The Toyota Corolla is a fine family car, with hybrid versions that offer exceptionally low running costs. It's not perfect — the Corolla's infotainment system isn’t great, a Skoda Octavia offers much better rear seat space, and a Ford Focus is a better driver's car — but on the plus side it's very comfortable, benefits from Toyota's exceptional reliability record, and you get loads of standard equipment, too.get the best price
Entry-level Icon trim gets you dusk-sensing LED headlights, 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 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.