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TOYOTA COROLLA HATCHBACK

1.8 VVT-i Hybrid Design 5dr CVT [Panoramic Roof]

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Optional Extras

Exterior Features

Packs

Paintwork

Trim

Wheels

Fuel Type
Fuel Type Hybrid
Mileage
Mileage 78.50mpg
Co2
Co2 110.00g/km
Transmission
Transmission Automatic
Top Speed
Top Speed 112mph

Standard Equipment

Technical Data

Review

Driver Convenience

  • Bluetooth telephone connectivity
  • E-call
  • Electrically assisted power steering
  • Intelligent park assist
  • Push button start
  • Reversing camera
  • Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android auto
  • Speed limiter
  • Voice activation

Entertainment

  • 2 ring combimeters with 7" colour TFT screen
  • 6 speakers
  • 8" multimedia and back monitor
  • AM/FM radio
  • DAB Digital radio
  • Toyota touch 2 with go navigation system
  • USB and Aux in connectors + 12V front outlet

Exterior Features

  • Anti-jam protection on power windows
  • Auto dimming inside rear view mirror
  • Auto up and down function on all power windows
  • Automatic folding mirrors
  • Automatic headlights
  • Automatic wipers
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED front fog lights
  • LED Headlights
  • LED rear combi lights with LED lightguide
  • Power front windows
  • Power rear windows
  • Privacy glass
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Rear window wiper
  • Reverse tilting door mirrors
  • Shark fin antenna
  • Toyota skyview opening panoramic sunroof

Interior Features

  • 3 rear headrests
  • 3 spoke leather steering wheel + gear knob
  • Clean air filter
  • Dual zone automatic air conditioning with ECO mode switch
  • Fabric upholstery
  • Front head restraints
  • Heated seats
  • ISOFIX seat fixing (2 fixings on rear outer seats)
  • Pollen filter
  • Power lumbar support
  • Seatbelt pretensioners and force limiters
  • Steering wheel switches
  • Tilt/telescopic steering column
  • WIL - Whiplash Injury Lessening seats

Packs

  • Parking pack - Corolla
  • Toyota safety sense 2 pack - Corolla

Safety

  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • Adjustable front driver seat belt extender
  • Anti lock braking system + Electronic brake force distribution
  • Brake assist function
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Front passenger airbag on/off switch
  • Front seatbelt reminder
  • HAC-Hill-start Assist Control
  • Rear seat belt reminder
  • Supplemental restraint system (SRS) 7 airbags - dual driver, dual side curtain, side impact and driver knee airbags
  • Traction control
  • Tyre pressure warning system

Security

  • Alarm/immobiliser
  • Remote central locking + deadlocks

Technical

  • Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)

Emissions - ICE

  • CO
    0.105
  • CO2 (g/km)
    83
  • HC
    0.012
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Noise Level dB(A)
    67
  • NOx
    0.003
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    110
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max
    116
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min
    110
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High
    138
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max
    143
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min
    138
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High
    97
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max
    102
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min
    97
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low
    98
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max
    103
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min
    98
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium
    93
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max
    98
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min
    93

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    1798
  • Compression Ratio
    13.0:1
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    4
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    80.5
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    88.3
  • Engine Code
    2ZR-FXE
  • Engine Layout
    FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Delivery
    MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
  • Gears
    1 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    16
  • Transmission
    AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Combined (mpg)
    78.5
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg)
    74.3
  • EC Urban (mpg)
    80.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
    4.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max
    5.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min
    4.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High
    6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max
    6.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min
    6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High
    4.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max
    4.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min
    4.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low
    4.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max
    4.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min
    4.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium
    4.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max
    4.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min
    4.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb
    57.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max
    55.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min
    57.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High
    47.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max
    44.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min
    47.1
  • WLTP - MPG - High
    65.7
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max
    63.2
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min
    65.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Low
    65.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max
    62.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min
    65.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium
    68.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max
    65.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min
    68.9

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    Yes
  • Badge Engine CC
    1.8
  • Badge Power
    122
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    VVT-i Hybrid
  • Coin Series
    Design [Pan Roof]
  • Generation Mark
    11
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    15E
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    95
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    84
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    5
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    86
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    77
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    10.9
  • Engine Power - BHP
    122
  • Engine Power - KW
    90
  • Engine Power - RPM
    5200
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    105
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    14.5
  • Engine Torque - NM
    142
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    3600
  • Top Speed
    112

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    225/45 R17
  • Tyre Size Rear
    225/45 R17
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    Not Available
  • Wheel Type
    17" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1435
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    4370
  • Wheelbase
    2640
  • Width
    1790
  • Width (including mirrors)
    Not Available

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    43
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    1820
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    1052
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    313
  • Max. Loading Weight
    525
  • Max. Roof Load
    75
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    750
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    450
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1295
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    11

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

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.

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.

Market and Model

Corolla hybrid pricing starts from around £24,000 - which gets you the hatch version we tried; Saloon and Touring Sports estate body styles are also available. The 1.8-litre Hybrid engine is the only unit in the range to be available with all trim levels - 'Icon', 'Icon Tech', 'Design' and top 'Excel'). As an alternative to the 122hp 1.8-litre unit, Toyota also offers a 180ho 2.0-litre hybrid unit, but it's only available with pricier trim levels and consequently, is priced from around £27,500. Equipment levels are pretty generous, with all models getting LED headlights, heated front seats and a reversing camera. And base 'Icon' trim also includes 16-inch alloy wheels, LED tail lamps, front fog lamps, a shark fin antenna, an alarm and dusk-sensing and manual levelling features for the headlamps. On the inside, there's dual-zone air conditioning and leather trim for the steering wheel and gear knob, plus the front seats feature powered lumbar support. Infotainment's taken care of by an eight-inch 'Toyota Touch 2' multimedia centre-dash display that lets you Bluetooth-in your smartphone and provides access to a six speaker DAB stereo system. There's also a 'Drive Mode Select' driving modes system and an 'eCall emergency assistance set-up, part of an extensive rosta of standard safety kit.

Cost of Ownership

We've got to the point where a 'self-charging' (ie. a 'non-plug-in') hybrid model costs hardly any more to buy than an equivalent small diesel. But have we also got to the point where such an engine can match or beat its diesel counterpart in terms of real-world fuel economy? Let's see. The version of this Corolla that most customers will buy - the 1.8-litre Hybrid on test here - manages between 55.4 and 65.9mpg on combined cycle WLTP tests. That's quite a span, reflecting our experience that official fuel results in a hybrid are much harder to achieve than they are in a diesel. To give you some perspective, for a comparable Volkswagen Golf 1.6 TDI DSG auto, the combined cycle span is 51.4 to 54.3mpg. And for a Ford Focus 1.5 EcoBlue 120PS auto, it's 49.6 to 54.3mpg. But even if a comparable small diesel family hatch does end up being slightly more economical than an electrified 1.8-litre Corolla, it won't be able to get anywhere near this Toyota's CO2 emissions showing. That's rated at up to 76g/km for a 1.8-litre Hybrid Hatch model on 16-inch wheels. For that Golf model we mentioned, the best official figure is 104g/km, while for the Focus, it's 109g/km. And all that'll add up when it comes to your Benefit-in-Kind tax status.

Summary

So what do we have here? A name from the past which packages up technology from the future. Very soon, all family hatchback-class models will feature model line-ups that are primarily electrified. But Toyota has brought us that right now. In a car its volume brand competitors will have to take very seriously indeed. If you're going the hybrid route with a car in this sector, it makes sense to buy into the brand that has most experience in producing this kind of powertrain - and that's unquestionably Toyota. Which leaves us saluting Toyota's strongest ever proposition in the family hatchback segment. Because the market for hybrid models still isn't fully formed, the Corolla won't threaten the class leaders in terms of overall sales. But it's probably the cleverest choice you could make in the sector. And a massive step forward from its uninspired Auris predecessor. If you're looking for a car in this class, this one probably isn't currently on your shopping list. We think it ought to be.

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