TOYOTA

TOYOTA COROLLA SALOON 1.8 VVT-i Hybrid Icon 4dr CVT

Fuel

FuelPetrol/Electric Hybrid

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph11s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2102 g/km

This Saloon body shape usefully broadens the market appeal for Toyota's Corolla. This Turkish-built variant is the first compact sedan with full-Hybrid power - which will attract a small but loyal bank of buyers.

SOMETHING OLD SOMETHING NEW

Toyota's Corolla Saloon blends an old-school look with modern tech. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Ten Second Review

This Saloon body shape usefully broadens the market appeal for Toyota's Corolla. This Turkish-built variant is the first compact sedan with full-Hybrid power - which will attract a small but loyal bank of buyers.

Background

Why does Toyota offer a saloon version of the Corolla? It's a reasonable question given that the market demand for sedans in the family hatch segment is tiny. But there's actually a very good reason. The Japanese maker no longer has a conventional mid-range saloon offering these days, having killed off the Mondeo-sized Avensis model back in 2018. And that car used to shift around 4,000 units a year in our market, people who would still probably like to consider choosing a Toyota. The Corolla Saloon aims to keep these folk loyal to the brand. It's a bit different from the old Avensis of course - but actually not that much smaller; there's a huge 471-litre boot. The key thing that's different from that old car - and the thing that sets this Corolla Saloon apart from direct segment rivals like saloon versions of the Fiat Tipo and the Mazda3 - is that it only comes with a full-Hybrid engine. The Avensis never got one of those and customers of compact saloons won't be used to having that option. Should they welcome it here?

Driving Experience

Unlike the Corolla hatch and Touring Sports estate models, this Corolla Saloon can't be had with the 184hp 2.0-litre full-Hybrid engine recently developed for this model. So the petrol engine in question for Saloon buyers of this car will be Toyota's usual 1.8-litre full-Hybrid unit, which works with a 53kW 600V electric motor to generate a combined system output of 122hp. As a full-Hybrid, this powertrain has the advantage of offering an all-electric drive capability, with zero emissions and very low fuel consumption. Which sets it apart from the mild-Hybrid 2.0-litre Skyactiv-G engine that you'll be offered in this car's closest rival, the Mazda3 Saloon, a car that can't ever be run with independent electric motion. This Corolla's engineering 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. 62mph from rest occupies 11.0s, en route to a 112mph maximum. Expect refinement to be excellent; certainly far better than it would be in a rival rumbly diesel.

Design and Build

There's actually quite a lot that is different here over a Corolla hatch. For a start, this Saloon sits on a longer wheelbase - the one used for the 'Touring Sports' Corolla estate. And, unlike the hatch and estate, it's not built in Britain at Toyota's Burnaston factory in Derbyshire. It's assembled instead in Turkey, because this saloon variant is made primarily to appeal to buyers in Russia and Eastern Europe, who generally prefer their Corolla to be a saloon. The styling of this sedan body shape is a bit different to that of the two other body styles as well - and not only with the change to a notchback. The bumpers, headlights and tail lamps are all different. Inside, rear seat space is better than it is on the hatch because of that longer wheelbase, which is why this variant appeals to the taxi trade. Out back, there's a much bigger boot than the hatch - this saloon rated at 471-litres - but of course, it'd be more awkward to get bulky items in and unfortunately, it's not possible to flatten the rear bet backrest to extend the load bay. Up-front, there's the usual Corolla cabin, which can't offer cutting-edge infotainment but feels of much higher quality than the old Auris model.

Market and Model

The full-Hybrid engine puts the price of this Corolla Saloon well above that of a rival Fiat Tipo Saloon - but not so far above a competing mild-Hybrid Mazda3 Saloon. We're talking around £24,000 for the entry-level 'Icon' variant, with prices rising to around £25,000 for mid-range 'Icon Tech'-spec and around £26,000 for top 'Design' trim. The brand won't be offering the conventional 1.6-litre petrol engine that's available with this Corolla variant in other markets. Even 'Icon' variants deliver 16-inch alloy wheels, heated front seats with lumbar support, automatic LED headlights and dual-zone air conditioning. There's also an 8-inch centre-dash 'Toyota Touch 2' touchscreen, your access point to a DAB tuner and a reversing camera. As the name suggests, the 'Icon Tech' grade adds further useful technology features, including satellite navigation and voice control, plus parking sensors and Intelligent Park Assist' set-up that will steer you into spaces. All Corollas get as standard the full package of 'Toyota Safety Sense' camera-driven safety features. These include autonomous braking, adaptive cruise control, Lane Trace Assist, Road Sign Assist and Automatic High beam.

Cost of Ownership

Toyota thinks that Corolla Saloon buyers will be happy to be limited to a Hybrid engine - and a look at the WLTP efficiency stats reveals why. This car manages 62.8mpg on the combined cycle and up to 101g/km of CO2 in base 'Icon' form. 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. The Japanese maker describes the Corolla's Hybrid technology as being of the 'self-charging' sort, 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 most spares are relatively inexpensive. There's also three years warranty against rust and 12 years of anti-corrosion protection.

Summary

There are reasons why Eastern European customers prefer small saloons - and Corolla saloon buyers will readily identify with them. More rear seat space; more secure storage - and arguably, more elegant looks. To those virtues, this Toyota adds the advantage of full-Hybrid power - though the installation of that engine elevates its price above direct market rivals. Otherwise, it's the usual Corolla recipe - well built and now pretty stylish too. Plus levels of camera safety and equipment that rivals struggle to better. The Corolla Saloon represents a glimpse back to the kind of body style families used to want, combined with the kind of engine that today, they ought to need. If for you, that's an attractive combination, you'll find this an attractive prospect.

  • Power front windows
  • Power rear windows
  • Auto up and down function on all power windows

  • Anti lock braking system + Electronic brake force distribution
  • Brake assist function
  • HAC-Hill-start Assist Control
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Traction control

  • Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)

  • Bluetooth telephone connectivity
  • Voice recognition
  • E-call

  • Lane trace assist with sway warning function
  • Reversing camera

  • Electrically assisted power steering
  • Push button start
  • Connected car functionality upgrade, tracker, remote status and e-care

  • EV drive indicator
  • Road sign assist - RSA
  • 7" Multi information display screen

  • Heated and coloured side mirrors
  • Power adjustable heated door mirrors

  • Gasoline particulate filter

  • AM/FM radio
  • Toyota touch 2 multimedia system with 8" display
  • USB and Aux in connectors + 12V front outlet
  • DAB Digital radio
  • 6 speakers

  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Shark fin antenna
  • Body coloured outside door handles
  • Turn indicators in side mirrors

  • Halogen auto high beam headlights
  • Light remind warning with auto cut off
  • LED rear combination lights (tail/stop) + Bulb (turn)
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Manual headlight levelling
  • Front fog lights

  • Dual zone automatic air conditioning
  • Acoustic vehicle alert system (AVAS)

  • Front and rear door pockets
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Rear coat hooks
  • Tilt/telescopic steering column
  • Fabric upholstery
  • 2 cup holders in front
  • Leather shift lever
  • Driver and passenger assist grip
  • 12V connector
  • Glovebox with internal light
  • Satin chrome inside door handles

  • Illuminated entry system in room lamp

  • Toyota safety sense 2 - Corolla

  • Manual airbag on/off switch
  • Rear seat belt reminder
  • Supplemental restraint system (SRS) airbags - 7 airbags including driver, front passenger, curtain, side and knee airbags
  • Tyre pressure warning system
  • Pre collision system
  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • Front seatbelt reminder

  • Front and rear heated seats
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • Seatbelt pretensioners and force limiters
  • 3 rear headrests
  • Front head restraints
  • Front passenger seatback pockets
  • Driver's seat lumbar support
  • Height adjustable driver seat
  • Driver and front passenger Whiplash Injury Lessening seats
  • ISOFIX seat fixing (2 fixings on rear outer seats)

  • Power passenger window lock
  • Child safety door lock
  • Power door locks
  • Alarm immobilizer + siren + sensor + Thatcham lock

  • Driver and passenger sun visor with mirror

  • 16" alloy wheels

  • Space saver spare wheel

  • Noise Level dB(A): 68
  • CO: 0.125
  • HC: 0.016
  • NOx: 0.002
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • CO2 (g/km): 77
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 90
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 103
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 97
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 110
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 102
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min: 90
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max: 104
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min: 103
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max: 130
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min: 97
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max: 105
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min: 110
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max: 130
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 119
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 102

  • Engine Code: 2ZR-FXE
  • 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

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 67.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 67.3
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 74.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 70.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 62.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 67.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 61.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 67.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 49.6
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 74.3
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 61.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 70.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 49.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 62.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 54.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 4.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 3.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 5.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 4.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 4.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 4.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 3.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 5.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 4.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 5.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 5.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 4.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 5.2

  • Generation Mark: 11
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: True
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: Icon
  • Coin Description: VVT-i Hybrid
  • 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
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 15E

  • Engine Power - BHP: 122
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 11
  • Top Speed: 112
  • Engine Power - KW: 90
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5200
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 105
  • Engine Torque - NM: 142
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 3600
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 14.5

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Tyre Size Rear: 205/55 R16
  • Tyre Size Spare: SPACE SAVER
  • Wheel Type: 16" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 205/55 R16
  • Wheel Style: N
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: True

  • Width (including mirrors): N
  • Height: 1435
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4630
  • Width: 1780
  • Wheelbase: 2700

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1310
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1835
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 43
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 471
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 750
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 450
  • Max. Loading Weight: 525
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.8

  • Metallic paint: £600
  • Pearlescent paint: £900
  • Solid paint: Included

  • Saloon protection pack - Corolla: £299

  • Metallic - Eclipse Black: £600
  • Metallic - Satin grey: £600
  • Metallic - Metal stream: £600

  • Pearl - Scarlet flare: £900

  • Solid - Pure white: £0

  • Detachable towbar with 13 pin wiring: £599

  • Fabric - Black: £0

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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