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Introducing the all-new Corolla Cross

The all-new Toyota Corolla Cross brings SUV space, practicality and strong, solid design to the world’s historic best-selling model range for the first time. It completes both the current Corolla family, alongside the hatchback, Touring Sports and saloon, and Toyota’s SUV line-up, making it the widest on the European market.Founded on Toyota’s TNGA (Toyota New…

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The all-new Toyota Corolla Cross brings SUV space, practicality and strong, solid design to the world’s historic best-selling model range for the first time. It completes both the current Corolla family, alongside the hatchback, Touring Sports and saloon, and Toyota’s SUV line-up, making it the widest on the European market.

Founded on Toyota’s TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) philosophy, Corolla Cross benefits from the latest developments of the GA-C platform, bringing benefits in styling, packaging, technology and driving dynamics.

How does it look?

The all-new Toyota Corolla Cross’s powerful and robust styling has been tailored to the European market, with specific headlight and rear light cluster designs and a double-trapezoid grille, flared wings and tapered cabin, projecting the look of an urban-tough SUV.

What are the dimensions of the Corolla Cross?

It measures 4,460mm long, 1,825mm wide and 1,620mm high and has a 2,640mm wheelbase. These dimensions position it between the Toyota C-HR and RAV4, at the heart of the European C-SUV segment, providing the comfort, practicality and versatility that are priorities for active families with young children.

What will the Corolla Cross be like on the inside?

The cabin provides excellent visibility for all occupants, with ample front and rear head and leg room. The large rear door apertures make for easy access and a panoramic sunroof increases the interior light and sense of spaciousness. The load space has a low sill and wide door opening, convenient for loading large items such as buggies and bicycles.

What is the Corolla Cross powered by?

All-new Corolla Cross is the first model globally to use Toyota’s new fifth generation self-charging full hybrid electric system. Available with front-wheel drive (FWD) or intelligent all-wheel drive (AWD-i), the powertrain provides more torque and electric power, greater efficiency and increased driving pleasure.

The transaxle has been re-engineered and new lubrication and oil distribution systems have been introduced, using low-viscosity oil. These measures help reduce electrical and mechanical losses, contributing to improved power and efficiency. Benefiting from the latest developments in lithium-ion battery technology, the new high-voltage battery pack is more powerful and 40 per cent lighter than before. Engine and electric motor output have been improved, resulting in an increase in total system output of more than eight per cent.

The FWD 2.0-litre hybrid powertrain generates 195bhp/146kW, enabling 0-62mph acceleration in 8.1 seconds.

The AWD-i version uses an additional 30.6kW electric motor on the rear axle which engages automatically when required to provide greater traction and driving confidence in low-grip conditions. The benchmark acceleration time is the same as for the FWD model.

What will it be like to drive?

Drivability has also been improved, with more linear, predictable and controllable performance under acceleration. By recalibrating the relationship between the driver’s accelerator pedal inputs and the powertrain response, vehicle speed more closely matches engine revs to provide a more intuitive and natural driving experience.

What technology will the all-new Corolla Cross feature?

Corolla Cross features the latest multimedia technology, with a Europe-specific instrument panel layout with a new configuration of a 12.3-inch driver’s digital cockpit and a 10.5-inch central display.

The digital cockpit uses all-new hardware and software. The largest in its segment, it maximises space for content, flexibility and customisation to personalise the presentation of data such as fuel consumption hybrid system operation and navigation.

What will the multimedia system be like?

The multimedia system uses a faster processor and a 10.5-inch touchscreen. It delivers extra functionality through the Toyota Smart Connect package and enables smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Cloud navigation, up-to-the-moment road event information, voice commands using an on-board assistant and over-the-air software updates are also provided. Using the MyT app, owners can access a suite of connected services, including driving analytics, car location and remote programming of the climate control and door locking.

Read more: History of the Toyota Corolla

What safety features will the all-new Corolla Cross have?

Corolla Cross is equipped with T-Mate, the latest generation of Toyota Safety Sense and driving assistance systems, designed to make driving safer and providing protection for all occupants and other road users.

For the first time, the Pre-Collision System includes acceleration suppression at low speed and Intersection Cut-in Traffic Assist; its oncoming traffic detection and Intersection Turn Assist have also been improved.

Other new Toyota Safety Sense functions include an Emergency Driving Stop System and over-the-air software updates and fixes to optimise system performance and add new ones. Improvements have also been made to the Full-range Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Trace Assist and Road Sign Assist systems.

T-Mate provides driving assistance with a Blind Spot Monitor with Safe Exit Assist, an Adaptive High-beam System for the headlights and Teammate Advance Park for easier, automated parking manoeuvres. A Panoramic View Monitor, Rear Cross Traffic Alert with automatic braking and Intelligent Clearance Sonars are also available.

The GA-C platform enables a highly rigid body to be constructed, providing strong protection in the event of an impact. In the cabin, the passive safety features include a new centre airbag between the front seats, providing extra protection in a side-on collision.

When can I get the all-new Corolla Cross?

Deliveries to European customers will commence in autumn 2022, with launch dates according to individual markets.

Toyota Corolla Cross: technical specifications

All data are tentative/provisional subject to homologation.

ENGINE FWD AWD
Type 4-cylinder, in-line
Valve mechanism DOHC 16-valve with VVT-iE (intake) and  VVT-i (exhaust)
Displacement (cc) 1,987
Compression ratio 13.0:1 14.0:1
Max. output (bhp/DIN hp/kW @ rpm) 169/171/126 @ 6,600 150/152/112 @ 6,000
Max. torque (Nm @ rpm) 202 @ 4,400-4,900 188-190 @ 4,400-5,200
HYBRID SYSTEM FWD AWD
Hybrid battery Lithium-ion
Number of cells 180
Nominal voltage 3.7
Battery capacity (Ah) 4.08
Front motor  
Rated voltage TBC TBC
Max. output (bhp/DIN hp/kW) 112/113/83 112/113/83
Max. Torque (Nm) 206 206
Rear motor    
Max. output (bhp/DIN hp/kW) 41/41/30
Max. Torque (Nm) 84
Total system output (bhp/DIN hp/kW) 194/197/146
TRANSMISSION  
Type eCVT
PERFORMANCE FWD AWD
Max. speed (mph) TBC TBC
0-62mph acceleration (sec) 8.1 8.1
Drag coefficient (Cd) TBC TBC
SUSPENSION  
Front suspension MacPherson strut
Rear suspension Double wishbone
EXTERIOR DIMENSIONS  
Overall length (mm) 4,460
Overall width (mm) 1,825
Overall height (mm) 1,620
Wheelbase (mm) 2,640
Front overhang (mm) 955
Rear overhang (mm) 865

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2023 Toyota Corolla reviews: the first media drives

The finishing touches are currently being applied to the 2023 Toyota Corolla, which among many other changes will debut the fifth-generation of our world-leading, full hybrid petrol-electric powertrain. Members of the national motoring press were recently invited to test pre-production prototypes in both Hatchback and Touring Sports guise, including back-to-back comparisons with current 1.8-litre models.…

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The finishing touches are currently being applied to the 2023 Toyota Corolla, which among many other changes will debut the fifth-generation of our world-leading, full hybrid petrol-electric powertrain. Members of the national motoring press were recently invited to test pre-production prototypes in both Hatchback and Touring Sports guise, including back-to-back comparisons with current 1.8-litre models. What did they think of this thoroughly refreshed model? What were their 2023 Toyota Corolla reviews?

Below is a selection of excerpts from their online reviews, which include a numerical rating where applicable. To read the full reports, simply click on the emboldened links.

2023 Toyota Corolla reviews:

“The latest refinement benefits… particularly the 1.8 Hybrid. For 2023, it’s getting a 24bhp boost to 138bhp, for a 0-62mph sprint of 9.2sec. The point of the exercise is not so much to make the entry-level Corolla a fast car, but more to improve drivability.

“Toyota has also recalibrated the drive modes. [In Eco mode] the updated car… makes better use of the increased potency of the electric motor and waits for longer before it has the engine working. That makes the car feel more relaxed without noticeably compromising performance. At anything less than full throttle, the gearbox will build in some shift points and avoid holding maximum revs wherever possible. It helps that the 1.8 engine is a refined one, so when it pipes up, it’s not grating. Economy remains impressive: at the end of our test route, the car was indicating 57.7mpg.

This is a successful update of an already well-rounded family car

“Just as valuable in daily usage… are the improvements to the brakes. The pedal is now more progressive and allows clean limo-drive stops. The new car also uses the radar for the adaptive cruise control to judge how much regenerative braking it should apply when you lift off the throttle.”

“Exterior changes include a new mesh pattern for the front grille, fresh alloy wheel designs, and on some trim grades, new bi-LED headlights. [Inside] there are embossed patterns aimed at giving trim pieces and upholstery a ‘three-dimensional depth’, a new 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster (on mid-range trim and upwards) and a 10.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system.

“The biggest changes of all concern the powertrain. The updated Corolla’s redesigned lithium-ion battery pack is smaller yet more powerful, and the same goes for the motor unit. The 1.8-litre car… has a total system power of 138bhp, an increase of 14%. This is immediately obvious the first time you apply a generous amount of throttle. This isn’t only down to the power increase – Toyota’s hybrid and CVT tweaks have worked wonders. Toyota’s intention is for the response of the set-up to be more closely aligned with throttle inputs.

The Corolla does a remarkable job of replicating an EV-like driving experience

“At cruising speeds, the engine revs sit around 500rpm lower than before, making the Corolla more relaxing over longer distances. At lower speeds, the Corolla does a remarkable job of replicating an EV-like driving experience… making stop/start traffic a far more relaxing experience. It remains an efficient set-up – we achieved around 57mpg despite driving in an often less than sympathetic way to test the recalibrated powertrain.”

2023 Toyota Corolla reviews:

“This revised Corolla features the fifth-generation version of Toyota’s hybrid system, bringing a big boost in performance to the 1.8-litre model in particular, as well claiming improved refinement and response. The safety and infotainment tech gets an upgrade, too. Fundamentally, this remains a sharp-looking, comfort-orientated family car, with… a petrol-electric hybrid powertrain line-up that… shouldn’t be sniffed at as a stop-gap to going full EV.

“The lithium-ion battery pack has a 14% greater output, a 14% (18kg) lower weight and is more compact. The control electronics are more efficient and quieter. And the electric motors are more powerful. Put this together with a substantial amount of recalibration and the additional torque-fill now available from the gutsier e-motors… [and] the new 1.8-litre Corolla is more of a surprising transition than the overall increase might lead you to suspect.

Over a mixed driving route… the car was reporting it had been in EV mode 72% of the time. Toyota’s hybrid tech has really come of age

“The updated car is immediately more brisk. A lot of work has gone into remapping the accelerator response so it better matches driver intentions, dialling back the revs the CVT requires for a given amount of progress. It is also quieter at speed.

“The car can [also] use the adaptive cruise control gear to automatically vary the amount of deceleration you get when you lift off the throttle. This… simply means it maintains a safe distance from the car in front without you having to intervene with the friction brakes, even when slowing almost to a stop. This is so unexpectedly polished that it turns [the Corolla] into a one-pedal driving experience much of the time – something that’s usually the reserve of pure EVs.”

“Updates to the Toyota Corolla’s hybrid system mean that the latest version of the entry-level 1.8-litre engine has 138bhp at its disposal. [That’s] more than enough performance for everyday driving and getting up to motorway speeds without needing to mash the accelerator into the carpet.

“Fancy a bit of pampering? Well, forget the spa and buy yourself a Corolla instead because… it’s one of the most comfortable cars in the family car class. It has softer suspension than [some other rivals], which means it smooths off the rough edges of road ridges better and fidgets less on patchy sections of motorway.

The Toyota Corolla is a brilliant family car. It’s comfortable, well made, well equipped and remarkably frugal in real-world driving

“When you’re driving normally, you’ll find that the Corolla is a fine handling car. The steering is precise and its weight builds in a progressive manner, starting light for city driving and ending up with a heft that’s reassuring. There’s even a reasonable amount of feedback streaming to your fingertips [and] a decent feeling of composure at faster speeds.”

Learn more: 2023 Toyota Corolla revealed

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Toyota Motor Corporation works to develop and manufacture innovative, safe and high-quality products and services that create happiness by providing mobility for all. We believe that true achievement comes from supporting our customers, partners, employees, and the communities in which we operate. Since our founding over 80 years ago in 1937, we have applied our…

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Toyota Motor Corporation works to develop and manufacture innovative, safe and high-quality products and services that create happiness by providing mobility for all. We believe that true achievement comes from supporting our customers, partners, employees, and the communities in which we operate. Since our founding over 80 years ago in 1937, we have applied our Guiding Principles in pursuit of a safer, greener and more inclusive society. Today, as we transform into a mobility company developing connected, automated, shared and electrified technologies, we also remain true to our Guiding Principles and many of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals to help realize an ever-better world, where everyone is free to move.

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What insurance groups does the Aygo X sit in?

Since its launch in 2005, the Toyota Aygo has been widely regarded as our most accessible car. Affordable to buy and frugal to run, it meets the demands of urban and suburban life with a fun, youthful character. These qualities remain core strengths of the new Aygo X, enhanced further with crossover styling that stands…

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Since its launch in 2005, the Toyota Aygo has been widely regarded as our most accessible car. Affordable to buy and frugal to run, it meets the demands of urban and suburban life with a fun, youthful character. These qualities remain core strengths of the new Aygo X, enhanced further with crossover styling that stands out within the segment. But have such changes affected the model’s affordability in other areas, such as the cost of Aygo X insurance?

Aygo X insurance: What can Toyota offer me?

Toyota Insurance Services has launched a competitive fixed price insurance product for the Aygo X. It arrives at a time when cost of living expenses are rising and there is a growing demand for stability in the price of essential outgoings.

Affordable, fully comprehensive Aygo X insurance from Toyota Insurance Services is fixed for the first year. Providing customers continue to meet the eligibility criteria, the premium is then capped at a maximum of £30 per month or £360 per year for the second and third year of cover. From year four onwards, qualifying customers can continue to be covered by a capped premium, though that cap will increase by up to one percent of the retail price index measured from 2022.

This product has a specific set of eligibility criteria, plus terms and conditions that customers will need to meet in order to qualify for this product. Click here to explore this offer more closely.

Aygo X insurance: official group ratings

Depending on grade and transmission choice, the new Toyota Aygo X has been given an insurance group rating of five, six or seven out of 50. The specific insurance group for each model is itemised below.

MODEL  TRANSMISSION  INSURANCE GROUP 
Aygo X Pure  Manual 
Aygo X Pure  Automatic 
Aygo X Edge  Manual 
Aygo X Edge  Automatic 
Aygo X Exclusive  Manual 
Aygo X Exclusive  Automatic 
Aygo X Limited Edition  Manual 
Aygo X Limited Edition  Automatic 

How do car insurance groups work?

Insurance group ratings were first introduced in the 1970s to help consumers get a basic understanding of the relative cost of an insurance premium for any specific vehicle. These numbers are applied based on repair or replacement costs, the level of passive and active safety equipment, as well as the statistical likelihood of each vehicle being involved in an accident based on its power and performance. Essentially, the higher the number, the more expensive that vehicle is to insure.

Today, the number rating for insurance groups extends from a minimum of one to a maximum of 50. These insurance groups are decided by the Group Rating panel, which is an adjudicating body administered by Thatcham Research. Its members include the likes of the Association of British Insurers and Lloyds Market Association.

What else can affect your insurance premium?

Insurance providers take a wide range of additional factors into account when calculating the cost of your premium. They will ask multiple questions about you, your driving history, occupation, where you live and how you plan to use your car. This information will help them calculate your individual risk and therefore provide a figure for your insurance premium.

Learn more: Aygo X media reviews

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