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Toyota Corolla review

2019 onwards (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 54.0
” Economical, reliable, but unlikely to stir the soul “

At a glance

Price new £30,225 - £36,120
Used prices £8,412 - £26,196
Road tax cost £170 - £180
Insurance group 14 - 22
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Fuel economy 39.4 - 64.2 mpg
Range 528 - 804 miles
Miles per pound 5.8 - 9.4
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Available fuel types



Pros & cons

  • Hybrid powertrains impressively efficient
  • Generously equipped
  • Strong reliability, 10-year warranty
  • Slightly cramped in the rear seats
  • Boot a little too small for a family car 
  • Not as exciting to drive as it is to look at

Written by CJ Hubbard Published: 2 August 2023 Updated: 3 August 2023


The Toyota Corolla hybrid hatchback has been a big success with Toyota customers old and new, thanks to bold looks combined with the outstanding real-world fuel economy now possible from the industry’s most tried and tested hybrid system.

Backed-up by the brand’s famous reputation for reliability and dealer service, this is an innovative and attractive family car that’s a far cry from the worthy but ultimately dull Corollas of the past. And it’s built right here in the UK, at Toyota’s Burnaston factory in Derbyshire.

Subject to a major facelift in 2023, the Corolla gained minor tweaks to the bodywork, new lights, and an improved infotainment system – but most significantly of all, the fifth-generation Toyota Hybrid Drive. This brings increased power, especially for the 1.8-litre model, and a better driving experience with no fuel efficiency or CO2 emissions penalties. In fact, it should be even better in the real world than before.

Sounds good – and it is. But the Corolla competes in a very busy sector of the car market, with rivals such as the Volkswagen GolfFord FocusVauxhall Astra and Kia Ceed providing strong opposition. Not to mention the Honda Civic, which also features a very clever hybrid system. This impressed us so much we made it overall Parkers Car of The Year 2023.

The Toyota’s chief assets include its strong reputation for reliability – supported by up to 10 years of warranty cover – and that eye-catching styling. It’s also available exclusively with petrol-electric hybrid power. There are no non-hybrids or diesel versions at all.

The Corolla hybrids are based around a small battery that can’t be charged externally – the brand calls them ‘self-charging hybrids’. This is in contrast to the plug-in hybrids some rivals offer, which have larger batteries for longer electric-only driving ranges. You’ll find the Toyota manages to operate as EV (electric vehicle) a remarkable percentage of the time in regular driving, even so.

On the downside, the Corolla is not that spacious inside for people and has a small boot – particularly when fitted with the 2.0-litre engine. It’s also only available with a ‘constantly variable’ automatic transmission, which may put some buyers off.

Toyota sells the Corolla hatchback in Icon, Design, Excel and GR Sport trim levels. The latter is a styling exercise only, including a bespoke front grille, 18-inch alloy wheels and a GR Sport specific dual-tone paint scheme. It is not to be mistaken for the raucous GR Corolla hot hatch sold in other markets. Toyota also sells the Corolla as an estate car, which you can read about in our Corolla Touring Sports review.

Over the next few pages, we’ll be thoroughly reviewing all aspects of the facelifted Toyota Corolla and rating them in our verdict. Along the way, we’ll consider the car’s driving experience, the quality and comfort of its interior, the level of practicality available and how much it’ll cost you to keep it on the road.