- Frugal hybrid system keeps running costs low
- Doesn’t qualify for free London Congestion Zone driving
- Larger wheel option makes little sense
Toyota has long-promoted how cost-effective its hybrid models are to run, and this trend continues with the Camry, which offsets the fact that its rather pricey to buy, with the cheaper version nudging £30,000.
That less expensive Design trim is the one to go for as its 17-inch wheels mean a claimed average of 53.3mpg and CO2 emissions of 98g/km. Good for a hybrid car of this size, but not low enough to be free to drive in Central London’s Congestion Zone.
If you fancy the dear Excel model then be prepared for a sacrifice because its average dips to 50.4mpg with emissions rated at 101g/km of CO2, all because of its 18-inch alloy wheels.
Consumables such as tyres will also be pricier with the larger wheels, but other components such as brake pads and discs usually last longer on hybrid cars than with conventional petrols and diesels because of the way the car generates electricity for the batteries as it slows.
With CO2 emissions of just 98g/km the Toyota Camry in Design guise attracts a lower rate of car taxation for private motorists and BIK expense for company car drivers. It’s the sensible choice in the range.
The pricier Excel comes with a little more equipment, but it’s the standard 18-inch alloy wheels that stymy the Camry’s eco credentials a tad, by pushing the CO2 output up to 101g/km.
It’s far too early to say with certainty that an all-new model such as the Toyota Camry will be reliable, but given Toyota’s solid reputation in this regard, plus its expertise with hybrid powertrains, we’re not expecting any major calamities.
Estimated fuel cost per year
|Fuel type||Pence per litre||Estimated cost per year *|
* The estimated fuel cost figure is based on an annual mileage of 10,000 miles and is a guide to how much this model will cost in fuel each year. It's calculated using the model's average MPG (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price from around the country. Actual fuel costs will vary based on driving style and road conditions.
Highest and lowest CO2 emissions
|Engine||CO2 emissions||Road tax (12 months)|
|2.5 VVT-i Hybrid||98 g/km (Min)||£135|
|2.5 VVT-i Hybrid||101 g/km (Max)||£135|
Ongoing running costs
|Road tax (12 months)||£135|
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How much is it to insure?
Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered before 01 March 2001 it is based on engine size. For cars registered on or after 01 March 2001 the VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions.