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Toyota Corolla

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Summary


The Toyota Corolla is a mid-sized family car available as a five-door hatchback, estate or saloon. The latest model was launched in 2019 and replaces the Toyota Auris, which had previously replaced an older generation of Corolla.

The hatchback and estate models of the new Corolla are built in Burnaston in the UK. The saloon model is imported from Turkey. All versions sold in the UK are powered by petrol-electric hybrid engines.

The Toyota Corolla has received consistently positive reviews from the UK motoring media. It has received particular praise for its practicality, build quality and low running costs. Criticisms have been directed at its driving dynamics compared to rivals like the Ford Focus.

In a 2020 What Car? survey of the 50 most reliable cars in the UK up to eight years old, the Toyota Corolla ranked an excellent 14th.

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Key specifications


Body style: Medium hatchback, saloon and estate
Engines: petrol, hybrid
Price: From £24,485 on-road

Launched: Winter 2018/19
Last updated: Autumn 2020
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

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Safety rating


Overall rating: 5 stars
Date tested: May 2019

95%

ADULT OCCUPANT

84%

CHILD OCCUPANT

86%

VULNERABLE ROAD USERS

77%

SAFETY ASSIST

Eco rating


No eco rating

The Toyota Corolla has not yet been lab tested by Green NCAP. This is a new initiative, launched in 2018 as a sister organisation to Euro NCAP. As yet, very few new cars have been tested for environmental impact by Green NCAP, and the testing programme was halted in early 2020 by the coronavirus pandemic.

If the Corolla is put through the Green NCAP lab testing programme, we will publish the results here.

Security rating


Independent vehicle theft and security ratings from Thatcham Research

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Rating: Superior | Good | Basic | Poor | Unacceptable
Relay Attack: Fail

Date: 2019

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Toyota Corolla has received

2021

  • Company Car Today Awards – Best Lower Medium Car

2020

  • Carbuyer Awards – Best Hybrid
  • What Car? Awards – Best Hybrid Car + Best Family Car, £20K – £26K
  • Autocar Britain’s Best Car Awards – Best Hybrid Car

2019

  • Auto Express Awards – Affordable Hybrid Car of the Year
  • Autocar Awards – Game Changer
  • DieselCar & EcoCar Top 50 – Best Hybrid

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