Relaxed, spacious and reasonable

Relaxed, spacious and reasonable

The Toyota Corolla Touring Sports in everyday testing: Is the hybrid drive good as a diesel replacement??

Toyota no longer has diesel in the passenger car segment; the Japanese have removed the diesels bought from BMW from the range in 2018. Instead, the manufacturer is now fully committed to the hybrid drive.

The combination of electric motor and petrol engine should ensure low consumption, sufficient driving comfort and good power delivery. In the most powerful version, a 2-liter naturally aspirated engine is used, which together with the electric motor produces 184 hp and 190 Nm of torque. The spacious station wagon costs at least 39,800 francs, but it has some talents. You can also sit comfortably on the back seat, the trunk has a capacity of 581 to 1591 liters, is easy to load and is pleasantly brightly lit at night. The Japanese plays the role as a family-friendly station wagon convincingly.

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The cockpit looks solid, but a bit jagged. Contrary to the general trend, Toyota still relies on conventional buttons instead of shipping all functions into the touchscreen menus; the operation seems a bit confusing at first glance, but once you get used to it, you will find your way around all the better.

You also have to get used to driving with the hybrid drive. He feels most comfortable when he can work discreetly in the background. The electric motor and petrol engine complement each other inconspicuously and without jerking; when rolling or on short intermediate sections, the Corolla drives purely electrically, otherwise the electric motor supports with a small battery – or diligently collects electricity when braking. Only when accelerating hard does the drive seem a bit sluggish and strained because the speed remains constantly high due to the continuously variable transmission. In everyday life, however, this rarely bothers; one is much more happy about the reasonable consumption of 5.8 l/100 km (factory specification 5.2 l/100 km).

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