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Toyota Corolla Sedan (12th gen, E210)

MSRP 24185 GBPNEX score 69%

Product Overview

The 12th generation Toyota Corolla adopts Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) GA-C platform shared with Prius and Lexus UX that promises improved handling and safety. The lineup also expands hybridization, with two engine options for hybrid models (1.8L 122hp or 2.0L 180hp) but only one non-hybrid engine per body style (1.2T for Hatchback and Touring Sports and 1.6L for Sedan).

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Powerful hybrid powertrain
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Lots of practicality
Cons
  • Pricier than Skoda
  • Not as practical as Skoda

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 69% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Excellent infotainment tech
  • Excellent infotainment system
  • Excellent ride quality
Cons
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Lack of practicality
  • Lack of interior customization options
  • Lacks punch and punch
  • Lack of tech as standard
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Specifications

Dimensions

Size | Height
1435 mm
Size | Length
4640 mm
Size | Width
1780 mm
Wheelbase
2700 mm

Powertrain

Engine | Displacement
1.2 - 2.0 L
Engine | Type
I3 or I4 petrol w/ or w/o hybrid
Transmission | Gears
6-speed or CVT
Transmission | Type
Manual, CVT, hybrid (eCVT)

Production

Debut
2018
Made In
Japan, China, Thailand, Taiwan, Turkey, USA, UK

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

autoexpress[1]

Sentiment Score 74%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following***:
The Toyota's powertrain mostly backs up this level of relaxation – assuming you don't ask too much of it. It feels better tied down than the Octavia, too, with weightier steering that's just as precise to make the most of the good level of grip on offer. The Corolla trumps the Skoda for safety kit, because it features Toyota's Safety Sense 2 package as standard.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Big boot
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Excellent infotainment system
Cons
  • Lack of practicality
  • Not as practical as Skoda

autoexpress[2]

Sentiment Score 78%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following***:
British-built hatch offers great refinement, a pliant ride and fantastic build quality. There’s very little to dislike – its hybrid powertrains offer a good combination of performance and economy, even if its CVT gearbox can feel a little ponderous. The on-board entertainment system lags a little behind the best rivals, but Corolla buyers typically put greater store in more practical attributes.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Fantastic ride quality
  • Excellent infotainment system
Cons
  • No plug-in hybrid option
  • Alternatives offer more practicality

autoexpress[3]

Sentiment Score 65%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following***:
The Toyota New Global Architecture-based (TNGA) chassis is actually quite sweet - a logical development from the half-decent C-HR. Toyota continues to make improvements to the CVT transmission at the heart of its hybrids but there's no overcoming the fact that the engine's behaviour is not directly connected to what you do with your right foot. The rear isn't the most spacious on the market - Skoda's Octavia has that pretty much tied up - but it's roughly on a par with what you can expect from a Focus or a Vauxhall Astra.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Cheap to run
  • Decent infotainment system
Cons
  • No Android Auto or Apple CarPlay
  • Lack of practicality

autoexpress[4]

Sentiment Score 63%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following***:
2.0-litre hybrid powertrain is a perfect example of everyday electrified motoring. The TNGA platform lends itself to a car that feels solid to drive. Although the driver's seat is perched a bit too high, the cabin feels well built and the materials are of decent quality. But it's let down by the technology.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Stylish styling
  • Good range-topping powertrain
Cons
  • Not much fun to drive
  • Mediocre infotainment system

autoexpress[5]

Sentiment Score 49%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following***:
The Corolla saloon sits on the longer of the two Corolla wheelbases, so it should offer the same slightly larger rear cabin as the Touring Sports estate. It's the same price as the hatchback, to the penny, and in the UK at least, it's available only as a hybrid. There's decent space up front for two adults, but while the wheelbase delivers decent knee and legroom for those in the rear seats, the swoopy roofline doesn't do much for headroom.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Decent infotainment system
Cons
  • Hybrid powertrain isn’t as powerful as the hatchback
  • Alternatives are more fun to drive

autoexpress[6]

Sentiment Score 62%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following***:
The Golf is a stand-out winner in the family hatchback class. It's comfortable, good to drive, practical and economical – all key areas for most buyers. For ride and handling, the Corolla is close to the best in class. While keen drivers will find the powertrain frustrating, it's yet another improvement with greater refinement than before.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Excellent infotainment system
  • Decent ride quality
Cons
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Lack of tech as standard

autoexpress[7]

Sentiment Score 52%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following***:
The GR Sport model is the sportiest version of the Corolla hatchback. Much like Ford and Renault do with their ST-Line and R.S. Line models, GR Sport cars see some of that sporting panache sprinkled down to a more obtainable level. On the outside the GR Sport does a good job of spicing up the normal Corolla. While it doesn't have any mechanical tweaks like the Yaris, it's fair to say the standard car is good anyway.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sporty styling
  • Cheaper than standard Corolla
Cons
  • Underwhelming hybrid powertrain
  • Alternatives are more fun to drive

autoexpress[8]

Sentiment Score 68%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following***:
The Toyota Corolla Trek is a mildly beefed-up, off-road-inspired version of Toyota's Ford Focus Estate rival. Prices from £29,225 put it towards the top end of the Touring Sports range. The Trek comes fitted with a honeycomb front grille, bespoke 17-inch alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, kick-activated tailgate opening and LED headlamps.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Powerful hybrid powertrain
  • Comfortable ride
  • Decent fuel economy
Cons
  • Hybrid powertrain isn’t for everyone

cnet[9]

Sentiment Score 67%
Reviewers from cnet have found the following***:
The 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid packs a decent amount of technology and its ride is nice and sedate. Apple CarPlay is included, but Android Auto is not, despite other 2020-model-year Toyotas picking it up. There are no USB ports for rear-seat occupants, which is another technological letdown. Even though the car lacks a sunroof, the whole cabin stays nice and bright.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Elegant styling
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Decent ride quality
Cons
  • Lane-departure warning doesn't work

cnet[10]

Sentiment Score 72%
Reviewers from cnet have found the following***:
The XSE is the 2020 Corolla's highest non-hybrid trim. The only tech option is a $1,715 package that adds a 9-speaker JBL sound system. Entune 3.0 is a pretty well filled out system with just about everything the average family would need.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Comfortable ride
  • Good fuel economy
  • Comfortable to drive
Cons
  • No embedded navigation
  • No Android Auto

cnet[11]

Sentiment Score 77%
Reviewers from cnet have found the following***:
The 2021 Toyota Corolla Hybrid starts at just $24,595, including $995 for destination. Power comes from a 1.8-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine that produces 121 horsepower. The Corolla's chassis isn't designed for thrills, but it's perfectly competent for this car's intended purpose.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Excellent infotainment tech
  • Comfortable fabric seats
Cons
  • Lacks punch and punch
  • No premium stereo option

cnet[12]

Sentiment Score 77%
Reviewers from cnet have found the following***:
The 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine puts out just 169 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque. The brakes are standard Corolla fare, and they still provide more than enough stopping power. An 8-inch touchscreen is standard, running Toyota's usual operating system.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Gorgeous styling
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Lots of standard Toyota tech
Cons
  • Ride is tiring
  • Bass-friendly exhaust

digitaltrends[13]

Sentiment Score 79%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following***:
The Corolla has Toyota's Safety Sense suite of driver assistance features. Dynamic cruise control was able to adjust quickly when another car cut into my lane. The Corolla Hybrid comes in just one trim, the LE, and is only available as a sedan. The base MRSP is $22,950; our as-tested price was $24,303.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Solid infotainment tech
  • Comfortable ride
Cons
  • No hybrid option
  • Lack of interior customization options

digitaltrends[14]

Sentiment Score 80%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following***:
The 2020 Toyota Corolla is poised to continue its 53-year streak as a best-selling economy car. EPA fuel economy ratings are good, up to 30/38 for the 1.8-liter with the CVT. The Corolla hybrid really raises the stakes, however, with 53 mpg city and 52 mpg highway.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Elegant styling
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Comfortable ride
Cons
  • Lane tracing tech isn't fully developed
  • No automatic emergency braking

User Reviews

References

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4. ^ New Toyota Corolla Touring Sports 2019 review. [autoexpress]. https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/toyota/corolla/105175/new-toyota-corolla-touring-sports-2019-review. 2019-05-03. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ New Toyota Corolla Saloon 2019 review. [autoexpress]. https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/toyota/corolla/106004/new-toyota-corolla-saloon-2019-review. 2019-02-15. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
6. ^ Toyota Corolla vs Volkswagen Golf vs Peugeot 308. [autoexpress]. https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/toyota/corolla/106381/toyota-corolla-vs-volkswagen-golf-vs-peugeot-308. 2019-03-24. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
7. ^ New Toyota Corolla GR Sport 2020 review. [autoexpress]. https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/toyota/corolla/109067/new-toyota-corolla-gr-sport-2020-review. 2020-03-18. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
8. ^ New Toyota Corolla Trek 2020 review. [autoexpress]. https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/toyota/corolla/352445/new-toyota-corolla-trek-2020-review. 2020-06-04. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
9. ^ 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid review: Sip with subtlety. [cnet]. https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/reviews/2020-toyota-corolla-hybrid-le-cvt-review/. 2019-08-20. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
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