Used Toyota Corolla 18-present review

Category: Family car

Section: Alternatives

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Alternatives

What alternatives should I consider to a used Toyota Corolla hatchback?

The Hyundai Ioniq is perhaps the main rival to the Corolla. It’s available as a petrol-electric hybrid, a plug-in hybrid or as a fully electric car. For us, it works best as a hybrid, and on top of being good to drive and cheap to run you’ll get a good-quality interior, as well as some keen used prices. 

Among more conventional family cars, the Mk7 version of the iconic Volkswagen Golf is of course a splendid buy. It has a comfortable ride, is well equipped, wonderfully refined and relatively cheap to buy and to run. It’s roomy, with a feeling of solidity few cars in its class can match.  

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Toyota Corolla Hybrid

Overview

The Corolla is a smart and potentially very reliable used buy. The hybrid versions are economical, too.

  • Great economy in the hybrid cars
  • Good to drive
  • Top-notch reliability record
  • Rear-seat space a little tight
  • Infotainment not the best
  • The 1.8 not as refined as 2.0-litre version