Toyota Corolla Review 2024
Toyota Corolla At A Glance
The Toyota Corolla is an efficient family-friendly hatch that rivals the Ford Focus, Honda Civic and Volkswagen Golf. Recent updates mean it's feeling fresher than ever, while its low running costs and exceptional reliability record should cement its place on your new car shortlist.
There was a time when a hybrid Toyota was a sensible but uninspiring choice of family car. The old Toyota Auris is a prime example of that - dependable and cheap-to-run, yes, but lacking even the slightest hint of charisma.
But the latest Toyota Corolla is genuinely a very good car. There are no 'ifs' or 'buts' - we think its interior is one of the best in its class, while it's also more enjoyable to drive than the old Auris. It's very comfortable, too, thanks to a relatively soft suspension setup that manages to all but disguise the weight of the hybrid battery pack.
There have been a few engine options offered in the Toyota Corolla since it arrived in 2019. The 1.8-litre hybrid is by far the most popular and the one we'd go for - combining low running costs with more-than-adequate performance. It was given a power boost when the Corolla was updated in 2023, meaning later models feel sprightlier. There's also a range-topping 2.0-litre hybrid which sells in much smaller numbers but feels surprisingly swift for a sensible hatch.
As well as the engine upgrade, 2023 saw the introduction of a new 10.5-inch infotainment system. This was a welcome update - older cars used a pretty drab 8.0-inch display which didn't live up to the otherwise upmarket cabin.
The Toyota Corolla's front seats are very comfortable, with plenty of adjustment, but things aren't quite so positive in the rear. Head and legroom are quite limited for adults - you'd be better looking at the Toyota Corolla Touring Sports estate if you regularly use the rear seats.
All Corolla models come loaded with safety kit which makes it a reassuring choice for transporting your family. Euro NCAP awarded a maximum five stars for safety, while Toyota's Safety Sense features - including automatic high beam and lane departure alert - are standard across the range.
In a time when more buyers than ever are considering a hybrid, the Toyota Corolla is a car that can be legitimately recommended for reasons other than its eco-credentials. It's loaded with standard equipment, has a comfortable interior and - surprisingly - is pretty good to drive. Combine that with low running costs and Toyota's superb reliability record, and it could make for an excellent purchase.