UK prices for Toyota Corolla Trek start at £29,225

Petrol Toyota Corolla no longer available but two special editions join the range

  • Trek adds ruggedness to Corolla range
  • Two hybrid engines available
  • Striking GR Sport also on sale

The Toyota Corolla Trek has joined the growing Corolla range with a starting price of £29,225. It’s a collaboration between Toyota and bike company Trek, and is a rugged-looking estate along the lines of the Ford Focus Active, Volkswagen Golf Alltrack and Skoda Octavia Scout.

Setting it apart from other Toyota Corolla Touring Sports estate models is a 20mm higher ground clearance. Trek editions also get plastic body cladding, exclusive 17-inch alloy wheels and a honeycomb grille. Inside, there’s Trek-specific upholstery and decorative wood trim pieces, while equipment includes an automated tailgate, LED headlights, driver assistance tech and an eight-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Best hybrids you can buy this year

Like the rest of the Corolla range, you’ve a choice of two hybrid powertrains. A 120bhp 1.8-litre, shared with the Toyota Prius, is the cheaper engine, while the more powerful 177bhp 2.0-litre hybrid costs from £30,950. Toyota claims up to 62.7mpg for the former - very impressive considering many diesels struggle to manage this figure - and 56.4mpg for the 2.0-litre. The 2.0-litre engine is easy to recommend, as its 8.1-second 0-62mph-time is a whole three seconds quicker than the less expensive engine. Just like the Toyota C-HR, which also comes with these engine choices, a CVT automatic gearbox is the only option.

The entire Corolla range is now hybrid-only, as the cheaper 1.2-litre petrol engine has been withdrawn. Prices start from £24,185 for the Corolla hatchback and the four-door Corolla saloon, and £25,455 for the Touring Sports estate.

The hatchback and estate is also available in GR Sport trim, which is the equivalent of 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.

Read our review of the Toyota Corolla hatchback and see how it compares to the Carbuyer picks for the best hatchbacks on sale.

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