Toyota Corolla

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COROLLA HATCHBACK - 1.8 VVT-i Hybrid Icon 5dr CVT



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£22,874 

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Toyota's Corolla now has a primary focus on 1.8-litre hybrid power. Jonathan Crouch drives it.


Make
Derivative
Fuel
Total Price
COROLLA HATCHBACK
1.8 VVT-i Hybrid Icon 5dr CVT
HYBRID
£22,874.00
COROLLA SALOON
1.8 VVT-i Hybrid Icon 4dr CVT
HYBRID
£22,874.00
COROLLA SALOON
1.8 VVT-i Hybrid Icon Tech 4dr CVT
HYBRID
£23,924.00
COROLLA HATCHBACK
1.8 VVT-i Hybrid Icon Tech 5dr CVT
HYBRID
£23,924.00
COROLLA TOURING SPORT
1.8 VVT-i Hybrid Icon 5dr CVT
HYBRID
£24,144.00
COROLLA HATCHBACK
1.8 VVT-i Hybrid Design 5dr CVT
HYBRID
£24,949.00
COROLLA SALOON
1.8 VVT-i Hybrid Design 4dr CVT
HYBRID
£24,949.00
COROLLA TOURING SPORT
1.8 VVT-i Hybrid Icon Tech 5dr CVT
HYBRID
£25,194.00
COROLLA HATCHBACK
1.8 VVT-i Hybrid Design 5dr CVT [Panoramic Roof]
HYBRID
£25,909.00
COROLLA TOURING SPORT
1.8 VVT-i Hybrid Design 5dr CVT
HYBRID
£26,219.00
COROLLA HATCHBACK
1.8 VVT-i Hybrid Excel 5dr CVT
HYBRID
£26,469.00
COROLLA HATCHBACK
2.0 VVT-i Hybrid Design 5dr CVT
HYBRID
£26,674.00
COROLLA HATCHBACK
1.8 VVT-i Hybrid Excel 5dr CVT [Bi-tone]
HYBRID
£27,234.00
COROLLA HATCHBACK
1.8 VVT-i Hybrid Excel 5dr CVT [Panoramic Roof]
HYBRID
£27,429.00
COROLLA HATCHBACK
2.0 VVT-i Hybrid Design 5dr CVT [Panoramic Roof]
HYBRID
£27,634.00
COROLLA TOURING SPORT
1.8 VVT-i Hybrid Excel 5dr CVT
HYBRID
£27,739.00
COROLLA TOURING SPORT
2.0 VVT-i Hybrid Design 5dr CVT
HYBRID
£27,944.00
COROLLA HATCHBACK
2.0 VVT-i Hybrid Excel 5dr CVT
HYBRID
£28,194.00
COROLLA HATCHBACK
2.0 VVT-i Hybrid Excel 5dr CVT [JBL]
HYBRID
£28,644.00
COROLLA TOURING SPORT
2.0 VVT-i Hybrid Design 5dr CVT [Panoramic Roof]
HYBRID
£28,904.00
COROLLA HATCHBACK
2.0 VVT-i Hybrid Excel 5dr CVT [Bi-tone]
HYBRID
£28,959.00
COROLLA HATCHBACK
2.0 VVT-i Hybrid Excel 5dr CVT [Panoramic Roof]
HYBRID
£29,154.00
COROLLA HATCHBACK
2.0 VVT-i Hybrid Excel 5dr CVT [JBL/Bi-tone]
HYBRID
£29,409.00
COROLLA TOURING SPORT
2.0 VVT-i Hybrid Excel 5dr CVT
HYBRID
£29,464.00
COROLLA HATCHBACK
2.0 VVT-i Hybrid Excel 5dr CVT [JBL/Pan Roof]
HYBRID
£29,604.00
COROLLA TOURING SPORT
2.0 VVT-i Hybrid Excel 5dr CVT [JBL]
HYBRID
£29,914.00
COROLLA TOURING SPORT
2.0 VVT-i Hybrid Excel 5dr CVT [Panoramic Roof]
HYBRID
£30,424.00
COROLLA TOURING SPORT
2.0 VVT-i Hybrid Excel 5dr CVT [JBL/Pan Roof]
HYBRID
£30,874.00

Ten Second Review

Toyota wants to enter fresh territory with this Corolla and make hybrids more universally acceptable in the family hatchback segment. If that's going to work, this volume 1.8-litre petrol/electric model needs to be deeply impressive. We thought we'd try the hatch version to find out.

Background

The Corolla lineage is certainly impressive. It's still the world's most successful automotive model nameplate, dating back to 1966, since when 46 million cars have been produced. Away from naming semantics, there's much of interest here, not least the fact that the primary engines offered are petrol/electric hybrids. There are two of them from the brand this time round, a 1.8 and a 2.0-litre unit, both of the 'self-charging' non-plug-in variety. This Corolla also aims to change customer perceptions of Toyota in this sector, which tend to centre around expectations of drab interior quality, forgettable looks and boring drive dynamics. This car, we're promised, is a huge step forward from its Auris predecessor in all these areas. But will all that be enough to at last make this Japanese maker competitive at the sharp end of this class amongst Focuses and Golfs? There are three body styles on offer, a saloon variant joining the five-door hatch we tested and the alternative 'Touring Sports' estate. All are built on the 'TNGA' 'Toyota New Global Architecture' platform and the hatch and estate are constructed at the brand's British factory in Burnaston, Derbyshire.

ABOUT THE CAR

Take a look at the standard options on this car and the technical specifications
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km)
76
Standard Euro Emissions
EURO 6
Noise Level dB(A)
67
CO
0.105
HC
0.012
NOx
0.003
HC+NOx
0.015
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
101
Engine and Drive Train
Cylinders
4
Cylinder Layout
IN-LINE
Number of Valves
16
Camshaft
DOHC
Fuel Delivery
MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
Catalytic Convertor
True
Engine Layout
FRONT TRANSVERSE
Compression Ratio
13.0:1
Transmission
AUTO
Gears
1 SPEED
Cylinders - Bore (mm)
80.5
Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
88.3
CC
1798
Engine Code
2ZR-FXE
Fuel Consumption - ICE
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low
4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low
3.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium
3.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High
4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High
3.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High
5.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
4.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min
3.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min
3.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max
4.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min
3.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min
3.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max
4.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min
3.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min
3.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max
4.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min
5.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min
5.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max
6.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min
4.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min
4.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max
5.1
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
True
EC Urban (mpg)
88.3
EC Extra Urban (mpg)
78.5
EC Combined (mpg)
85.6
WLTP - MPG - Low
70.6
WLTP - MPG - Low
72.4
WLTP - MPG - Medium
76.4
WLTP - MPG - High
70.6
WLTP - MPG - High
72.43
WLTP - MPG - Extra High
50.4
WLTP - MPG - Comb
62.8
WLTP - MPG - Low - Min
76
WLTP - MPG - Low - Min
72.4
WLTP - MPG - Low - Max
62.3
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min
79.9
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min
76.4
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max
65.5
WLTP - MPG - High - Min
74.3
WLTP - MPG - High - Min
72.4
WLTP - MPG - High - Max
63.2
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min
52.8
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min
50.4
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max
44.8
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min
65.9
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min
62.8
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max
55.4
General
Coin Series
Icon
Coin Description
VVT-i Hybrid
Generation Mark
11
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
95
NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
84
NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
86
NCAP Safety Assist %
77
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
5
Badge Power
122
Badge Engine CC
1.8
Vehicle Homologation Class
M1
Special Edition
False
Special Order
False
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
12E
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
15E
Safety Concerns?
False
Performance
Engine Torque - MKG
14.5
Engine Power - BHP
122
Engine Power - PS
True
0 to 60 mph (secs)
False
0 to 62 mph (secs)
10.9
Top Speed
112
Engine Power - KW
90
Engine Power - RPM
5200
Engine Torque - LBS.FT
105
Engine Torque - NM
142
Engine Torque - RPM
3600
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle
NEDC Correlated
Tyres
Alloys?
True
Space Saver?
True
Tyre Size Rear
205/55 R16
Tyre Size Spare
SPACE SAVER
Tyre Size Spare
TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Type
16" ALLOY
Tyre Size Front
205/55 R16
Vehicle Dimensions
Height
1435
Length
4370
Width
1790
Wheelbase
2640
Weight and Capacities
Minimum Kerbweight
1295
Gross Vehicle Weight
1820
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
43
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
361
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
313
No. of Seats
5
Max. Towing Weight - Braked
750
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
450
Max. Loading Weight
525
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
1052
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
11
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Driving Experience

The 1.8-litre hybrid unit we tried works with a 53kW 600V electric motor to generate a combined system output of 122hp. That recipe might sound pretty similar to that of the old Auris hybrid, but the powerplant on offer here is now a much cleverer unit. There's an increased valve angle for a better fuel and air mix, plus it can switch at will between intake and direct injection to prioritise either performance or economy. Toyota says it's worked hard to better mate this package with the belt-driven CVT auto gearbox that all its hybrids have to have, pointing to the way that greater torque from the electric motor should now provide a more linear increase in revs under acceleration. And sure enough, if you've owned one of the brand's petrol/electric models before, you'll notice that this one is more driveable. But the whole point here is to garner conquest sales from customers previously used to a small diesel. These folk will still have to adapt to the way that big throttle inputs cause a flare of revs that the set-up initially struggles to translate into rapid forward movement. And they'll also still need to accept a vast reduction in mid-range pulling power; this engine's very modest 142Nm torque output is about 40% down on what you'd get from a typical 1.5 or 1.6-litre rival small diesel unit, something you'll really notice in give-and-take motoring; overtakes have to be planned much further in advance. Push on and you should find this Toyota far more dynamically able than its segment predecessors this time round. Throw the car into a corner and you'll find that though this Corolla is no Focus, it far from disgraces itself, with a decent level of front end grip and steering that's predictable and accurate, though rather light.

Design and Build

The Corolla nameplate may have been globally successful over half a century but it's never been applied to a really good looking family hatch - until now. As an alternative to this hatch body style, there are two further models, a 'Touring Sports' estate and a Saloon, both of which sit on version of the new GA-C platform lengthened by 60mm. All are sleeker, sharper looking and altogether more appealing than anything Toyota has previously offered in this segment. At the wheel, there are also big improvements. Material quality is impressive, with copious use of piano black and metallic-style surfacing. It's not all about the tinsel either. The cabin's ergonomically sound too, thanks to a reduction in instrument panel height that enhances your forward view and a wider centre console area that gives the cockpit more of a wraparound feel. Plus you also get comfortable seats, good forward visibility and reasonable amounts cabin storage. Further helping with the overall feeling of greater sophistication is the view you get through the much smarter three-spoke leather-stitched wheel - that of a new instrument binnacle that Toyota has chosen to present with a combination of digital and analogue design. Anything it can't tell you will probably be covered off by an 8-inch 'Toyota Touch 2' centre-dash screen that deals with the usual DAB audio, Bluetooth, navigation and online connectivity options. Though it isn't cutting-edge in terms of graphical sophistication, we appreciate the fact that it incorporates a standard rear view camera. There's reasonable rear seat space. And out back, the hatch offers a 381-litre boot.
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