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

Petrol engines 6.0 - 6.8 mpp
Hybrid petrol engines 7.6 - 9.5 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 50.4 - 62.8 mpg
  • Corolla promises low fuel and tax bills against rivals
  • Entry-level 1.8-litre has highest economy, lowest emissions
  • Even more powerful 2.0-litre won’t cost the earth to run

How much does it coes 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.

Nonetheless, the hybrid engines are quite economical, especially if the car is driven mostly at urban speeds. They tend to drink more petrol when at motorway pace, however. The small 43-litre fuel tank will annoy those that travel longer distances, too.

MPG and CO2

Figures for fuel economy and CO2 emissions are as follows under the latest WLTP regime:

  • 1.8 hybrid: 55.3-62.7mpg, 101-115g/km
  • 2.0 hybrid: 50.4-57.6mpg, 111-120g/km

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.

Unsurprisingly, the cleanest engine to go for is also the 1.8-litre, producing 101-102g/km of CO2 in Icon and Icon Tech. This does increase if you opt for the higher spec Design, GR Sport or Excel models due to the larger wheels, rising up to 110-115g/km, so keep an eye out for different VED or BIK tax bands. The larger 2.0-litre hybrid engine's CO2 figures range 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.

How reliable is it?

  • Toyota has a decent reliability record
  • Hybrid engines proven to be trouble free so far
  • Warranty of up to 10 years

Historically, the Toyota Corolla has been among the most reliable hatchbacks out there.

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.

Toyota includes a three-year warranty to begin with, and owners can extend this to as much as 10 years or 100,000 miles if they service their car at a Toyota dealer.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £145 - £155
Insurance group 14 - 21
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