2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid: Specs, Technology, Configurations

Thursday, February 21st, 2019 - Toyota

We were able to drive the 2020 Toyota Corolla hybrid to discover the qualities of a Prius in a more contained format and price -with a less risky design-, but also a second 2.0 hybrid engine with genius.

Give way, Toyota Auris, which returns the Toyota Corolla. And goodbye, Avensis, that also the Corolla, in its versions Sedan (of three volumes) and Touring Sports (family bodywork), will fulfill your mission. It will only be marketed with a hybrid engine, but it will do so with two variants. A 1.8 that has little to do with the Auris, because it is the Prius engine with its own recalibration and commercial denomination 125h. What’s new is the arrival of a 2.0 hybrid engine that, despite operating also in Atkinson mode, has a long race that promotes high torque and offers 190 Nm, very close to 100 Nm/liter displacement that reveals a motor of high performance.

They have not declared performance values (of 1.8 declared above 40% of fuel use), but their consumption well below 4 l / 100 km in the WLTP standard indicates that they must be very good. In addition, the electric motor has been re-dimensioned in this motor, with different supply voltages and torque delivery. We can anticipate that, while the 1.8 looks like a classic hybrid as we know it in the Prius, according to Toyota the 2.0 is able to subtract 3 seconds when accelerating from 0 to 100 km / h, what it says all about these brothers Jekyll and Hyde. And while one uses a lithium battery, the other remains faithful to the traditional nickel-metal hydride (and is the new 2.0 faithful, except the 1.8 in its sedan body). We will see that this has counterparts and also advantages, such as different boot capacities depending on the battery technology.

2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid With Prius Engine

The 1.8 received a very deep update to equip the Prius. Its characteristic unctuous operation of mechanics is well present in the 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid. In front of the Auris, it replaces, a much dimmer and muffled sound is perceived, even in strong accelerations. The regime is sustained, but the applied effort is felt to change its frequency and appear closer to an acceleration of any conventional car. They have completely renewed the instrument panel, which from succinct information, has been given prominence to a large revolution and physical needle counter, so that any user understands what is happening, trying to pick up those laggards in the use of the hybrid. By the way, it will be visualized that the heat engine is not revolutionized as much as it might seem and that it goes off a lot of the time while you are driving. Hence the reduced consumption and, of course, the Eco label of the DGT, in this case, a hybrid with all of the law.

In addition to the digital speedometer, the graphics with watches on the seven-inch TFT screen offer superabundant information, like never a hybrid had offered before. From simplicity, they have gone on to offer more information than you are going to use, everything to please the more “mechanical” drivers.

2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid Interior & Features

If the engine is very isolated, the body itself, with an impressive patching quality, even at very low speed, which is when many dampers often fail. The feeling of solidity and consistency attribute it again to the rigidity derived from the use of the GA-C platform: they say that it has increased by 60 percent with respect to the rigidity of the Auris! There is a certain aerodynamic rumor, in fact, the Cx has worsened slightly, but all within a very calm environment. Perhaps the minimum noise of rolling and motor explains that the air is the clear protagonist.

Thanks to the needle of the rev counter, it becomes clear not only the number of times the combustion engine is off but also the speed with which it returns to life and contributes to the thrust without vibration or jerk. If the suspensions surprise, the chassis has one of the most neutral behaviors we’ve ever encountered in Toyota – the rear track is 11 mm wider behind – it shows great stability and the steering has a good center point in a straight line. Steering is one of the aspects in which one feels generation after generation and the feel of the brake, too: it is no longer the gummy pedal of the first (and second, and third) hybrids.


The 2.0 seems to come out of another league. Newly designed, it sounds more or, at least, its timbre becomes more present. Also, get into action promptly, waking the combustion engine as soon as you step on the accelerator with a little joy. If you want to move like in 1.8, looking for the classic sensations of a Toyota hybrid, you better put the Eco mode, which gives a much more parsimonious accelerator pedal law, but not even. This 180h hybrid understands that the owner has chosen it for its liveliness and this mechanical variant of the 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid tries to show signs of good response more often. If in 1.8 everything flows and seems very adequate to a driving preponderance that the combustion engine does not work, the 2.0 awakens to the minimum, in support of the electric. I would even say that it has something of grunt and character at 1,500 and 2,500 rpm, without having to step on it with generosity. If you do, it shows that you run, like never a GA-C, what you did not expect from this muscular cousin of the Prius. It would be outrageous to say that it resembles the Lexus LC Hybrid, but on narrow and twisty roads, its consistent chassis and engine allow you to think “uf, yes, it does run”, something that is not in the spirit of using the 1.8.

It is still too early to talk about consumption, as long as it can not be measured in standard routes by our Technical Center, but officially there is not much difference between the two engines in the new WLTP cycle, although it is under the old NEDC cycle soft driving requirement. In real use, thanks to the additional force, one of its technicians told us that the consumption in real use is even favorable to 2.0. And although I like this 2.0 engine, I am sure that the driver seduced by the Toyota hybrids will prefer the improved smoothness and somewhat greater thrust of the renewed 1.8. Of course, if you had any doubt about whether a hybrid can have the temperament, go up to a 2.0 and you will be convinced that you can push like many Diesel and that, if it sounds, it is because you are asking for good acceleration, as in any compact of your walk. In short, to try to attract who the 1.8 hybrids would never have convinced him.


The name Corolla returns to the body of the compact and to honor those 45 million Corolla sold, it does marking the territory with three body styles -compact 5 doors, family and sedans. Below, the 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid incorporates the technological wicks of Prius or Rav4, the GA-C platform in short. They left the rest in engineering to obtain with the Prius a base on which to build very diverse bodies, with different formats, with favorable dynamic qualities. With a center of gravity 10 mm lower than before, the occupants feel almost 2.5 cm lower than in an Auris. That could limit the visibility, if not because – again those things of “the platform” – both the dashboard and the hood can be placed in a much lower position. The uprights are thin and the rear camera now offers a much clearer view.


The grace of the famous versatile platforms, used by all manufacturers, is that they can offer 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid with different formats, even with different distances between axes, all in the same line of manufacture. Thus, the five-door hatchback has a 264 cm battle, while the family and sedan variants separate the axles up to 270 cm, like that of an Opel Astra. Even in the 5 doors boast of something more space than before for the rear passengers, in this case, thanks to new finer front seats. In any case, they are better taken care of than before, with two subsequent ventilation outlets that the Auris lacked, although without control controls within reach of those occupants. Of the seats, there are two variants, the basic one in which greater lumbar support would be appreciated and another one of aspect and sports forms, more enveloping and suitable. With the latter, the rear seats also receive a more own confirmation for only two occupants.

In the case of the family, the trunk increases considerably, which does not happen in the 5 doors, which does not nail for a liter (and that with the small engine). The familiar Touring Sports has been given refinements such as electric opening by passing the foot under the bumper, while the backs can be folded down leaving a flat load surface, from both handles in the trunk. The floor of the trunk, with the possibility of double height, is also reversible, with carpet or plastic depending on the face in question.

2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid Price & Equipment

They have put the rest in safety equipment, but in the manner of Toyota, increasing little by little what the different safety systems offer the so-called Toyota Safety System. Under this umbrella, an improved camera and a smaller radar refine the operation of the lane maintenance assistants, the detection of day and pedestrian bicycles (day and night) for automatic braking in case of risk of being run over, etc.

The camera identifies a large number of signals and the cruise control can adapt the speed to its reading. To facilitate driving with this system activated, in case you want to start overtaking a slower vehicle, the car reactivates at the time of activating the turn signal to facilitate the maneuver(if the rear radars indicate that it is possible to do it). All headlights are led, with three different levels. The maximum finish has active lighting MatriciaL, able to compose various beams of light dynamically, depending on the circumstances, including anti-glare while driving with the long.

The commercialization has already begun, with first deliveries in March. 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid 1.8 hybrids (125h) is priced between $23,625 and $25,382 with 5 doors, while the 2.0 hybrid (180h) range between $28044 and $33,937. The Touring Sports family body adds $1,416 to the bill.

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