Toyota Corolla - MPG, CO2 and running costs
The Corolla’s self-charging hybrid tech means better fuel economy and emissions than its exclusively petrol-powered rivals
The Corolla range lacks the plug-in hybrid technology offered in its key rivals like the Vauxhall Astra, Peugeot 308 and Volkswagen Golf, but Toyota’s faithful ‘self-charging’ hybrid running gear continues to promise lower running costs and superior fuel economy compared to the traditional petrol hatchbacks, and some diesel models, too.
According to Toyota, the 1.8-litre hybrid in the Corolla hatchback can return up to 64.1mpg, while the 2.0-litre hybrid with its larger petrol engine will return 64.1mpg. All figures are measured using the latest WLTP regulations, so you might not achieve those exact figures on the road but based on our experience you should easily see more than 50mpg in everyday driving.
When we tested the 1.8-litre Corolla hatchback against a Honda Civic and a Kia Ceed, the Toyota was the most economical, returning 54.2mpg compared to the Honda's 50.3mpg and the 43.5mpg we saw from the Kia. MPG figures for previous journeys can also be displayed in simple-to-understand bar graphs in the Toyota, which is handy if you want to monitor your fuel economy.
Toyota claims that up to 80 per cent of trips can be completed on electric power alone, and we have no reason to doubt that if you mostly drive in and around town. Over a mixture of driving environments, including some B-roads and dual carriageways, our average was 65 per cent.
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Emissions – and therefore initial road tax and company car tax rates – are low. The 2.0-litre hybrid hatchback is the cleanest option emitting 98-103g/km of CO2, depending on the exact specification, meaning the Benefit-in-Kind rate for company car users is 24 or 25 per cent.
The 1.8-litre model also produces a respectable figure of 100-106g/km of CO2, so falls into the 25 or 26 per cent BiK tax band, again depending on the exact spec you go for.
The Toyota Corolla should be relatively cheap to insure when compared to its family car rivals. All body styles sit in groups 17 to 22. For context, insurance ratings for the petrol and diesel-powered Vauxhall Astra and Volkswagen Golf are very similar, however the hybrid-only Honda Civic lands in group 28.
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Our experts predict that the Toyota Corolla hatchback will retain around 57 per cent of its value after three years and 36,000 miles come trade-in time. In comparison, the Ford Focus should hold onto 49 per cent of its original value, while the Volkswagen Golf is a touch better – keeping around 51 per cent of its showroom cost after the same three-year period.
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In this review
- 1Toyota Corolla reviewThe Toyota Corolla is better than ever, offering impressive efficiency, peerless reliability and an enjoyable drive
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe Toyota Corolla has an impressive chassis, but its hybrid powertrain isn’t the most exciting
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running Costs - currently readingThe Corolla’s self-charging hybrid tech means better fuel economy and emissions than its exclusively petrol-powered rivals
- 4Interior, design and technologyThe Corolla looks the part and is well made, plus the new infotainment is a definite improvement over the old set-up
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceWith hatchback and estate models on offer, the Toyota Corolla offers plenty of practical options
- 6Reliability and SafetyCorolla build quality is excellent, while customers are impressed with top safety levels