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TOYOTA Corolla Saloon

1.8 VVT-i Hybrid Icon Tech 4dr CVT

TOYOTA Corolla Saloon - 1.8 VVT-i Hybrid Icon Tech 4dr CVT

Vehicle Information

List Price
£25,220.00
Transmission
Automatic
Fuel Type
Hybrid
Fuel Consumption
0-62 mph
11 secs
Engine Size
1.8
No. of Doors
4
CO2
102 g/km
By Line

Toyota's Corolla Saloon blends an old-school look with modern tech. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Ten Second Review

This Saloon body shape usefully broadens the market appeal for Toyota's Corolla. This Turkish-built variant is the first compact sedan with full-Hybrid power - which will attract a small but loyal bank of buyers.

Background

Why does Toyota offer a saloon version of the Corolla? It's a reasonable question given that the market demand for sedans in the family hatch segment is tiny. But there's actually a very good reason. The Japanese maker no longer has a conventional mid-range saloon offering these days, having killed off the Mondeo-sized Avensis model back in 2018. And that car used to shift around 4,000 units a year in our market, people who would still probably like to consider choosing a Toyota. The Corolla Saloon aims to keep these folk loyal to the brand. It's a bit different from the old Avensis of course - but actually not that much smaller; there's a huge 471-litre boot. The key thing that's different from that old car - and the thing that sets this Corolla Saloon apart from direct segment rivals like saloon versions of the Fiat Tipo and the Mazda3 - is that it only comes with a full-Hybrid engine. The Avensis never got one of those and customers of compact saloons won't be used to having that option. Should they welcome it here?

Driving Experience

Unlike the Corolla hatch and Touring Sports estate models, this Corolla Saloon can't be had with the 184hp 2.0-litre full-Hybrid engine recently developed for this model. So the petrol engine in question for Saloon buyers of this car will be Toyota's usual 1.8-litre full-Hybrid unit, which works with a 53kW 600V electric motor to generate a combined system output of 122hp. As a full-Hybrid, this powertrain has the advantage of offering an all-electric drive capability, with zero emissions and very low fuel consumption. Which sets it apart from the mild-Hybrid 2.0-litre Skyactiv-G engine that you'll be offered in this car's closest rival, the Mazda3 Saloon, a car that can't ever be run with independent electric motion. This Corolla's engineering recipe might sound pretty similar to that of the old Auris hybrid, but the powerplant on offer here is now a much cleverer unit. There's an increased valve angle for a better fuel and air mix, plus it can switch at will between intake and direct injection to prioritise either performance or economy. Toyota says it's worked hard to better mate this package with the belt-driven CVT auto gearbox that all its hybrids have to have, pointing to the way that greater torque from the electric motor should now provide a more linear increase in revs under acceleration. And sure enough, if you've owned one of the brand's petrol/electric models before, you'll notice that this one is more driveable. 62mph from rest occupies 11.0s, en route to a 112mph maximum. Expect refinement to be excellent; certainly far better than it would be in a rival rumbly diesel.

Design and Build

There's actually quite a lot that is different here over a Corolla hatch. For a start, this Saloon sits on a longer wheelbase - the one used for the 'Touring Sports' Corolla estate. And, unlike the hatch and estate, it's not built in Britain at Toyota's Burnaston factory in Derbyshire. It's assembled instead in Turkey, because this saloon variant is made primarily to appeal to buyers in Russia and Eastern Europe, who generally prefer their Corolla to be a saloon. The styling of this sedan body shape is a bit different to that of the two other body styles as well - and not only with the change to a notchback. The bumpers, headlights and tail lamps are all different. Inside, rear seat space is better than it is on the hatch because of that longer wheelbase, which is why this variant appeals to the taxi trade. Out back, there's a much bigger boot than the hatch - this saloon rated at 471-litres - but of course, it'd be more awkward to get bulky items in and unfortunately, it's not possible to flatten the rear bet backrest to extend the load bay. Up-front, there's the usual Corolla cabin, which can't offer cutting-edge infotainment but feels of much higher quality than the old Auris model.

Market and Model

The full-Hybrid engine puts the price of this Corolla Saloon well above that of a rival Fiat Tipo Saloon - but not so far above a competing mild-Hybrid Mazda3 Saloon. We're talking around £24,000 for the entry-level 'Icon' variant, with prices rising to around £25,000 for mid-range 'Icon Tech'-spec and around £26,000 for top 'Design' trim. The brand won't be offering the conventional 1.6-litre petrol engine that's available with this Corolla variant in other markets. Even 'Icon' variants deliver 16-inch alloy wheels, heated front seats with lumbar support, automatic LED headlights and dual-zone air conditioning. There's also an 8-inch centre-dash 'Toyota Touch 2' touchscreen, your access point to a DAB tuner and a reversing camera. As the name suggests, the 'Icon Tech' grade adds further useful technology features, including satellite navigation and voice control, plus parking sensors and Intelligent Park Assist' set-up that will steer you into spaces. All Corollas get as standard the full package of 'Toyota Safety Sense' camera-driven safety features. These include autonomous braking, adaptive cruise control, Lane Trace Assist, Road Sign Assist and Automatic High beam.

Cost of Ownership

Toyota thinks that Corolla Saloon buyers will be happy to be limited to a Hybrid engine - and a look at the WLTP efficiency stats reveals why. This car manages 62.8mpg on the combined cycle and up to 101g/km of CO2 in base 'Icon' form. That's further helped, Toyota expects, by the fact that for typical customers, up to 50% of typical commuting journeys will be accomplished in all-electric drive. The Japanese maker describes the Corolla's Hybrid technology as being of the 'self-charging' sort, which means that it isn't of the currently popular Plug-in variety. The brand of course has PHEV technology (it's available on top versions of its Prius model) but currently feels it isn't necessary for the Corolla line-up. What else? Well, the five year 100,000 mile warranty is extremely good and even after that runs out, you'll find that most spares are relatively inexpensive. There's also three years warranty against rust and 12 years of anti-corrosion protection.

Summary

There are reasons why Eastern European customers prefer small saloons - and Corolla saloon buyers will readily identify with them. More rear seat space; more secure storage - and arguably, more elegant looks. To those virtues, this Toyota adds the advantage of full-Hybrid power - though the installation of that engine elevates its price above direct market rivals. Otherwise, it's the usual Corolla recipe - well built and now pretty stylish too. Plus levels of camera safety and equipment that rivals struggle to better. The Corolla Saloon represents a glimpse back to the kind of body style families used to want, combined with the kind of engine that today, they ought to need. If for you, that's an attractive combination, you'll find this an attractive prospect.

Displayed below is the vehicle and technical data which is provided by a third party. Please check manufacturer's website prior to any order you place. If any specific feature is required that isn't listed, please make this clear to your account manager at your earliest convenience.
BODY GLASS
  • Auto up and down function on all power windows
  • Power front windows
  • Power rear windows
BRAKES
  • Anti lock braking system Electronic brake force distribution
  • Brake assist function
  • Electronic parking brake
  • HAC-Hill-start Assist Control
  • Traction control
CHASSIS/SUSPENSION
  • Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)
COMMUNICATION
  • Bluetooth telephone connectivity
  • E-call
  • Voice recognition
DRIVER AIDS
  • Lane trace assist with sway warning function
  • Reversing camera
DRIVER CONVENIENCE
  • Connected car functionality upgrade, tracker, remote status and e-care
  • Electrically assisted power steering
  • Push button start
DRIVER INFORMATION
  • 7" Multi information display screen
  • EV drive indicator
  • Road sign assist - RSA
DRIVING MIRRORS
  • Heated and coloured side mirrors
  • Power adjustable heated door mirrors
ENGINE
  • Gasoline particulate filter
ENTERTAINMENT
  • 6 speakers
  • AM/FM radio
  • DAB Digital radio
  • Toyota touch 2 multimedia system with 8" display
  • Toyota touch 2 with go navigation system
  • USB and Aux in connectors 12V front outlet
EXTERIOR BODY FEATURES
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Body coloured outside door handles
  • Shark fin antenna
  • Solid paint
  • Turn indicators in side mirrors
EXTERIOR LIGHTS
  • Front fog lights
  • Halogen auto high beam headlights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED rear combination lights (tail/stop) Bulb (turn)
  • Light remind warning with auto cut off
  • Manual headlight levelling
HEATING/COOLING/VENTILATION
  • Acoustic vehicle alert system (AVAS)
  • Dual zone automatic air conditioning
INTERIOR FEATURES
  • 12V connector
  • 2 cup holders in front
  • Driver and passenger assist grip
  • Fabric upholstery
  • Front and rear door pockets
  • Glovebox with internal light
  • Leather shift lever
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Rear coat hooks
  • Satin chrome inside door handles
  • Tilt/telescopic steering column
INTERIOR LIGHTS
  • Illuminated entry system in room lamp
PACKS
  • Parking pack - Corolla
  • Toyota safety sense 2 - Corolla
SAFETY
  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • Front seatbelt reminder
  • Manual airbag on/off switch
  • Pre collision system
  • Rear seat belt reminder
  • Supplemental restraint system (SRS) airbags - 7 airbags including driver, front passenger, curtain, side and knee airbags
  • Tyre pressure warning system
SEATS
  • 3 rear headrests
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • Driver and front passenger Whiplash Injury Lessening seats
  • Driver's seat lumbar support
  • Front and rear heated seats
  • Front head restraints
  • Front passenger seatback pockets
  • Height adjustable driver seat
  • ISOFIX seat fixing (2 fixings on rear outer seats)
  • Seatbelt pretensioners and force limiters
SECURITY
  • Alarm immobilizer siren sensor Thatcham lock
  • Child safety door lock
  • Power door locks
  • Power passenger window lock
VANITY MIRRORS
  • Driver and passenger sun visor with mirror
WHEELS - ALLOY
  • 16" alloy wheels
WHEELS - SPARE
  • Space saver spare wheel
Displayed below is the vehicle and technical data which is provided by a third party. Please check manufacturer's website prior to any order you place. If any specific feature is required that isn't listed, please make this clear to your account manager at your earliest convenience.
  • CO: 0.125
  • CO2: 77
  • HC: 15E
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Noise Level dB(A): 68
  • NOx: 0.002
  • Particles: N
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • Bore: 80.5
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • CC: 1798
  • Compression Ratio: 13.0:1
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Engine Codes: 2ZR-FXE
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Type: MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
  • Gears: 1 SPEED
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Stroke: 88.3
  • Valve gear: DOHC
  • EC: Data Not Available
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 4.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 4.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 4.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 4.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 4
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 4.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 4.3
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 4.6
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 4.3
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 4.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 4.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 6.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 4.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 5.1
  • Any aspect of the vehicles safety cause concern?: Data Not Available
  • Based On ID: N
  • Coin Description: VVT-i Hybrid
  • Coin Series: Icon Tech
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 77
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 5
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 122
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 1.8
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: M1
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 95
  • Special Edition: Data Not Available
  • Special Order: Data Not Available
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: 86
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: 84
  • 0 to 60: Data Not Available
  • 0 to 62: 11
  • BHP: 122
  • Engine Power KW: 90
  • Engine Power RPM: 5200
  • Engine Torque LBS.FT: 105
  • Engine Torque MKG: 14.5
  • Engine Torque NM: 142
  • Engine Torque RPM: 3600
  • PS: True
  • Top Speed: 112
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: True
  • Tyre Size Front: 205/55 R16
  • Tyre Size Rear: 205/55 R16
  • Tyre Size Spare: SPACE SAVER
  • Wheel Style: N
  • Wheel Type: 16" ALLOY
  • Height: 1435
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4630
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.8
  • Wheelbase: 2700
  • Width (excluding mirrors): 1780
  • Width (including mirrors): N
  • Boot Capacity Saloons: 471
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 43
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1835
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 750
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 450
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1310
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Payload: 525
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Your Deal Summary
Personal Lease
Inc VAT
£206.26
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£1,856.30 inc VAT
Contract Term
48 mths
Annual Mileage
5000 miles
Maintenance
Not Included
List Price
25,220.00
Arrangements Fee
£199 +VAT
Road Tax
Included
Delivery
Free UK mainland
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Arrangement Fee will be applied and an excess mileage charge and/or damage charge may apply at end of contract.
Personal Lease
£206.26
Initial Rental (inc VAT)
£1,856.30
Your Deal Summary
Personal Lease
Inc VAT
£206.26
Initial Rental
(9 months)
£1,856.30
Inc VAT
Contract Term
48 mths
Annual Mileage
5000 miles
Maintenance
Not Included
List Price
25,220.00
Arrangements Fee
£199 +VAT
Road Tax
Included
Delivery
Free UK mainland
Excess Mileage
TBC
Vehicle Contracts offers advice solely on Contract Hire and Personal Contract Hire from a panel of finance companies.
Arrangement Fee will be applied and an excess mileage charge and/or damage charge may apply at end of contract.
Vehicle Information
List Price
£25,220.00
Transmission
Automatic
Fuel Type
Hybrid
Fuel Consumption
0-62 mph
11 secs
Engine Size
1.8
No. of Doors
4
CO2
102 g/km
Arrangement Fee will be applied and an excess mileage charge and/or damage charge may apply at end of contract.
Vehicle Contracts offers advice solely on Contract Hire and Personal Contract Hire from a panel of finance companies.
Images shown are for illustration purposes only.
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TOYOTA Corolla Saloon

1.8 VVT-i Hybrid Icon Tech 4dr CVT

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Personal Lease
Inc VAT
£206.26
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£1,856.30 inc VAT
Contract Term
48 mths
Annual Mileage
5000 miles
Maintenance
Not Included
Excess Mileage
TBC

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