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

Petrol engines 6.4 - 7.1 mpp
Hybrid petrol engines 8.2 - 9.9 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 - 44.1 mpg
Hybrid petrol engines 50.4 - 61.4 mpg
  • Continues the theme of low fuel and tax bills against rivals
  • Mid-sized 1.8-litre has highest economy and lowest emissions
  • Even non-hybrid 1.2-litre turbo won’t be costly to run

Fuel consumption figures reflect those of the hatchback, meaning the 1.2-litre petrol is the least fuel efficient and emits the highest amount of CO2.

The engine may not be the cleanest but it does have a larger 50-litre fuel tank, compared with the 43-litres found on Hybrid models.

The thirstiest 1.2-litre turbocharged engine claims more between 39-47 miles per gallon, while the 1.8-litre hybrid is the highest achiever, reaching between 55-65mpg. If you’re willing to trade a little fuel efficiency for added performance, the 2.0-litre claims between 50-60mpg.

The Toyota Corolla aims to be a cheap-enough car to run on fuel and tax, but it’s worth investigating how high finance costs can be.

Take a 36-month PCP contract with a 10,000 mile annual mileage limit, a £2,000 deposit and a 1.2-litre Icon Tech will cost more than a Ford Focus 1.0-litre Ecoboost Titanium and a Kia Ceed 3, but less than a Volkswagen Golf 1.6 TDI Match – chiefly because there is no 1.0-litre engine available. This is including a 0% APR offer from Toyota.

  • Corolla Touring Sports CO2 as low as 76g/km
  • Handy for cutting car tax bills

The cleanest engine to go for is the 1.8-litre Hybrid, producing 76g/km of CO2 in Icon and Icon Tech. This does increase if you opt for the higher spec Design or Excel model due to the larger wheels, but this won’t alter either VED or BIK tax band.

The 2.0-litre engine is limited to the higher spec models and ranges from 89g/km, while the fitment of smaller 17-inch wheels on Excel models - rather than the 18s found on the hatchback - do not alter the CO2 output.

The turbocharged 1.2-litre with 116hp is the highest emitting engine, producing 132g/km on higher-spec models with larger 17- and 18-inch wheels.

Toyota Corolla Touring Sports hybrid badge

  • Decent reliability record historically
  • Hybrid engines are yet to prove troublesome
  • Five year warranty as standard

Previous iterations of the Toyota Corolla have 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, and failures involving the rear suspension arm and airbag system.

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

Ongoing running costs

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