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No diesel here: Toyota Corolla returns with more hybrid options than ever

  • Toyota brings back Corolla badge for Auris replacement
  • Available to order now, with CO2 emissions as low as 77g/km
  • Choice of two hybrid engines available - still want that diesel?

Remember the Toyota Corolla? It’s one of the oldest names in the industry and, after a brief sabbatical, it’s back. Serving to replace the outgoing Auris, the headline news is the option of two hybrid engines: the familiar 1.8-litre from the previous model and a new 2.0-litre offering more performance.

Performance boost for hybrid tech

The Toyota Corolla offers three different engines in the range: starting with a 1.2-litre turbocharged unit, rising up to a 1.8- and 2.0-litre petrol-electric hybrid system.

The smallest engine on offer produces 116hp and 185Nm, and is only available with a six-speed manual. It has the highest top speed and will beat the 1.8-litre to 62mph, but it will cost you in BIK and at the pumps.

The 1.8-litre hybrid produces 122hp and 142Nm of torque, while the electric motor produces 72hp and 163Nm of torque. This level of performance is aimed at tempting drivers out of their smaller capacity diesels, balancing adequate performance and low running costs.

Toyota Corolla hybrid Excel, 2.0-litre engine

The largest 2.0-litre is going after those with equal-sized diesel engines, producing 180hp and 190Nm of torque. There’s a more powerful 650v electric motor to accompany this, as well as a nickel-metal hydride battery with a higher capacity of 6.5Ah. The 1.8-litre uses a lithium-ion one with a 3.6Ah capacity instead.

Find out all the performance details of the Corolla range here

How much does the Toyota Corolla cost as a company car?

With a P11D price as low as £20,860, this gets you the 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol, emitting the highest amount of CO2. As a result, this results in a 24% BIK tax rate, leading to a monthly BIK cost of just under £84 for a 20% tax payer.

 

P11D

BIK rate (%)

Monthly BIK cost (20%)

mpg (WLTP)

1.2-litre Icon

20,860

24

£83.44

39.4-47.2

1.2-litre Icon Tech

21,910

24

£87.64

39.4-47.2

1.8-litre Icon Tech

24,500

19

£77.58

55.4-65.9

1.8-litre Design

25,525

19

£80.83

55.4-65.9

2.0-litre Excel

28,690

21

£100.42

50.4-60.6

The sensible money goes on the 1.8-litre hybrid engine and its 19% tax rate. Opt for the best-selling Icon tech trim level and its £10 per month cheaper over the 1.2-litre. The most expensive model is the 2.0-litre Excel, with the 1.2-litre Design close behind at just over £99 per month – proving how this petrol-only engine makes the most sense on lower-spec models.

What comes as standard on the 2019 Toyota Corolla?

All models of the Toyota Corolla come with alloy wheels, heated front seats, automatic LED headlights, DAB radio and 8.0-inch touchscreen multimedia system.

Toyota Corolla hybrid Excel dash

The firm’s five-year, 100,000-mile warranty still applies.

You can read the full review on the Toyota Corolla range by clicking on the picture below

Toyota Corolla hybrid Excel rear, silver