotainment system is poor, the Skoda Octavia offers much better rear seat space and the Ford Focus is more fun to drive – but on the plus side, it's very comfortable, it benefits from Toyota's exceptional reliability record and you get loads of standard equipment.

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This range-topping trim is too pricey for us to recommend, even though it adds keyless entry, ambient interior lighting, sports seats, part-leather seats and even bigger (18in) alloys to everything that comes with cheaper Design trim.

The 1.8-litre hybrid has a relatively modest 120bhp, but acceleration (0-62mph in 10.9sec) is adequate in most situations – even when joining motorways. The only time you’ll want for a bit more oomph is when you need to overtake dawdling motorists on country roads.


Key information

Doors5
Seats5
0-62 MPH10.9 seconds
Fuel TypePetrol/Electric Hybrid
GearboxAUTO
MPGOfficial overall fuel economy figure

56.5

Boot CapacityHow much space is there?

313

litres

EmissionsOfficial emissions rating

112

g/km

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