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Toyota Corolla

(2019 - present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

71
%
A

Used car score:

72
%
A

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

68
%
C

Safety Rating:

75
%
B

Eco Rating:

68
%
A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

70
%
B

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

71
%
A

Used car score:

72
%
A

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

68
%
C

Safety Rating:

75
%
B

Eco Rating:

68
%
A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

70
%
B

Summary


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

The hatchback and ‘Touring Sport’ estate models of the new Corolla are built in Burnaston in the UK. The range did also include a saloon model built in Turkey, but the saloon is no longer imported and sold by the brand in the UK. All versions sold in the UK are powered by petrol-electric hybrid engines, which are currently manufactured at a plant in North Wales.

The family car was given a facelift in 2022, consisting of a few cosmetic tweaks, Toyota’s latest infotainment and safety software, and a small performance boost for its 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. As of January 2024, the Toyota Corolla holds a New Car Expert Rating of A with a score of 71%.

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Key specifications


Body style: Medium hatchback and estate
Engines: petrol-electric hybrid
Price: From £30,225 on-road

Launched: Winter 2018/19
Last updated: Summer 2022
Replacement due: TBA


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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall score: 5 stars
Date tested: May 2019
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Adult protection: 95%
Child protection: 84%
Vulnerable road users: 86%
Safety assist: 77%

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

As of January 2024, the Toyota Corolla has not been lab tested by Green NCAP. If the Corolla is put through the Green NCAP lab testing programme, we will publish the results here.

Reliability rating

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No reliability rating

As of January 2024, we don’t have enough reliability data on the Toyota Corolla to generate a reliability rating.

The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusively to us using extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy. As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the Corolla, we’ll publish the score here.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

Fuel consumptionAverageScoreVariationScore
Hybrid models61 mpgA52 – 64 mpgA – B
CO₂ outputAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models148 g/kmB143 – 153 g/kmB – B
Hybrid models104 g/kmA98 – 123 g/kmA – A
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models19A14 – 22A – A
Service and maintenanceCostScore
Year 1£146A
Year 2£399A
Year 3£641A
Year 4£824A
Year 5£1,088A
Overall£3,098A

if you’re looking for a mid-sized car that’s cheap to run, you can’t go wrong with the Toyota Corolla. The scores above are basically a perfect set of straight ‘A’ results, with the only ‘B’ being a CO2 score for petrol models – which are no longer sold in the UK, as everything is now hybrid-only.

Whether its fuel consumption, road tax (which is based on the CO2 score), insurance or servicing, the Toyota Corolla is almost certainly to be cheaper than any of its rivals.

Security rating

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Independent vehicle theft and security ratings from Thatcham Research

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

Date: 2019

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Toyota Corolla has received

2024

  • What Car? Awards – Best Family Car + Best Estate Car (Touring)

2023

  • Auto Express Awards – Best Estate Car
  • EcoCar Electrified Top 50 – Best Hybrid Medium Estate Car

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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Toyota Corolla saloon returns to UK

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Bye Auris, hello again Toyota Corolla

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