A trio of hybrid Toyota vehicles – the Corolla, Yaris and Aygo – received the 2020 What Car? Awards.
The award ceremony took place in London on January 14, 2020.
The Toyota Corolla built in hatchback and Touring Sports form in the UK, took the “Best Hybrid Car” title from the British automotive journal What Car?
The Corolla got the highest marks for reliability, equipment, running costs, ride comfort, scoring 4 Stars overall.
It beats fuel economy of gasoline (petrol) rivals and some diesels from its 1.8-liter line.
The Corolla is the first Toyota model in Europe that offers a choice of 1.8-liter 122-hp and 2.0-liter 184-hp hybrid powertrains.
Combined CO2 emissions: 89-83 g/km, fuel efficiency: 50.4-57.6 mpg.
The Toyota Yaris Hybrid won the “Best Hybrid Car” award in the category below £20,000. What Car? editors recognized it to be one of the most efficient cars they ever tested.
The Yaris is the European bestseller. The new hybrid version should strengthen the position of the model in Europe, when arrives in the 2nd half of 2020.
Moreover, the Yaris is the first Toyota to apply the TNGA platform (its GA-B variant) in a compact car. It is engineered to be the world’s safest small vehicle.
A new 1.5-liter responsive hybrid system with 40 percent thermal efficiency enables 20 percent better fuel economy and a 15 percent increase in combined power. The automaker optimised it for weight, packaging and efficiency.
Fuel efficiency (Yaris Hatchback): 43.4-56.4 mpg. Combined CO2: 118-87 g/km.
The Toyota Aygo city car is named the “Best Value Car” with the price £10,0000-£12,000. Its 1.0-liter petrol engine is efficient and cheap to run.
Fuel economy: 51.3-56.4 mpg. Combined CO2: 95-93 g/km.
Toyota RAV4 PHEV
A new plug-in hybrid version of the fifth-generation Toyota RAV4 joins the brand’s hybrid lineup. Like the new Yaris, it will go on sale in Europe in the 2nd half of 2020.
The Toyota RAV4 plug-in hybrid becomes the new hybrid flagship. The vehicle features Toyota’s latest hybrid-electric system with higher power and improved driving dynamics.
The technology enables the best-in-class pure electric driving range of more than 38 miles (65km), the output of 306 hp/225 kW and CO2 emissions up to 29 g/km.
0-62 mph (100 km/h) acceleration takes 6.2 seconds.
The currently available starting prices for the new hybrid models are as follows: Aygo £12,840, Yaris Hatchback £16,770, RAV4 Hybrid £32,190, Corolla Hatchback £28,025, Corolla Touring Sports £27,485, Corolla Sedan (saloon) £25,190.
The new Toyota RAV4 Plug-in Hybrid pricing will be announced later.
Source: Toyota UK