The Toyota Corolla is back!

Worth the wait, the new 12th generation Toyota Corolla is back on sale after an absence of 13 years and has now arrived in Jemca’s showrooms with test drives available to book.

Three versions - the Saloon together with the new British-Hatchback and Touring Sports models, have taken pride of place at Jemca’s centres in Bracknell, Bromley, Croydon, Edgware Road, Enfield, Reading and Sidcup.

The models have been designed with specific people in mind, they are young & ambitious professionals and parents with young children looking for a vehicle to suit their growing family.

One of the most enduring models, the Corolla was first launched in 1966 and has since sold 46 million cars worldwide.


Self-charging hybrid driving has been at the heart of Toyota engineering and development since the Prius first went on sale in 1997. With the new Corolla line-up Toyota has introduced its new dual hybrid strategy with the Hatchback and Touring Sports the first models to offer customers a choice of two self-charging hybrid powertrains - 1.8-litre with 120bhp and a new 2.0-litre system developing 178bhp. The hybrid version of the Saloon comes as the 1.8-litre hybrid.

External Design

Sleek and sophisticated, the Saloon’s shares the wide and low stance indicative of the use of the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) GA-C platform.

The Saloon has a different front and rear design to the Hatchback and Touring Sports after Toyota customer research found Hatchback and Touring Sports customers favoured a dynamic-looking vehicle, whereas Saloon owners tend to prefer a car with a more prestigious look.

The three body types have familiar features so are obviously related and all have a sporting body design.

Both the new Corolla Hatchback and Touring Sports are available in Icon, Icon Tech, Design and Excel trim levels. The Saloon is available in Icon, Icon Tech and Design trims.

Interior Design

All three models benefit from a spacious and well-designed interior which is driver-centric whilst creating the highest levels of comfort for passengers. A more spacious feel is created with a new, slimmer (by 24mm) instrument panel whilst the height reduction has the dual concept of a more compact car. In turn, this improves the driver’s forward view and at the same time lowers the front seat hip point, lowering the car’s centre of gravity creating a more engaging driving position.

Technology highlights include wireless phone charging and an intuitive eight-inch multimedia touchscreen, seven-inch multimedia display and 10-inch head-up display. All versions of new Corolla are fitted with eCall, which can automatically contact the emergency services with the vehicle’s location and number of people on board in the event of an accident in which the airbags are deployed.

As we move into an era of connected vehicles, Corolla’s launch will be followed by a number of connected features with those proposed including Last Mile Guidance, Send to Car Navigation, Driving Analytics and Maintenance Reminder.

The Hatchback and Touring Sports are available with a black interior colour scheme, with a choice of fabric or part leather upholstery. The Saloon has black cloth upholstery.


Hatchback and Touring Sports offer the same combinations of grades and powertrains: Icon and Icon Tech models are available with the 1.8-litre self-charging hybrid system and 1.2T petrol engine, while Design versions additionally offer the new 2.0-litre hybrid system. Excel grade is all-hybrid, offered with both the 1.8 and 2.0-litre systems. Both models have the choice of one conventional powered engine, the 1.2 petrol whilst the Saloon is available as a 1.6-litre petrol.

All three models come with the option of the improved fourth generation 1.8-litre hybrid with advanced EV technology, yet no charging is required. Impressively, up to 50% (dependent on driving conditions) of typical commuting journeys can be accomplished in all-electric drive.


1.8-litre with 120bhp

  • 0-62mph in 10.9 seconds
  • Fuel consumption 55.42 to 65.94mpg1 (combined, WLTP)
  • 76g/km CO2 emissions1 (NEDC correlated data)

2.0-litre with 178bhp

  • 0-62mph in 7.9 seconds
  • Fuel consumption (combined, 50.43 to 60.62mpg
  • CO2 emissions are 89g/km (NEDC correlated data)

1.2-litre turbo petrol with 114bhp

  • 0-62mph in 10.1 seconds
  • Fuel consumption (combined, WLTP) is from 39.41 to 47.24mpg
  • CO2 emissions from 128g/km

Touring Sports

1.8-litre with 120bhp

  • 0-62mph in 11.1 seconds
  • Fuel consumption 55.42 to 65.94mpg1 (combined, WLTP)
  • 76g/km CO2 emissions1 (NEDC correlated data)

2.0-litre with 178bhp

  • 0-62mph in 8.1 seconds
  • Fuel consumption (combined, 50.43 to 60.62mpg
  • CO2 emissions are 89g/km (NEDC correlated data)

1.2-litre turbo petrol with 114bhp

  • 0-62mph in 10.2 seconds
  • Fuel consumption (combined, WLTP) is from 39.41 to 47.24mpg
  • CO2 emissions from 128g/km


1.8-litre hybrid 120bhp/90kW

  • 0-62mph in 11.0 seconds
  • Fuel economy of 83.0mpg1 (WLTP 49.26 to 65.46mpg)
  • CO2 emissions from just 77g/km1 (WLTP 98g/km)

1.6-litre petrol engine 130bhp/97kW

  • Six-speed manual transmission or a CVT gearbox
  • Fuel consumption from 48.7mpg1 (WLTP 46.3mpg)
  • CO2emissions from 131g/km1 (WLTP 139g/km)

1 Based on Regulation EC 2017/1153 as amended EC 2017/1231 – pending final homologation

2 Depending on driving conditions


Across the complete range, all models are equipped with the enhanced functions of the second generation of Toyota Safety Sense, a suite of advanced safety features. The upgraded package includes the Pre-Collision System that can detect pedestrians in the car’s path both in daylight and night-time driving, and cyclists in daylight. Full-range Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with steering assist, Road Sign Assist and Automatic High Beam are also provided. A new Lane Tracing Assist system provides the driver with even more support.


The full Corolla line-up and on-the-road prices are given in the table below. Toyota’s UK retailers are now accepting pre-orders for the vehicles ahead of the sales launch in March next year.

Prices start at £21,300 for the Corolla Icon 1.2 manual hatchback and £23,750 for the Corolla Icon 1.8 Hybrid CVT Saloon and Hatchback models; the Touring Sports 1.2-litre Icon starts at £22,570 and £25,020 for the 1.8 hybrid version.


Hatchback and touring Sports models are being produced by Toyota Manufacturing UK at its Burnaston plant in Derbyshire and the saloon is being built at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Turkey.

Production of the hatchback and touring sports at the Burnaston car plant was marked by a special ceremony attended by Dr Johan van Zyl, President and CEO of Toyota Motor Europe, Mr Hiroki Nakajima, Mid-size Vehicle Company, executive vice president and concurrent chief engineer, Toyota Motor Corporation, The Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, the UK Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and His Excellency Mr Koji Tsuruoka, Japanese Ambassador to the United Kingdom.

TNGA explained

The new Corolla is the first model to be built in the UK using the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform, the foundation for new generations of Toyota vehicles worldwide. In 2017, an investment of £240 million in the Toyota Burnaston operations was announced for the introduction of TNGA production.

The new Toyota C-HR crossover and Prius models are also constructed on the TNGA GA-C platform. Features of the new include giving the car a lower centre of gravity and enabling greatly increased body rigidity, which contribute to significantly improved ride comfort, stability and dynamic performance. The new platform also allows for a more spacious cabin and load space, and greater freedom to create more individual and eye-catching designs such as the different styling treatments for the hatchback and touring sports versions of the new Corolla.

What do customers think?

Mrs Pauline Walpole, a customer at Jemca Toyota Croydon, for 25 years, was at the group’s launch event when the new Corolla was unveiled to customers.

She said: “I have been and Toyota Customer for 25 years and you simply cannot go wrong with a Corolla, the new model is wonderful and I’m glad its back. I have stayed with the brand because they are reliable, the cars have a five-year warranty and the staff here are fantastic.

“I think hybrid cars are a great because they are much more economical. They have such a smooth drive and of course have low emissions!”