The corolla is one of Australia’s best-selling models and Toyota has made it even better by adding a hybrid variant to the Corolla Range. Car Advice managed to get their hands on one and they’ve reviewed it for those of you living in Australia.
Priced at a MSRP of $26,990, it sits just under the Corolla ZR by $2000 and even though it costs less, the standard model comes with a bevy of features including some that it borrowed from the ZR like the dual-zone climate control, auto-levelling bi-LED headlights, LED daytime running lights, and keyless entry/ignition. The hybrid also comes equipped with a few tech features like satellite navigation with SUNA live traffic updates and the Toyota Link connectivity, both accessed through a 4.2-inch multi-information display.
To differentiate the hybrid from the ZR, Toyota made a few changes. The hybrid is getting a set of 16 inch alloys instead of the 17 inch rims found on the ZR. You also won’t be seeing leather seat trim, heated front seats or an auto-dimming rear-view mirror. They had to do something to justify the $2000 difference.
Under the hood sits a 1.8-litre petrol engine with an electric motor and the battery pack is located under the passenger seats so the cargo space won’t be compromised. With the aid of a battery, the hybrid Corolla’s total tank range is claimed to be 1100km even though the tank itself is just 45 litres.
Overall, the 2016 Toyota Corolla Hybrid scored a rating of 8 out of 10.