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Toyota Corolla review - MPG, CO2 and running costs

The Corolla offers better fuel economy and emissions than many rivals thanks to clever hybrid tech

The Corolla sets itself apart from its conventionally powered competition with its hybrid powertrains, the main appeal of which is the promise of low running costs. 

The 1.8-litre hybrid returns a claimed maximum of 62.7mpg in the hatchback and Saloon, with 57.6mpg claimed in the Touring Sports. All figures are measured using the latest WLTP regulations, so these figures should be pretty attainable in real-world driving. 

With a larger petrol engine making up part of its powertrain, the 2.0-litre hybrid takes a slight dent in economy – but not by much. The hatch is the most efficient, returning 57.6mpg, while the Touring Sports manages 53.2mpg on average

Emissions – and therefore initial road tax and company car tax rates – are low. The 1.8-litre hybrid hatchback is the cleanest option with 101g/km of CO2. The Benefit in Kind rate for company car users comes in at 25%.

The 2.0-litre model also produces a respectable figure of 111g/km of CO2, and so falls into the 27% tax band.

Insurance groups 

The Toyota Corolla should be relatively cheap to insure when compared to its family car rivals. All body styles sit in groups 15 to 21.


Our experts predict that the Toyota Corolla hatchback will retain around 47 to 51% of its value after 3 years and 36,000 miles come trade-in time. The saloon should hold onto around 49%, while the Touring Sports estate keeps about 51% of its original list price over the same period.

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