Toyota Corolla 1.8 VVT-i Hybrid Icon 5dr CVT Review

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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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Trim: Icon

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.

Key information

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


Urban: 88.3Motorway: 78.5
Boot CapacityHow much space is there?



EmissionsOfficial emissions rating