Motoring review: Toyota Corolla Hybrid is ready for motoring world

by Gazette Reporter

Words by Declan Glynn

The all-new Toyota Corolla Hybrid Hatchback’s low bonnet, striking wide grille and distinctive headlamps give it a sleek profile, which is enhanced by sporty alloy wheels.

Built on Toyota’s advanced new TNGA platform, the Corolla Hybrid Hatchback delivers a truly satisfying drive, while a rigid body and low centre of gravity come together to reduce body roll when cornering.

Additionally, a double wishbone suspension absorbs shocks more effectively for a noticeably smoother ride quality.

It will come as no surprise then that the new Toyota Corolla has been voted the ‘Continental Tyres Irish Medium Car of the Year for 2020’.

Five trim levels are available in the New Toyota Corolla Hybrid Hatchback – Aura, Luna, Luna Sport, Sol, and range-topping GR Sport.

The only powertrain in the new Toyota Corolla range is a petrol-electric Hybrid, which is now available in a choice of two capacities: a 1.8-litre with 122bhp, and a 2.0-litre with 178bhp.

While the 1.8-litre engine is available is all specification grades, the 2.0-litre is exclusively available in just Luna Sport and GR Sport grades.

The fact that the new Corolla Hatchback is a self-charging Hybrid, effectively means that there will be no cost to the driver when operating in full electric mode.

With annual road tax from just €170, low maintenance costs, and regenerative braking helping tyres and brakes last longer, the new Corolla Hatchback Hybrid should prove itself to be an excellent financial proposition.

Additionally, there is no clutch to wear out, due to the car’s standard electronically-controlled CVT (single-speed automatic) gearbox.

My review car was a Corolla Hybrid Hatchback in Luna Sport specification, and it looked stunning in bi-tone Pearl Red and Night Sky Black pearlescent paint.

While all trim levels in the Corolla range come well equipped, key Luna Sport features include 17” bi-tone black machined-face 10-spoke alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, rear-view camera, black rear spoiler, full bi-tone exterior look, bi-beam LED headlights, dual-zone climate control, and LED daytime running lights, along with many other standard features, and a comprehensive suite of safety features for ultimate driving confidence.

Capable of sprinting from 0-100kmph in just 10.9-seconds, the Corolla Hybrid Hatchback can reach a top speed of 180kmph, and can return a fuel consumption figure as low as 3.3l/100km (up to 84mpg).

The Corolla Hatchback has excellent space in the front for two adults, while passengers in the rear are provided with good head, elbow and legroom, too.

My review car performed admirably well on a variety of road surfaces, with very little wind noise from around the door mirrors.

At a steady motorway speed, the car’s engine tone is hardly noticable at all, while excellent driving dynamics ensure that the car remains composed when faced with a twisty country road, too.

Pricing for the new Toyota Corolla Saloon Hybrid starts at a very reasonable €26,390 (ex-delivery).

While all Toyota vehicles are built to exceptional standards, a three-year/100,000km warranty comes as standard.

However, Hybrid vehicles have fewer parts that require servicing, and those that do are inherently durable to extend service intervals.

Hybrid components within the drivetrain system have a five-year/100,000km warranty for peace-of-mind motoring.

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