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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

The Parkers VerdictShould I buy a Toyota Corolla?

The old Auris acknowledged the fact that some drivers wanted a hybrid but didn’t necessarily want to draw too much attention to it by buying a Prius. In a similar vein, the Corolla gives a nod to those who want a hybrid that looks like a conventional car and crucially drives like one too.

While this model hasn’t 100% cracked that brief, it’s close enough now to recommend it as a serious - if pricey - alternative to a diesel Volkswagen Golf or Ford Focus.

What the hybrid Corolla has over those cars is its up-to-date powertrain. Diesels are well and good for long journeys or high-mileage drivers, but the majority of drivers don't drive cars this way. This is where a hybrid's efficiency comes into play - with brilliant fuel economy regardless of whether you're driving 5 miles or 500.

Hybrids also lack the complex emissions control systems that can be so troublesome on the very cleanest diesel models, and the Corolla looks set to be one of the most reliable cars money can be - its older brother, the Prius, has an almost unparalled reputation in this regard.

The Corolla loses out in a few key areas, namely connectivity - which suffers greatly with little smartphone integration - and space in the back, which isn't the greatest for families. Its driving manners can't quite match the best, either, thanks to those whirring hybrid powertrains that don't give the greatest control or enjoyment.

Would we buy one on the strength of this? If potential reliability and peace of mind is paramount. Otherwise, we'd recommend a conventional hatchback - or advise buyers to consider taking the plunge for full electrification in a car such as a Hyundai Kona Electric.

Read the full Parkers Toyota Corolla review to find out more

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