Parkers overall rating: 3.9 out of 5 3.9

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

Hybrid petrol engines 10.8 - 11.4 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 53.2mpg and CO2 emissions of 127g/km. Good for a hybrid car of this size, and usefully low for company car tax - especially avoiding the diesel surcharge.

If you fancy the dearer Excel model then be prepared for a sacrifice because its average dips to 51.3mpg, though emissions are still rated at 127g/km.

Consumables such as tyres will also be pricier with the larger wheels of Excel models, 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 127g/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.

Reliability

This model of Camry may be only a couple of years old but there are few models which promise reliability with such great certainty. Certainly, the Camry name is synonymous across the world with dependability - as is the Toyota brand and its hybrid powertrain in general.

As a result, there have been no recalls on the Camry thus far, nor any word that parts of it are prone to failure. And with a standard five-year warranty and the gold standard of customer care employed by most Toyota dealers, even it something does go wrong, you're unlikely to suffer.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £140
Insurance group 31 - 32
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