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Toyota Corolla hybrid MPG & CO2 emissions

Although not a match for its plug-in hybrid rivals, the Toyota Corolla's MPG and CO2 figures are competitive

Toyota Corolla
Overall rating

4.0 out of 5

MPG & CO2 emissions rating

4.0 out of 5

Fuel economy (combined)Fuel economy (high)Fuel economy (low)CO2 emissions
50-63mpg63-71mpg50-71mpg101-120g/km

The claimed official fuel-economy and CO2 emissions figures for the Toyota Corolla hatchback vary considerably, depending on whether you go for the 1.8 or 2.0-litre hybrid powertrain, and exactly what size of alloy wheel you specify. CO2 emissions run from 101 to 120g/km and economy ranges from 50 to just under 63mpg, which is broadly competitive with hybrid rivals such as the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid (63mpg) and Kia Niro (60mpg).

Toyota Corolla hybrid MPG & CO2 emissions

The most efficient Corolla hatchback is the 1.8-litre on 16-inch wheels, which emits 101g/km of CO2 and returned nearly 66mpg in official testing. Increasing wheel size to 17 or 18 inches ups the emissions to as much as 112g/km, while the 2.0-litre hybrid engine (which is only available with larger wheels) emits 111-120g/km of CO2 and will return just over 50mpg economy.

The Corolla will make the most difference to your running costs if you regularly tackle low-speed, stop-start urban driving. This gives the car's hybrid drivetrain the greatest opportunity to run in electric mode, with Toyota claiming that up to 50% of a typical commute can be covered on battery power. For those who do more long-distance motorway runs, however, a modern diesel may make more financial sense.

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