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Toyota Corolla hatchback - Reliability & safety

We expect the Toyota Corolla to be one of the easiest cars to own in the class

Carbuyer Rating

4.1 out of 5

Reliability & safety Rating

4.5 out of 5

We expect the Toyota to boast enviable reliability, and it's fitted with all the key safety features you'd expect in a forward-looking family car, which helped it get five stars from Euro NCAP.

Toyota Corolla reliability

The Toyota Corolla performed strongly in our most recent Driver Power owner satisfaction surveys, finishing in 32nd place out of the top 75 cars. Owners were impressed by the Corolla’s strong performance, and it was ranked seventh overall for its ride quality. They were less happy with the practicality it offers, though, due to a small boot and lack of storage space. The infotainment screen was also a cause for grumbling.

Toyota performed equally well in our manufacturer survey, with around 15% of owners reporting a fault with their cars in the first year of ownership. Owners praised the fuel economy of their cars, and the smoothness of the engines, but were less impressed by their acceleration, which could be quicker, and clunky infotainment systems.

Safety

The Toyota Corolla achieved a full five-star rating when it was tested by Euro NCAP in the spring of 2019. That included a 95% score in the adult occupant category. The car is loaded with active safety kit to help prevent a collision, as well as plenty of passive measures should the worst happen. Most safety equipment is standard too, so you don't have to spend extra on a high trim or spend on costly options for added peace of mind.

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