Toyota Corolla Trek: tall off-road style estate launched

Fancy a hybrid car with a big boot and a high driving position but don't want a big, bulky SUV? The Corolla Trek could be for you

Christofer Lloyd
Jul 31, 2020

Toyota has created a new off-road style estate in the form of the Corolla Trek - a high-riding estate with hybrid power. Don't expect any off-road ability here, however. The Corolla Trek may offer 20mm higher ground clearance and a smattering of plastic trim, which Toyota claims gives it a 'tougher' look, but there's no option of all-wheel drive, any drive modes to boost traction on slippery surfaces or other off-road trickery.

Instead, the Corolla Trek offers the practicality of the standard Corolla Touring Sports estate model, with hybrid petrol-electric power for reasonable low emissions for the size of car and a comfort-oriented drive. This model is the result of a collaboration between Toyota and bike manufacturer Trek, with the Corolla Touring Sports having been a support vehicle for a number of cycling events.

2020 Toyota Corolla Trek engines

The Corolla Trek is available in two petrol-electric hybrid forms; a 1.8-litre economy-centric version and a more performance-oriented 2.0-litre incarnation. Performance and economy figures are yet to be confirmed but expect both to offer a relaxed driving experience thanks to the hybrid format and standard-fit automatic gearboxes.

The entry-level 1.8-litre hybrid model produces 122hp, with the 2.0-litre model increasing that to 184hp. While neither are sporty in feel, expect the 2.0-litre to offer much more effortless acceleration thanks to its substantial increase in power.

2020 Toyota Corolla Trek equipment

The most notable changes for the Toyota Corolla Trek come in the form of 20mm higher suspension for added ground clearance on rough roads plus plastic wheel arch trim and protective underbody trim. None of this helps to give the car additional grip when driving on slippery or rough surfaces, however.

So, if you need a car that cope with challenging terrain rather than just offer a raised driving position, the Corolla Trek is not for you. Check out our roundup of the best small cars for off-roading and the best used 4x4s for off-roading to find a number of more suitable cars.

Additional design features for the Corolla Trek consist of a honeycomb grille, LED headlights, 17-inch machined alloy wheels, tinted rear windows and a kick-activated tailgate; wave your foot underneath the rear bumper and the hatchback should automatically open - handy if your hands are full. Inside the Trek features two-tone fabric textile seats and wood trim on the dashboard.

Other standard equipment includes seven-inch digital dials in the place of a conventional speedometer and rev counter and an eight-inch media system which supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, plus a raft of safety kit.

2020 Toyota Corolla Trek prices

Prices for the entry-level 1.8-litre Corolla Trek start at £29,225, with the 2.0-litre model available from £30,950. Neither model is cheap, therefore, but considering the relatively small price difference between the two, it's the 2.0-litre model - which practically offers 50% more power - that seems to offer the better value, especially as their emissions are pretty similar.

Claimed CO2 emissions for the 1.8-litre model come in at 113g/km with the 2.0-litre model emitting 121g/km. This means that company car uses can expect to pay 25% benefit-in-kind and 27% respectively.

As with all hybrids, expect to get the best fuel economy around town, where the electric motor can provide more assistance to the petrol engine, as it can be regularly recharged when braking. Those who cover more high-speed and motorway driving, however, can expect worse economy from a conventional hybrid, as the car has less chance to recharge the batteries.

 

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