Toyota Corolla (2019–)

Model History

March 2018

Toyota unveils what was initially called an 'Auris', but soon became a 'Corolla'.

The new car offered offers one conventional engine – a 1.2 litre turbo petrol unit – and a choice of 120bhp, 1.8 litre or 177bhp, 2.0 litre hybrid electric powertrains. Based on Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform, same as the Prius and C-HR.

The 1.8 litre system fulfils all the requirements that customers have come to expect from a Toyota full hybrid electric powertrain: silent, intuitive, responsive and self-sufficient EV technology with low cost of ownership, no need for plug-in recharging, excellent fuel economy, low CO 2 emissions, and up to 50 per cent all-electric driving in everyday commuting.

The 2.0 litre system maintains these benefits and takes full advantage of the added ride comfort, stability, handling and driving enjoyment inherent in the TNGA platform. It will offer drivers an ‘energised drive,’ with more power and steering wheel-mounted shift paddles for a more dynamic, engaging driving experience. There are no diesel versions.

Longer and lower than its predecessor, the 2019 Auris adopts a significantly more dynamic design and more striking frontal styling. Overall length has increased by 40mm, all of which is contained within a longer wheelbase. Importantly, the overall height has been reduced by 25mm, while the cowl height is significantly (-47mm) lower than in the current model. The result is a sleeker shape and a more attractive, lower bonnet, which in turn improves safety by giving the driver a clearer forward view.

The new Auris’s design can be further emphasised with an optional bi-tone colour scheme, which combines the body colour with a black finish to the roof and pillars.

Length 4,370mm, width 1,790mm, height 1,435mm, wheelbase 2,640mm.

The new CVT is the world’s first to feature a launch gear, which significantly improves transmission efficiency at low speeds. It delivers direct and smooth response to the driver’s use of the accelerator pedal, and improves fuel efficiency by 6% compared to its predecessor.

Toyota has also developed a new 6-speed manual transmission. Compared to the previous unit, the new system is 7kg lighter and is shorter by 24mm, making it one of the smallest transmissions in the world and contributing to improved fuel efficiency.

For the 2.0 litre Dynamic Force Engines Toyota has developed a new hybrid electric system, using the same size, weight and loss-reducing technologies applied in the current, fourth generation Prius. The new system gives improved driving performance while maintaining superior fuel efficiency. Under acceleration, the hybrid system reduces engine revs while drawing increased electric power from the battery.

August 2018

'Auris' name replaced by 'Corolla'

The Auris name meant nothing very much. However, by 2018 Toyota had sold more than 45 million cars Worldwide named 'Corolla', making it the best selling car ever. So, from 2019 the Auris nameplate was dropped globally. This meant the next-gen Auris, launched at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2018, was rebranded 'Corolla'.

November 2018

UK prices announced

Offered both with 1.2 petrol turbo engines and two different hybrid drivetrains. These are a revised 1.8-litre system and a new 180PS 2.0-litre version that’s engineered for more power on demand, effortless acceleration and fun-to-drive character, without compromising overall fuel and emissions efficiency. As full hybrids, both powertrains have the advantage of offering an all-electric drive capability, with zero emissions and fuel consumption; both are also matched to a seamless CVT automatic transmission.

The new Toyota Corolla hatchback and Touring Sports are manufactured at Toyota’s Burnaston factory in Derbyshire and are the first Corolla models to be built on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) GA-C platform, bringing multiple benefits in terms of strong dynamic performance thanks to a lower centre of gravity, balanced chassis and a highly rigid body. It also contributes to increased safety and greater design freedom that’s witnessed in distinctly different styling for the Hatchback and Touring Sports versions.

Both the new Corolla Hatchback and Touring Sports share the same equipment grade structure, with Icon, Icon Tech, Design and Excel trim levels. Likewise, the two body styles offer the same combinations of grades and powertrains: Icon and Icon Tech models are available with the 1.8-litre self-charging hybrid system and 1.2T petrol engine, while Design versions additionally offer the new 2.0-litre hybrid system. Excel grade is all-hybrid, offered with both the 1.8 and 2.0-litre systems.

At the entry point to the new Corolla range, Icon models are equipped as standard with features including:

  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Automatic LED headlights
  • E-Call system
  • Heated front seats with lumbar support
  • Toyota Touch 2 with eight-inch multimedia touchscreen
  • Reversing camera
  • DAB
  • 2-inch colour TFT multi-information display
  • Dual-zone air conditioning (1.8 Hybrid models only)

Icon Tech grade adds further useful technology features, including: –

  • Toyota Touch with Go, with satellite navigation and voice control
  • Seven-inch colour TFT multi-information display
  • Parking sensors and Intelligent Park Assist (Intelligent Clearance Sonar on the 1.8 Hybrid models)

Design grade majors on added style and convenience, introducing: –

  • 17-inch machined alloy wheels
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Power-adjustable heated door mirrors with automatic folding function
  • Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
  • Rear privacy glass
  • LED front fog lights
  • Optional opening panoramic roof

At the top of the new Corolla range, Excel grade goes further by adding: –

  • 18-inch alloy wheels (Hatchback, 17-inch for Touring Sports)
  • Bi-LED headlights
  • Smart Entry
  • Sports front seats
  • Part-leather seat upholstery
  • Optional opening panoramic roof
  • Optional bi-tone paint finish (Hatchback only)
  • Optional eight-speaker JBL premium sound system (2.0-litre Hybrid only)

The choice of colours for the new Corolla extends to eight shades, including new Sterling Silver and Scarlet Flare pearlescent. Excel Hatchback models can specified with a bi-tone finish that matches a black roof, pillars and door mirror casings with Pearl White, Sterling Silver, Scarlet Flare or new Titan Bronze bodywork.

Across the complete range, all models are equipped with the enhanced functions of the second generation of Toyota Safety Sense. The upgraded package includes a Pre-Collision System that can now detect pedestrians in the vehicle’s path during both day and night-time driving, and cyclists during daylight hours. The Adaptive Cruise Control has improved deceleration and acceleration control, keeping the Corolla a safe distance from the vehicle ahead. The ACC also has a new low-speed function for driving in stop-start traffic, bringing the car to a halt when the vehicle in front stops. Other systems include Lane Trace Assist, Road Sign Assist and Automatic High beam

The full Corolla line-up and on-the-road prices are given in the table below. Toyota’s UK retailers are now accepting pre-orders for the vehicles ahead of the sales launch in March next year.

Icon Hatchback 1.2T manual £21,300
Icon Hatchback 1.8 Hybrid CVT £23,750
Icon Touring Sports 1.2T manual £22,570
Icon Touring Sports 1.8 Hybrid CVT £25,020
Icon Tech Hatchback 1.2T manual £22,350
Icon Tech Hatchback 1.8 Hybrid CVT £24,800
Icon Tech Touring Sports 1.2T manual £23,620
Icon Tech Touring Sports 1.8 Hybrid CVT £26,070
Design Hatchback 1.2T manual £23,375
Design Hatchback 1.8 Hybrid CVT £25,825
Design Hatchback 2.0 Hybrid CVT £27,550
Design Touring Sports 1.2T manual £24,645
Design Touring Sports 1.8 Hybrid CVT £27,095
Design Touring Sports 2.0 Hybrid CVT £28,820
Excel Hatchback 1.8 Hybrid CVT £27,345
Excel Hatchback 2.0 Hybrid CVT £29,070
Excel Touring Sports 1.8 Hybrid CVT £28,615
Excel Touring Sports 2.0 Hybrid CVT £30,340

December 2019

Toyota Corolla updated with petrol engine dropped

Corolla becomes exclusively a hybrid range in the UK with the discontinuation of the 1.2T turbo petrol engine. The new line-up carries forward Toyota’s improved 1.8-litre system and the new 2.0-litre hybrid which made its debut with the model.

A new GR Sport is also being introduced. This features a sharper design for the lower centre bumper section, a wide honeycomb mesh pattern for the front grille and piano black surrounds for the grille and fog lights. There is a black insert in the rocker panels and the new 18-inch black alloy wheels have a contrasting bright machined finish to the tips of each spoke and red GR centre caps (17inch diameter wheels in the same design are featured on the Touring Sports model). At the rear there is a silver insert in the lower bumper, creating the look of twin tailpipes and a diffuser.

The finishing touches are black backgrounds for Toyota emblems on the bonnet and tailgate, official GR (Gazoo Racing) badging and the option of a new Ash Grey paint finish.

The GR Sport cabin is fitted with sports front seats, upholstered in fabric with a dedicated pinstripe pattern and with seatback and cushion bolsters finished in black and grey synthetic leather. It is also equipped with Toyota’s latest multimedia package, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functions for seamless smartphone integration.

The equipment specification matches the Corolla Design grade and further includes a new seven-inch colour TFT multi-information screen with 3D-effect graphics, and a colour head-up display. Other standard features include Toyota Safety Sense, LED headlights, smart entry, rear privacy glass, automatic wipers, auto-dimming rear-view mirror and power-adjustable door mirrors with an auto-folding function.

The new head-up display measures 265 by 70.5mm and presents data clearly in the driver’s line of sight, even in bright light conditions. Brightness and the position of the display can be adjusted using controls on the steering wheel.

For 2020, the Corolla Excel grade has been enhanced with the standard provision of sports seats with black leather upholstery and red accents. The Excel Touring Sports further adds the convenience of a hands-free power tailgate that can be opened using a kick sensor below the rear bumper.

The Corolla Saloon matches its Hatchback and Touring Sports stablemates by introducing Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone functions as standard on all versions. It’s also available with a new Scarlet Flare paint finish option. The Saloon’s powertrain choice is the 1.8-litre self-charging hybrid system.

The new-look Corolla range is available in Icon, Icon Tech, Design, Excel and GR Sport grade for the Hatchback and, with the addition of TREK trim, Touring Sports. The Corolla Saloon, powered by the 1.8-litre hybrid system, is offered in Icon, Icon Tech and Design specifications.

Toyota’s latest multimedia system, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functions, is standard on all new Corolla models.

The new line-up is on sale and available for delivery now; GR Sport model deliveries will commence in January 2020.

May 3019

Toyota five year warranty can now be extended to seven years for £495, including MoT and Toyota Roadside Assistance.

What does a Toyota Corolla (2019) cost?

List Price from £24,140
Buy new from £19,715
Contract hire from £183.20 per month