Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

Just two on offer for the estate – the saloon and hatchback get a wider range. 1.6 VVT-i petrol is OK, but struggles when fully laden on the way to the car boot sale. The 2.0 D-4D has more shove and is economical, but is a bit rough and lags a bit behind modern diesels.

The Corolla estate handles surprisingly well for a family car. Steering is accurate, the gearchanges are quick and the suspension copes with twisty roads as well as soaking up bumps and lumps. On the motorway it’s a happy cruiser. Fun to drive when you’re in the mood, hassle-free when you’re not.