2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid Review: A Formidable Option

2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid review
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We review the trendy looking budget sports sedan2020 Toyota Corolla hybrid

With the ongoing trend of eco-friendly vehicles and the government launching a multitude of initiatives for these owners, it only made sense for Toyota to launch a hybrid version of one of its most popular compact cars, the uber-reliable ‘Toyota Corolla’.

Most customers today want a vehicle that is bang for the buck. This means a vehicle that is fuel efficient and economical in terms of servicing in the long run. You can be rest assured, the Corolla meets all those demands.

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First introduced in 1966, In a span of just eight years, it became one of the best-selling cars in the world since then. Toyota achieved a major milestone in 2016 when they had sold over 44 million Corolla’s around the world.

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What we liked

  • Out of the world fuel economy
  • Super spacious for a vehicle in its class
  • Smooth drive for long road trips across the emirates
  • Stylish design
  • Availability of various parts and accessories

What we didn’t like

  • A notch higher premium priced for its similar category cars
  • Heavy use of plastics in the interiors


The new Corolla truly sports a sleek and sharp design that easily makes it stand out in the crowd. Unlike its Korean counterparts, the body feels a lot sturdier and more durable that can even withstand harsh road conditions and extreme weather.

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Toyota says that the new Corolla is wider, taller and more aggressive. We totally agree. The Corolla no longer has a cheap feel to it thanks to its premium aesthetics. The 17-inch allow wheels is a major plus point for the car making it a far better choice than the likes of Nissan Sunny and the Kia Cerato.

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Performance and Handling

The hybrid variant of the Corolla comes with a 1.8-litre engine combined with the use of electric motors. Not once did we feel the performance was sluggish in any way as compared to a conventional engine. Overall performance feels quite refined with a premium feel to it. Toyota claims that the lighter body leads to overall increase in performance compared to its previous generations.

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The car performed reasonably well at sharp turns and curves with no body roll. Though this is meant to be a more environment friendly vehicle, Toyota simply hasn’t compromised on performance and for those who expect the thrill of going from 0-60 in lightning speed, don’t worry. Toyota has you covered there as well.

The powertrain incorporates a high rotation per minute (rpm) motor that is capable of delivering high output from a small lightweight footprint. This means you can now enjoy powerful acceleration with unbelievable fuel efficiency.

Safety and Reliability

Let’s face it. No one likes to compromise on safety. Even if you want to go for a base model of a car, the first thing anyone checks for is whether the brand compromises on safety features across different variants of the same vehicle.

But for a brand like Toyota, the word ‘safety’ is quite synonymous with the brand. The vehicle comes with Hill-start assist control that helps prevent the vehicle from stalling backwards on an incline. Comes in handy on those road trips to Jabal Jais in Ras Al Khaimah.

VSC or vehicle stability control is a program that regulates your brakes and shocks during emergency maneuvering. When sensors detect situations where the vehicle might skid off the tracks, it helps prevent front of rear wheel slip by controlling the output of the engine and force of braking.

ABS prevent the wheels from locking during emergency braking or even on slippery roads. EBD ensures optimum distribution of the braking force depending on all kinds of driving conditions.

There are also airbags for the front seats including the sides to help the driver and co-passenger in the event of a collision in the front.

All these features might seem cool for the passengers inside the car, but what about the ones outside? You see Toyota incorporated a stellar body structure that helps reduce injury to pedestrians by impact absorbing measures including the hood, cowl, lower radiator support and front fenders. The body is also designed keeping crash safety in mind that helps absorb impact energy regardless of vehicles that are of different weight and height in a collision.

The Uber Cool Gizmos

Well Toyota did keep the millennials in mind while designing the car so you can expect the car to have a lot of gizmos that’ll come in handy. You’ve got push button start with smart keyless entry, wireless charging for your phone, a 7-inch multi information display, 6-Speaker audio system, LED + Leveling headlamps, retractable mirrors, daytime running lights for that stylish look and a rear-view camera with parking sensors.

What more could you possibly need?

Overall Verdict

With last year’s model, I thought Toyota had reached its peak with how good the ‘Corolla’ could possibly get. Proud to say, the brand has topped that. With a few extra thousand dirhams, you’ll get back your extra investment in the long run thanks to its solid fuel efficiency and you’ll also be doing a favor to the environment.

The vehicle has a very premium feel to it making it ideal as a city car. Corollas are also known to be incredibly reliable and hold a much higher value compared to its competitors in the long run.

If you’re in the market looking for a budget friendly hybrid, this is definitely the car you should take a test drive.

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