I tested the Toyota Corolla Hybrid Hatch last year and I loved the fact it was a hybrid but found the boot space a little compact for a family car, so I am eager to get in the Toyota Corolla Hybrid Sedan to see how it compares as a BabyDrive. Let's go and find out!
It doesn't matter how many electric and hybrid cars I drive, I am still pleasantly surprised at how quiet they are when they start and was still shocked by the Corolla Sedan.
The petrol engine didn't kick in until I was doing about 40km/h or if I was accelerating quickly at lower speeds. So just like in the hatch model, I could do a lot of pootling around town or school runs without really using any fuel. I drove my daughter around the block to sleep and sat with just the battery running the aircon while she slept, without using fuel! You will save yourself money and the planet using this car! I enjoyed being able to explain to my daughter using the great visual in the media screen that shows you the power going to and from the battery and engine, so you can see what you are using while you are driving or stopped which we both found fascinating.
The media system in the Toyota Corolla Sedan has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It was still quite a basic system but having those was a big improvement.
In the back of the Corolla Sedan, I could fit two child seats and installing them was made tricky by the top tether anchorages being in the fixed parcel shelf behind headrests that don't move. With the low headroom, they were difficult to connect to and even more difficult to disconnect them!
The Corolla Sedan is more spacious in the second row than the Corolla Hatch, especially when it comes to legroom for a small car. I found that with a rear-facing child seat installed, the legroom was enough for a 180cm driver in front. I did find I bumped my head a few times on the low roofline in the back and swinging a big toddler into a forward-facing child seat without banging her head was difficult too.
Storage in the Corolla Sedan is better than in the hatch model but still quite minimal throughout, with two cup holders in the front and back, a small console box and small door bins in the front and back too.
In the boot of the Corolla Sedan excels in comparison to the hatch model, holding fifteen shopping bags when empty compared to the hatch holding nine! This means the Corolla Sedan's boot space is equal to the Kia Cerato sedan and one more than the Honda Civic sedan. All sizes of stroller fitted in the boot with a good amount of shopping.
I found the Toyota Corolla Hybrid Sedan quite a nippy little car to drive, I love how quiet it is, but most of all I was fascinated by the hybrid motor! It is such a nice feeling to not be burning money or polluting the environment when driving my daughter to sleep and sitting while she sleeps with the air-conditioning on.
The Toyota Corolla Hybrid Sedan scored a five-star ANCAP safety rating in 2019 and has seven airbags as standard.