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TOYOTA COROLLA HATCHBACK

2.0 VVT-i Hybrid Excel 5dr CVT [JBL]

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Optional Extras

Exterior Features

Packs

Paintwork

Trim

Wheels

Fuel Type
Fuel Type Hybrid
Mileage
Mileage 72.40mpg
Co2
Co2 120.00g/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
  • 8 speakers
  • 8" multimedia and back monitor
  • 800 Watt amplifier
  • AM/FM radio
  • DAB Digital radio
  • JBL Premium Sound System
  • 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
  • Bi-LED headlights with LED lightguide
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED front fog lights
  • 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

Interior Features

  • 3 rear headrests
  • 3 spoke leather steering wheel + gear knob
  • Clean air filter
  • Dual zone automatic air conditioning with ECO mode switch
  • Front head restraints
  • Full leather upholstery
  • Heated seats
  • interior illumination
  • ISOFIX seat fixing (2 fixings on rear outer seats)
  • Pollen filter
  • Power lumbar support
  • Seatbelt pretensioners and force limiters
  • Sports seats
  • 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
  • Smart entry

Technical

  • Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)

Wheels

  • Tyre repair kit

Emissions - ICE

  • CO
    0.188
  • CO2 (g/km)
    89
  • HC
    0.022
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Noise Level dB(A)
    67
  • NOx
    0.004
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    120
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max
    127
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min
    120
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High
    144
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max
    146
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min
    144
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High
    100
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max
    107
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min
    100
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low
    111
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max
    128
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min
    111
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium
    102
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max
    132
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min
    102

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    1987
  • Compression Ratio
    14.0:1
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    4
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    80.5
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    97.6
  • Engine Code
    M20A-FXS
  • 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)
    72.4
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg)
    70.6
  • EC Urban (mpg)
    78.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
    5.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max
    5.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min
    5.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High
    6.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max
    6.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min
    6.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High
    4.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max
    4.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min
    4.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low
    4.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max
    5.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min
    4.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium
    4.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max
    5.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min
    4.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb
    53.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max
    50.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min
    53.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High
    44.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max
    43.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min
    44.1
  • WLTP - MPG - High
    63.9
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max
    60.1
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min
    63.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Low
    57.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max
    49.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min
    57.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium
    62.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max
    48.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min
    62.8

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    Yes
  • Badge Engine CC
    2.0
  • Badge Power
    184
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    VVT-i Hybrid
  • Coin Series
    Excel [JBL]
  • Generation Mark
    11
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    21E
  • 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)
    7.9
  • Engine Power - BHP
    184
  • Engine Power - KW
    135
  • Engine Power - RPM
    6000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    140
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    19.4
  • Engine Torque - NM
    190
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    4400
  • Top Speed
    112

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    225/40 R18
  • Tyre Size Rear
    225/40 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    MACHINED FACE
  • Wheel Type
    18" 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
    1910
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    1052
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    313
  • Max. Loading Weight
    570
  • Max. Roof Load
    75
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    750
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    450
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1340
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    11.4

Toyota's twelth generation Corolla Hybrid gains significant upgrades in its hatch and Touring Sports estate forms. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Background

Toyota was aiming to enter fresh territory with this 12th generation Corolla back in 2018 at its original launch. For one thing, it needed to make Hybrids more universally acceptable in this segment - that's why there are two of them with this current model, a 1.8 and a 2.0-litre unit, both of the 'self-charging' non-plug-in variety. This Corolla also aimed 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 'E210'-series model turned out to be a huge step forward from its Auris predecessor in all these areas. But that wasn't quite enough to at last make this Japanese maker competitive at the sharp end of this class amongst Focuses and Golfs. The brand is getting closer though, particularly with the revised Corolla range we look at here, which continues to use the 'TNGA' 'Toyota New Global Architecture' platform and builds on world record sales of more than 50 million Corollas over twelve generations since 1966. There's now a Corolla SUV body style too, but our focus here is on the volume hatch and 'Touring Sports' estate body shapes, now usefully improved with a fifth generation hybrid system and a significant upgrade in interior quality and media tech. Let's take a look.

Driving Experience

This revised Corolla gets the fifth generation of Toyota's full-Hybrid self-charging powerplant and, as before, it's available in both 1.8 and 2.0-litre petrol forms. The big differences come with the smaller capacity 1.8-litre unit, with power output up from 120 to 138bhp, bringing a 1.7s reduction in the 0-62mph sprint time to 9.2s. A lot of that's down to weight-saving (the hybrid system's more powerful lithium-ion battery is 18kgs lighter), plus driveability's been improved too, thanks to a redesign for the power control unit and the transaxle motor. In addition, the hybrid control has been recalibrated to provide acceleration feel closer to throttle pedal use, with less of the previous 'rubber band' effect. As before, it all works via CVT auto gearbox with six speeds. Whichever powerplant you prefer, you should find this Toyota dynamically able - far more so than some of its segment predecessors. 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. The 2.0-litre variant's obviously the one to choose if you want a little extra performance, this version (now with power raised from 180 to 193bhp) making rest to 62mph in 7.5s (around a second faster than a VW Golf 2.0 TDI), but more relevant is the huge improvement in response in the 30-50mph overtaking increment that makes the car feel so much more flexible and spontaneously powerful on faster roads. Don't misunderstand us: a 2.0-litre Hybrid Corolla is still way down on the level of pulling power a black pump-fuelled engine would produce, with a 190Nm figure that's almost 50% less than a comparable 2.0-litre diesel. But you notice the shortfall much less than you do with the 1.8-litre Hybrid.

Design and Build

Subtle updates mark out this revised version of the 12th generation Corolla. These include changes to the front grille mesh pattern, fog light bezels and alloy wheel designs. Higher grades of the hatchback and Touring Sports estate models gain smarter bi-LED headlights with an Adaptive High-beam System. In addition to these two core body styles, there's also a completely separate Corolla Cross SUV model, though that's not our focus here. Size-wise, the standard Corolla hatch that most customers choose is pitched plumb in the centre of its segment, slightly shorter than a Ford Focus and quite a bit longer than a Golf. Inside, the changes are farer-reaching, the key one being a much-needed upgrade to the central infotainment screen, which grows in size to 10.5-inches and gains the facility for over-the-air updates. Plus from mid-range trim levels upwards, the driver's instrument display gains a 12.3-inch combimeter that can be customised to preference across four different modes - 'Casual', 'Smart', 'Sport' and 'Tough'. The driver can also make use of a new on-board voice agent that recognises natural, conversational requests to operate the multimedia, or vehicle functions such as opening or closing windows. The cabin's now of higher quality too, with new graphics, trims and embossed patterns that add three-dimensional depth and tactile appeal to the upholsteries, surfaces and finishes. The trim and seat upholstery combinations follow smarter Dark and Light Harmony themes with co-ordinated colours and finishes to give the interior a contemporary, elegant feel. Otherwise, it's much as you were. Rear seat space isn't hugely generous, but two adults will fit OK. Boot space for the 1.8-litre models is rated at 361-litres or the hatch and 598-litres for the Touring Sports estate. Bear in mind that these figures are slightly reduced if you choose the 2.0-litre version.

Market and Model

Toyota isn't bothering here to try and provide an affordable entry-level model, prices across the all-Hybrid, all-automatic range starting from around £27,000. There's a premium of around £1,300 to go from the five-door hatch body shape to the 'Touring Sports' estate. Though you can no longer have a Saloon, there is now a separate Cross Cross SUV model. For the hatch and the Touring Sports estate, there are five main trim levels - 'Icon', 'Icon Tech', 'Design', 'GR Sport' and 'Excel', plus the Touring Sports estate also gets an extra SUV-inspired 'TREK' variant. All of these spec levels deliver even more kit for the latest model year, with fresh colours that include a vibrant 'Juniper Blue'. The dynamic-looking 'GR Sport' version's been upgraded too. This improved Corolla is equipped with Toyota T-Mate, which combines the latest generation Toyota Safety Sense package with other active driving and parking assistance features. Improvements in the operation and functionality of the systems include Acceleration Suppression, which reacts to sudden use of the accelerator when travelling at low speed; collision avoidance support when making a turn at an intersection; Emergency Steering Assist that can now react to oncoming vehicles; lateral collision avoidance and curve speed reduction. There's also now a 'Safe Exit Assist' system, which stops doors being opened in the face on oncoming vehicles, cyclists or pedestrians. And a 'Rear Seat Reminder' has been added, which alerts the driver to look at the rear seats as they leave the car.

Cost of Ownership

Toyota has decided that all Corolla buyers should have a Hybrid engine - and a look at the efficiency stats reveals why. The stats are still pretty eye-catching, a typical 1.8-litre Hybrid Corolla Hatch with 'Icon' trim managing up to 62.8mpg on the combined cycle and up to 102g/km of CO2. That's further helped, Toyota expects, by the fact that for typical customers, up to 50% of typical commuting journeys will be accomplished in all-electric drive. For the 2.0-litre Hybrid hatch, the best stats are up to 57.7mpg and up to 107g/km. The Japanese maker describes the Corolla's Hybrid technology as being of the 'self-charging' variety, which means that it isn't of the currently popular Plug-in variety. The brand of course has PHEV technology (it's available on top versions of its Prius model) but currently feels it isn't necessary for the Corolla line-up. What else? Well, the five year 100,000 mile warranty is extremely good and even after that runs out, you'll find that you can extend it for nothing up to a maximum of ten years, providing you have the car regularly serviced at a Toyota dealer. There's also three years warranty against rust and 12 years of anti-corrosion protection.

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, particularly in this updated form. 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. But this model also has other things to recommend it, with levels of safety and media connectivity that rivals struggle to better. Overall, if you're looking for a car in this segment, a Corolla may not currently be on your shopping list. We think it ought to be.

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