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
Trim: Icon Tech
Take everything you get on entry-level Icon trim, add parking sensors (front and rear), a self-parking system and sat-nav and, hey presto, you have Icon Tech trim. It’s our pick of the range.
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.