Citing Toyota as a pioneer or hybrid technology, Auto Express noted that the brand had continued development of the tech diligently to the point where Toyota offered “some of the best petrol-electric cars on sale today” with the All New Corolla being one of them.
The Corolla name returned to the UK market in February with hatchback, estate and saloon models and was the first model in Europe to be offered with a choice of two hybrid powertrains, adding a new 2.0-litre system with more power and responsiveness. It firmly established its popularity helping Toyota Hybrid sales pass 300,000 units in June this year.
Auto Express editor-in-chief Steve Fowler commented: "Toyota has long been at the forefront of hybrid-car development, but this year’s Affordable Hybrid of the Year award goes to a new model with a familiar name: the Toyota Corolla. Our judges were impressed by the way the Corolla delivers relaxed performance, superb around-town refinement and low running costs. Having decent interior space and plenty of standard kit seals the deal for this unbeatable package."