The Toyota Corolla heads into 2020 with a choice of two hybrid powertrains after the withdrawal of the entry-level 1.2-litre petrol model. As there are now only hybrid versions remaining, the starting price of the Corolla has effectively increased to £24,140.
You can opt for either a 1.8-litre powertrain borrowed from the Toyota Prius and Toyota C-HR, or a more powerful 2.0-litre option. The former produces 120bhp and gets from 0-62mph in 10.9 seconds, while the 177bhp 2.0-litre engine hits 62mph in a whisker under eight seconds. The 1.8-litre returns 57.7mpg compared to 54.3mpg for the 2.0-litre, and both come with a CVT automatic gearbox.
The Toyota Corolla Trek is available to order now, and is the result of the manufacturer’s collaboration with Trek Bicycles. It’s only offered on the Toyota Corolla Touring Sports estate, a fleet of which will act as support vehicles for the Trek-Segafredo World Tour cycling team
To give the Trek a more rugged look. the suspension has been raised 20mm. There are a number of styling tweaks to the outside of the car too, such as black plastic bodywork cladding with silver accents, front and rear underside protection, 17-inch two-tone alloy wheels, rear privacy glass and LED headlights. The interior also gets an update with two-tone cloth seats, wood trim detailing and a seven-inch TFT infotainment screen. It’s a rival to cars like the Ford Focus Active estate.
The Toyota Corolla GR Sport gets sportier looks but with no power increase. You can think of it as an alternative to the Ford Focus ST-Line and Volkswagen Golf R-Line. To set the GR Sport apart from the standard Corolla, Toyota has restyled the exterior with a new dark chrome front grille, side skirts and a rear diffuser, 18-inch alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, and an exclusive ‘Dynamic Grey’ bi-tone paint finish. Toyota has revised the GR Sport’s interior, adding distinctive Gazoo Racing half leather sports seats (full-leather is an option), and black and red stitching throughout the interior.
The Toyota Corolla Trek is on sale now, with prices between £29,160 and £30,885. The GR Sport will complete the line-up in January 2020 – prices will start at £28,025 for the 1.8-litre hatchback and rise to £31,020 for an estate with the higher-powered engine.