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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
  • 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.

Estimated fuel cost per year

Fuel type Pence per litre Estimated cost per year *
Unleaded 128p £1,164 - £1,212 *

* The estimated fuel cost figure is based on an annual mileage of 10,000 miles and is a guide to how much this model will cost in fuel each year. It's calculated using the model's average MPG (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price from around the country. Actual fuel costs will vary based on driving style and road conditions.

Highest and lowest CO2 emissions

Engine CO2 emissions Road tax (12 months)
1.8 VVT-i Hybrid Hybrid 76 g/km (Min) £135
1.2 VVT-i Petrol 132 g/km (Max) £145

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £135 - £145
Insurance group 15 - 21
How much is it to insure?

Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered before 01 March 2001 it is based on engine size. For cars registered on or after 01 March 2001 the VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions.