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.get the best price
Entry-level Icon trim gets you dusk-sensing LED headlights, power-folding door mirrors, traffic sign recognition, adaptive cruise control, lumbar adjustment (front seats), an 8.0in touchscreen, Apple CarPlay/ Android Auto, keyless start, a rear-view camera, dual-zone climate control, heated front seats and 16in alloy wheels. In fact, the only major omission is rain-sensing wipers.
Engine: 1.8 VVT-i Hybrid
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.