Despite its slightly smaller fuel tank, Toyota says the car has a theoretical range of 1100km, almost 300km more than the standard model. That puts it in diesel territory.
Throttle response is deliberately dull in eco mode, where revs are kept down and the car runs on electric power wherever possible. If you like quiet, comfortable, fuss-free motoring there aren’t many in the class that can match it.
It will run for less than 2km at up to 40km/h on electric power alone but will also switch off the petrol engine when you’re cruising under light throttle. It also kills the engine when you’re waiting at the lights. Many competitors have this feature but few have such a seamless restart when you hit the throttle.
The hybrid Corolla uses less fuel in the traffic than on the highway.