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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 is the cleanest option; 83g/km of CO2 for all three body styles equates to a first year VED payment of just £100 (usually rolled into the on-the-road price), followed by the yearly £135 payment for alternative fuel vehicles.

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Benefit in Kind rate for company car users comes in at 21-22 per cent. The 2.0-litre model also produces a respectable figure of 89g/km of CO2, and so falls into the same payment category. 

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 42 to 49 percent of its value after 36,000 miles or 3 years come trade-in time. The saloon should hold onto around 44 to 45 percent of its value over that time, while the Touring Sports estate ranges from around 44 to 48 percent.


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