Parkers overall rating: 3.6 out of 5 3.6

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

Petrol engines 8.4 - 9.6 mpp
Hybrid petrol engines 10.8 - 13.4 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

Petrol engines 39.4 - 44.8 mpg
Hybrid petrol engines 50.5 - 62.8 mpg
  • Corolla promises low fuel and tax bills against rivals
  • Mid-sized 1.8-litre has highest economy, lowest emissions
  • Even non-hybrid 1.2-litre turbo won’t cost the earth to run

The Toyota Corolla aims to be a cheap-enough car to run on fuel and tax, though finance costs can be relatively high depending on which trim and engine choice you plump for.

The 1.8-litre hybrid is the highest achiever, reaching between 55.3-62.7 miles per gallon depending on the model you go for. If you’re willing to trade a little fuel efficiency for added performance, the 2.0-litre claims between 50.4-57.6mpg.

The now-defunct 1.2-litre petrol may not have been the highest achiever, but it does have a larger 50-litre fuel tank, compared with the 43-litres found on Hybrid models.

For those looking at a used version of the 1.2-litre turbocharged engine, this claimed between 39-47mpg on the older, less accurate NEDC testing regime, meaning it may be more difficult to achieve these figures.

CO2 emissions

The cleanest engine to go for is the 1.8-litre Hybrid, producing 101-116g/km of CO2 in Icon and Icon Tech. This does increase if you opt for the higher spec Design, GR Sport or Excel model due to the larger wheels, rising up to 111-127g/km, so keep an eye out for different VED or BIK tax bands. The larger 2.0-litre engine is limited to the higher spec models and ranges from 111g-120g/km.

At launch, the turbocharged 1.2-litre with 116hp was already the highest emitting engine on the older, less accurate NEDC testing regime, producing 128g/km in Design spec. This engine was not available in Excel trim, but even at its lowest-emitting form, the 116g/km was quite high when compared with rivals and their three-cylinder engines – rather than this Corolla's four. A Ford Focus 1.0 Ecoboost, at the time, produced 125hp and emitted 107g/km - although this has now been updated to be 125g/km on the WLTP system.

Reliability

  • Toyota has a decent reliability record
  • Hybrid engines proven to be trouble free so far
  • Five year warranty as standard

Historically, the Toyota Corolla has been among the most reliable hatchbacks out there. The Auris did require a number of recalls however, relating to fire risks caused by the window switch, the rear suspension arm and airbag failures.

That said, the hybrid system is yet to prove troublesome and all mechanical parts have been trouble free, in line with previous generation models.

So far, the Corolla has only been subject to one recall, relating to the car's onboard emergency calling system not working. This is a minor fault, and doesn't apply to new cars. If buying a used Corolla, there's a 99.9% chance this will have been fixed - but it's worth checking.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £140 - £150
Insurance group 15 - 21
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