Whether you’re looking for a new car or even a used one as a convenient daily driver for an affordable price, then the Corolla will feature very high up on most people’s lists. It is, after all, the best-selling model in history. It is modern, economical, highly reliable, easy to maintain, and holds its value well too when the time comes to pass it on. It’s understandable to see the appeal.
It is one of Toyota’s icons but then so is the Prius and although they are vastly different cars, they share some similarities.
The Corolla measures 4,620mm high and the Prius is a tad shorter at 4,540mm but they both offer generous interior room which puts them neck and neck in terms of space. The Corolla, with a 1.6-litre engine, has 121 horsepower and that is exactly the same as the 1.8-litre petrol and electric engine in the Prius. What about the price? There’s a bigger difference; the top spec Corolla costs Dh73,900 while a fully loaded Prius will set you back Dh97,900. Ok, so it costs more but it will save you money in the long run. We did the math and concluded that if the 1.6-litre Corolla was driven an average distance of 200,000km in eight years with an average consumption of approximately 9.0 litres per 100 kilometres, it would require approximately 18,000 litres of petrol. On the other hand, the Prius would only need 10,000 litres for the same distance and that is thanks of course to its impressive consumption figure of 5.0 litres per 100km, which this week I managed to reduce to 4.8 litres. So, with a difference of 8,000 litres and if calculated by a default price of a Dh2 per litre the Prius will save you Dh16,000.
There is no doubt that the Corolla is a firm favourite with customers all over the world but I bet the Prius will eventually overtake it in the popularity stakes thanks to its futuristic aesthetics and technology.
So, if you’re the sort of person that pines for the future right now, then one way to go about that is to buy this hybrid.
The hybrid is considered nothing more than a high-tech transportation appliance which doesn’t do anything other than deliver good fuel efficiency. I would like to counter that opinion by suggesting that it can be fun to drive too when you press it into action. No, it won’t blow you away or pin you back in your seat and saying it is dynamic or sporty would be wide of the mark too, but, when you switch it to Power mode it feels a lot livelier.
Highs: Smooth ride
Lows: Very soft suspension — don’t push it too hard in the corners!
The black and white interior looks great and has a soothing quality about it, while the shape of the dash is unlike any I have ever seen before.
Highs: Futuristic looking cabin and it’s spacious
Lows: Infotainment system not the most intuitive