Toyota Corolla Saloon engines, drive & performance
The Toyota Corolla Saloon is a relaxing motorway cruiser, although you’ll get the best fuel economy around town
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The Toyota Corolla Saloon comes in 1.8-litre hybrid form only, and it performs best when you’re not in a hurry: settle into a motorway cruise and it’ll tick along almost silently at around 1,000rpm. You’ll notice a bit more noise from the tyres and wing mirrors as a result, but the Corolla is still very quiet indeed.
Until, that is, you need to accelerate sharply. Taking advantage of a gap to overtake on the motorway requires a kick of the accelerator, which forces the CVT gearbox to send the revs spiralling upwards for a short time.
Credit where credit's due, though: you may be surprised how often the engine cuts out altogether as the battery electric motor takes over. Toyota reckons half of urban driving will be done in full electric mode, though we haven’t driven the Corolla enough to verify this claim just yet.
Toyota Corolla Saloon engine, 0-62mph and acceleration
The 122bhp Corolla Saloon will accelerate from 0-62mph in 11.0 seconds, which is reasonable enough but far from what you’d consider quick. The top speed is 112mph, and a CVT gearbox sends power to the car’s front wheels.
The Corolla is clearly aimed at more relaxed, economy-conscious buyers: the Ford Mondeo Hybrid is quicker, and will do 0-62mph in 9.2 seconds en route to a top speed of 116mph.
The Corolla Saloon handles quite well, and it doesn’t suffer from a pronounced lean when going round corners. However, this isn’t a car you’ll have any great desire to drive enthusiastically: the CVT gearbox just isn’t designed for fast, punchy B-road stints.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe hybrid Toyota Corolla Saloon is a well executed car in a class with few rivals
- 2MPG & CO2 emissionsEconomy and emissions on the Toyota Corolla Saloon are decent for a car of this size
- 3Running costsLow CO2 emissions make the Toyota Corolla Saloon an attractive company car, and other running costs are low, too
- 4Engines, drive & performance - currently readingThe Toyota Corolla Saloon is a relaxing motorway cruiser, although you’ll get the best fuel economy around town
- 5Interior & comfortThe Toyota Corolla Saloon looks smart inside and is pretty well equipped, even in the lowest trim level
- 6Practicality & boot spaceThe Toyota Corolla Saloon has a bigger boot than the hatchback, but headroom suffers compared to the estate
- 7Reliability & safetyThe Toyota Corolla Saloon comes with a 100,000-mile/five-year warranty, offering immense peace of mind