Toyota Corolla hybrid reliability & safety

There's no independent reliability data for the Corolla hybrid yet, but the company’s track record in this area is excellent

Toyota Corolla
Euro NCAP Adult protection Child protection Safety assistance
5 stars (2019) 95% 84% 77%

It's not been around for very long, but the latest Corolla has had just enough time to establish a good reputation for reliability. This should be no surprise given the track record of previous Toyota models, however. Safety is assured by a five-star Euro NCAP score.

Toyota Corolla hybrid reliability & problems

Toyota is renowned for reliability and dependability, particularly of its hybrid models, so we don't foresee any major issues in this area for the Corolla. The car finished in an impressive 7th place out of 75 cars in our sister title Auto Express' 2020 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey, with just 7.7% of owners reporting faults. Toyota's five-year/100,000-mile warranty is one of the best in the business too.

Safety

The latest Corolla has now been through Euro NCAP crash-testing, where it scored the maximum five stars. Individual scores include a very impressive 95% for adult occupant protection, 84% for child occupant protection and 77% for safety assistance.

Toyota's suite of standard safety equipment is impressive. Called 'Safety Sense', it incorporates a pre-collision system, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, road-sign recognition and automatic high-beam headlights.

The pre-collision system will detect vehicles in front at speeds between six and 112mph, alerting the driver to the risk of impact and preparing the brakes to deliver maximum stopping power. If you don't respond to the warning, the brakes are applied automatically in order to avoid (or reduce the severity of) a collision.

The adaptive cruise control can stop and start the car as appropriate in traffic at speeds of up to 19mph, as well as keeping a safe distance from the car in front when cruising at higher speeds. Lane-departure warning functions at speeds above 31mph, alerting the driver if the car is leaving its lane without indicating.