Toyota Corolla review

Category: Family car

Section: Costs & verdict

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  • Toyota Corolla 2021 interior rear seats
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  • Toyota Corolla 2021 interior front seats
  • Toyota Corolla 2021 interior driver display
  • Toyota Corolla 2021 boot open
  • Toyota Corolla 2021 front tracking
  • Toyota Corolla 2021 rear right tracking
  • Toyota Corolla 2021 interior dashboard
  • Toyota Corolla 2021 interior rear seats
  • Toyota Corolla 2021 interior infotainment
  • Toyota Corolla 2021 right tracking
  • Toyota Corolla 2021 front tracking
  • Toyota Corolla 2021 front left tracking
  • Toyota Corolla 2021 wheel detail
  • Toyota Corolla 2021 headlight detail
  • Toyota Corolla 2021 rear lights detail
  • Toyota Corolla 2021 interior front seats
  • Toyota Corolla 2021 interior driver display
  • Toyota Corolla 2021 boot open
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In this section:
  • Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
  • Equipment, options and extras
  • Reliability
  • Safety and security

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2

The Toyota Corolla makes plenty of sense as a private buy. It has a higher list price than the equivalent Skoda Scala but it’s predicted to have better resale values, which can keep PCP finance payments low. The Corolla can still work out pricier per month than, for example, a Ford Focus, because of the discounts that car attracts. Check the latest prices on our What Car? New Car Deals pages.

In theory, where the Corolla makes the most sense is as your next company car. The 1.8-litre hybrid emits as little as 102g/km of CO2, less than mild hybrid variants of the Focus. However, the Corolla's relatively high list price bumps up its P11D value and, in turn, the amount of company car tax you'll pay. So the rate will be close, or even higher, than for some of the cheapest and most efficient petrol rivals. It pays to do your sums. 

Equipment, options and extras

Even the Corolla's entry-level Icon trim comes with power-folding and heated door mirrors, dusk-sensing headlights, dual-zone climate control, adaptive cruise control, heated front seats, 16in alloy wheels, powered lumbar adjustment and infotainment.

We reckon Icon Tech is the one to go for because it keeps the price reasonable while adding a good haul of upgrades, including sat-nav and parking sensors. The only major omission is rain-sensing wipers – you’ll need to upgrade to Design trim if you want those. Design also adds 17in alloy wheels, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror and privacy glass.

The range-topping Excel trim and the sportier-styled GR Sport add more goodies, but are too expensive for us to recommend.

Overview

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

  • Seriously low CO2 emissions
  • Comfortable ride
  • Loads of standard kit
  • Cramped in the back
  • Below-par infotainment system
  • Lots of road noise
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