Words by Declan Glynn

In a car market in love with hatchbacks, estates and SUVs, the new Toyota Corolla Saloon may seem like a brave move by the Japanese car manufacturing giant.

However, the saloon edition of the ‘World’s Best-Selling Car’ is a rational and well-resolved proposition, which is capturing the hearts of saloon car buyers across Ireland.

The new Corolla Saloon sits on the longer of the two Corolla wheelbases, so it does offer the same slightly larger rear cabin as the Touring Sports estate.

It’s sure to attract current Toyota Avensis owners (following the end of its life-cycle last year), along with conquest customers from rival brands too.

The new Corolla Saloon Hybrid (self-charging) comes with a full complement of trim levels – Aura, Luna, Luna Sport, and Sol – with a 1.8-litre petrol-electric powertrain producing 122bhp and impressive torque for an instant rush of acceleration.

All models in the Toyota Corolla Hybrid family come with an electronically-controlled Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), and it contributes greatly to the excellent fuel economy achievable across the range.

Toyota claim that, with a light approach to the throttle, the Corolla Hybrid could manage as much as half of its urban mileage without using any petrol at all – a very appealing factor for the vast majority of motorists these days.

My review car was a Corolla Saloon Hybrid in Luna Sport specification, and it looked terrific in Ultra Silver metallic paint.

All trim levels in the Corolla range come very well equipped with a seriously impressive list of features, with the Luna Sport also impressing with ease.

Capable of sprinting from 0-100km/h in just 11.0-seconds, the Corolla Saloon Hybrid can reach a top speed of 180km/h, and can return a fuel consumption figure as low as 3.4l/100km (up to 83mpg), while annual road tax is just €180.

Pricing for the new Toyota Corolla Saloon Hybrid starts at a very reasonable €26,820 (ex-delivery).