Parkers overall rating: 3.9 out of 5 3.9

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Hybrid petrol engines 8.7 - 9.2 mpp
Low figures relate to the least economical version; high to the most economical. Based on WLTP combined fuel economy for versions of this car made since September 2017 only, and typical current fuel or electricity costs.

Fuel economy

Hybrid petrol engines 50.4 - 53.3 mpg
  • 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.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £135
Insurance group 31 - 32
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