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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

4.3 out of 5

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Reliability & safety Rating

5.0 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 41st place out of the 75 cars ranked. Owners were impressed by the Corolla’s strong performance, and it was ranked 12th overall for its ride quality and handling. 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 will be hoping its recent facelift improves scores in this area.

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

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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