Toyota Corolla - Reliability and safety
Corolla build quality is excellent, while customers are impressed with top safety levels
Traditionally, one of the best reasons to buy a Toyota has been reliability – and customers who voted in our 2022 Driver Power satisfaction survey generally seem to agree. The Japanese manufacturer finished in 10th place out of 29 car makers in the best brands poll, while the Corolla placed 38th out of 75 cars.
The Toyota Corolla received a five-star Euro NCAP rating in 2019, with strong scores for adult and child occupant safety (95 and 84 per cent, respectively). Pedestrian safety also fared well with a mark of 86 per cent. There’s an impressive list of on-board safety equipment as standard, including automatic headlights, adaptive cruise control, reversing camera, lane departure warning and Toyota’s lane trace system, plus a driver attention alert system.
But you can never have enough safety tech it seems, as Toyota added even more as part of the Corolla’s facelift in 2022. The biggest addition was Toyota T-Mate which combines the latest version of the brand’s Safety Sense set-up with other active driving and parking assistance systems. Higher-spec Excel versions also get, among other systems, a Safe-Exit Assist that will trigger a warning to stop passengers opening a door into the path of a vehicle or cyclist.
Toyota offers what it calls a 'Relax' programme which means every new and used Toyota is able to be covered by up to 10 years’ manufacturer warranty. This is provided via a standard three-year manufacturer warranty (from the vehicle’s first registration date), which can then be extended every year following annual servicing at a Toyota dealer.
Hybrid models are subject to a ten-year, 100,000-mile battery warranty that can be renewed to cover an extra year or 10,000 miles. This can be continuously renewed up to the 15th anniversary of the car’s registration provided a Hybrid Electric Service is carried out at a main dealer Toyota Hybrid Electric Specialist.
Toyota says both the petrol and hybrid Corolla need servicing every year or after 10,000 miles, whichever comes first. Toyota also provides Service Plan Plus packages starting from £29 per month for the Corolla, which combines three scheduled services, one MOT and two years of additional roadside assistance, on top of the one year of roadside service every new Toyota gets.
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 CostsThe 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 Safety - currently readingCorolla build quality is excellent, while customers are impressed with top safety levels