Toyota Corolla hybrid Radio Review

2020 Toyota Corolla Ascent Sport Hybrid sedan.

A fully electric vehicle can have staggering acceleration but a hybrid is more about fuel economy than powerful performance.

The Corolla hybrid has a combined power of 90kW whereas the non-hybrid has 125kW – but the hybrid is rated at 3.5 l/100

There is little difference in driving the Corolla hybrid although it sounds or doesn’t sound a bit different at slow speeds

The petrol engine does not initially start. It is only on battery for the first short while such as backing out of the driveway.

With initial acceleration there’s an audible whirr of the electric motor.

The hybrid has a Continually variable Transmission which can select any ratio (within limits) that is best for the situation. But when pushed the combined engine and gearbox noise is intrusive.

The hybrid options costs an extra $1,500 but is not available the top of the line ZR.

Im David Brown

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David’s boyhood passion for motor cars did not immediately lead to a professional role in the motor industry. A qualified Civil Engineer he specialised in traffic engineering and transport planning. What followed were various positions including being seconded to a government think-tank for the planning of transport firstly in Sydney and then for the whole of NSW. After working with the NRMA and as a consultant he moved to being an independent writer and commentator on the broader areas of transport and the more specific areas of the cars we drive. His half hour motoring program “Overdrive” has been described as an “informed, humorous and irreverent look at motoring and transport from Australia and overseas”. It is heard on 22 stations across Australia. He does weekly interviews with several ABC radio stations and is also heard on commercial radio in Sydney. David has written for metropolitan and regional newspapers and has presented regular segments on metropolitan and regional television stations. David is also a contributor for AnyAuto