TOYOTA

TOYOTA COROLLA HATCHBACK 2.0 VVT-i Hybrid GR Sport 5dr CVT [Bi-tone]

Fuel

FuelPetrol/Electric Hybrid

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph7.9s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2119 g/km

THE MORE IT CHANGES.

.the more it stays the same? Toyota's Corolla has taken a big step forward. June Neary checks it out

Will It Suit Me?

More than any model before it, Toyota's latest Corolla is on a mission to be all things to all people; well most things to a lot of people would be more accurate. It's still the world's most successful automotive model nameplate, dating back to 1966, since when 46 million cars have been produced. In 2007, Toyota unaccountably ditched the Corolla name and brought us instead two generations of their Auris model. But now the Corolla's back with a far stronger proposition than the Auris ever offered. I thought I'd try it in the hybrid form most buyers will choose.

Practicalities

Toyota's family hatchbacks have always been eminently practical propositions. Older Corolla models probably represented the greatest exposition of the car as an example of white goods: unexciting, utterly reliable and representing the classic 'low involvement' buying decision. Basically, it was a vehicle bought by people who had no interest or affection for cars. A glance at the appealing lines of this modern Corolla though, shows that it's cut from a different cloth. Three body styles are available, a Saloon, a 'Touring Sports' estate or the hatchback that I tried. Inside, 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 a 8-inch 'Toyota Touch 2' centre-dash screen that deals with the usual DAB audio, Bluetooth, navigation and online connectivity options. Back seat space isn't overly generous, but adequate by class standards. And there's a reasonable boot that in the 1.8-litre Hybrid model I tried is rated at 361-litres.

Behind the Wheel

The self-charging hybrid proposition with this Corolla is vastly improved over what was provided by its forgettable Auris predecessor. With the 1.8-litre variant I tried - the one most customers will choose - the response to throttle input is slightly more linear than with previous Toyota hybrid models, though the disconnect between the accelerator pedal and the CVT auto gearbox can still be frustrating. The brand has worked hard on this 122hp electrified unit, equipping hatch and estate Corollas that use it with a lithium-ion battery that's smaller, lighter and can deliver more power to assist the engine thanks to improved recuperation capabilities. That helps with fuel economy that on a 1.8 Hybrid hatch can be up to 66mpg on the WLTP-rated combined cycle. That's a fraction less than you'd get with a small rival diesel-powered competitor, but this Corolla's CO2 emissions showing - up to 76g/km for a 1.8 Hybrid hatch on 16-inch wheels - is far better than any comparable black pump-fuelled rival can manage, so your tax payments will be much reduced. Significantly, Toyota has decided that this time round, its family hatch contender must offer a choice of hybrid options, slotting in a 2.0-litre 180hp electrified unit in at the top of the range. Here, the link between accelerator position, revs and actual performance is far better matched and you no longer have to spend so much time with the accelerator rammed against its bump stops when you're running late for wherever it is you've got to be. There is a third Corolla engine option - a conventional 1.2-litre petrol turbo unit with 116hp - but only around 10% of buyers are expected to want it. Whichever powerplant you prefer, my experience suggests that this Toyota is 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.

Value For Money

With prices starting from around the £24,000 mark, the Corolla hybrid isn't cheap but it stacks up reasonably against its diesel competitors. Reliability is virtually assured, and there's always a ready market when it comes to resale time. As with any up-spec car, the plushest versions won't perform as well when it's time to sell on as a cheaper Corolla model, but you'd live with that for all the additional equipment it comes with.

Could I Live With One?

Most definitely. The Corolla has just the sort of practical attributes I like without being so bland that it extinguishes the will to live nor so racy my neighbours will think I've just divorced the old man. More of the same then from Toyota, but with an added - and very welcome - sparkle.

  • Privacy glass
  • Power front windows
  • Power rear windows
  • Rear window wiper
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Auto up and down function on all power windows
  • Anti-jam protection on power windows

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

  • Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)

  • Bluetooth telephone connectivity
  • E-call

  • Reversing camera
  • Intelligent park assist
  • Speed limiter

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

  • EV drive indicator
  • 3D Colour multi information display
  • Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android auto
  • Head up Display

  • Auto dimming inside rear view mirror
  • Power adjustable heated door mirrors
  • Reverse tilting door mirrors
  • Automatic folding mirrors

  • Gasoline particulate filter

  • Toyota touch 2 with go navigation system
  • 2 ring combimeters with 7" colour TFT screen
  • USB and Aux in connectors + 12V front outlet
  • 6 speakers
  • DAB Digital radio
  • AM/FM radio
  • 8" Touchscreen with MM19 Multimedia system and voice recognition

  • Shark fin antenna
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Black toyota logo in front
  • Unique piano black surround and hot stamping grille finish
  • Unique lower skirt
  • Unique side rocker with black insert
  • Body coloured outside door handles

  • LED rear combi lights with LED lightguide
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED Headlights
  • Automatic headlights with high beam assist
  • LED front fog lights

  • Clean air filter
  • Pollen filter
  • Dual zone automatic air conditioning with ECO mode switch
  • Acoustic vehicle alert system (AVAS)

  • Alcantara/partial leather upholstery
  • Steering wheel switches
  • Power lumbar support
  • Tilt/telescopic steering column
  • 3 spoke leather steering wheel + gear knob

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

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

  • WIL - Whiplash Injury Lessening seats
  • Heated seats
  • Front head restraints
  • 3 rear headrests
  • Seatbelt pretensioners and force limiters
  • ISOFIX seat fixing (2 fixings on rear outer seats)

  • Remote central locking + deadlocks
  • Alarm with motion sensor and immobilizer

  • Unique wheel finish with red wheel cap

  • Space saver spare wheel

  • Noise Level dB(A): 67
  • CO: 0.188
  • HC: 0.022
  • NOx: 0.004
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • CO2 (g/km): 89
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 111
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 102
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 100
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 144
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 119
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min: 111
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max: 128
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min: 102
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max: 132
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min: 100
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max: 106
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min: 144
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max: 146
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 127
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 119

  • Engine Code: M20A-FXS
  • 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: 14.0:1
  • Transmission: AUTO
  • Gears: 1 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 80.5
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 97.6
  • CC: 1987

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 57.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 62.8
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 63.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 44.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 53.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 57.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 49.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 62.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 48.4
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 63.9
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 60.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 44.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 43.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 53.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 50.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 4.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 4.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 4.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 6.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 5.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 4.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 5.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 4.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 5.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 4.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 4.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 6.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 6.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 5.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 5.6

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: True
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: GR Sport [Bi-tone]
  • 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: 184
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 21E

  • Engine Power - BHP: 184
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 7.9
  • Top Speed: 112
  • Engine Power - KW: 135
  • Engine Power - RPM: 6000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 140
  • Engine Torque - NM: 190
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 4400
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 19.4

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

  • Tyre Size Rear: 225/40 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare: SPACE SAVER
  • Wheel Type: 18" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 225/40 R18
  • Wheel Style: MACHINED FACE
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: True

  • Width (including mirrors): N
  • Height: 1435
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4370
  • Width: 1790
  • Wheelbase: 2640

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1340
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1910
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 43
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 313
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 750
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 450
  • Max. Loading Weight: 570
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1052
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11

  • Bi-tone Pearlescent paint: £900
  • Bi-tone Metallic paint: £600
  • Bi-tone solid paint: Included

  • Essential protection pack - Corolla Trek/GR Sport: £199

  • Bi-tone pearl - Sterling silver: £900
  • Bi-tone pearl - Scarlet flare: £900
  • Bi-tone metallic - Ash grey: £600
  • Bi-tone solid - Pure white: £0
  • Bi-tone metallic - Denim Blue: £600
  • Bi-tone metallic - Manhattn Grey: £600
  • Bi-tone metallic - Obsidian Blue: £600
  • Bi-tone pearl - White: £900

  • Alcantara/partial leather - Black sport seats: £0

  • 17" Black alloy wheels: £599
  • 17" Silver alloy wheels: £599
  • 18" gloss black alloy wheels: £699
  • 17" machined face alloy wheels: £599
  • 18" machined face alloy wheels: Included

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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