2016 Toyota Corolla Hybrid

The new Toyota Corolla Hybrid hatch has gone on sale in Australia – if it looks familiar, that’s because it’s basically the Auris Hybrid, which has been on sale in Europe for a number of years now. It’s priced at AUS$26,990 (RM81,500), putting it between the Corolla SX and ZR petrol hatches.

This facelifted version is powered by a 1.8 litre VVT-i engine from the Prius, making 98 hp at 5,200 rpm and 142 Nm at 4,000 rpm. Fitted with a 60 kW (80 hp) electric motor, a nickel-metal hydride battery and an eCVT, the Corolla Hybrid delivers a net total of 134 hp – the same as the third-gen Prius. The car also has a pure electric range of up to two kilometres, and it can be driven in this mode at speeds of up to 45 km/h.

Fuel consumption is rated at 4.1 litres per 100 km combined and 3.9 litres per 100 km in urban driving, compared to 6.1 litres per 100 km and 8.0 litres per 100 km respectively for the regular automatic Corolla. This boosts the theoretical maximum driving range by almost 280 km to 1,097 km, despite the petrol tank being cut down from 50 litres to 45. Toyota Australia quotes carbon dioxide emissions of 96 grams per km.

Available in a single trim level, the Corolla Hybrid comes standard with bi-LED headlights with LED daytime running lights, 16-inch wheels, keyless entry, push-button start, dual-zone automatic air-con, navigation with SUNA live traffic updates, Toyota Link smartphone connectivity, a reverse camera and a colour 4.2-inch TFT LCD multi-info display. Safety kit includes seven airbags, ABS and stability and traction control.