The Toyota Corolla hatch now comes in a new hybrid model that delivers impressive fuel economy, nimble handling, strong value and keen pricing. It gives customers a cheaper entry-point to hybrid motoring compared to the Japanese brand’s Prius.
Apart from Toyota’s Prius, Corolla hybrid can operate in petrol and electric modes alone, or a combination of both, offering a choice of 3 selectable driving modes – power, economy and electric. Fuel consumption stands at 4.1 lt/100 km (57.37 mpg US) and the driving range has enlarged by almost 280 km (174 miles), to 1,097 km (682 miles), despite the fuel tank being down 5 liters, at 45 liters.
Available from AU$26,990 (US$19,940) in Australia, it delivers a combined output of 134 HP from a Hybrid Synergy Drive Sys that combines a 1.8-liter internal combustion engine and an electric motor, setting the front wheels in motion through an E-CVT.
There’s a number driver-focused features on the hybrid not offered on any other Corolla in Australia, starting with handling, stability and comfort advantages of double-wishbone rear suspension.
Standard features include 16-inch alloy wheels, fabric upholstery, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, LED daytime running lights, bi-LED headlights, keyless entry and ignition, in-built satellite navigation and a 4.2-inch digital instrument display.
Satellite navigation, SUNA live traffic updates, Toyota Link connected mobility and a color 4.2-inch thin-film transistor multi-info display — all standard features on Corolla SX and ZR — are included in the hybrid offering.
The Corolla Hybrid becomes the fifth hybrid model in the local Toyota line-up, joining the Prius, Prius C and Prius V trio, along with the larger Camry Hybrid.