Toyota Corolla vs Volkswagen Golf vs Peugeot 308
Automotive manufacturing within the UK is dealing with an unsure future, however there’s nonetheless some excellent news round, and Toyota’s model new Corolla household hatch is one such success story. The mannequin is constructed on the Japanese agency’s plant in Burnaston, Derbyshire.
It replaces the Auris within the maker’s line-up, one other product that was produced right here within the UK, however Toyota has opted to return to the title that has bought extra automobiles than another.
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Regardless of utilizing an older nameplate, it’s an all-new automobile that includes fashionable hybrid engine expertise. The Corolla is on the market as a hatchback, property and saloon, and it’s the previous we’re testing right here, as a result of it is going to be the most well-liked with British consumers. But its success will depend upon how nicely it matches as much as its key rivals.
The Volkswagen Golf and Peugeot 308 we’ve lined up listed below are robust contenders within the hatchback class, providing households loads of house and luxury in an environment friendly package deal for not a lot cash. Topping the category, the VW is the automobile to beat right here, as a result of it affords the very best mixture of skills. However the Peugeot’s attraction runs deep, too, with spectacular versatility, gasoline economic system and tech to rival the Golf.
Nonetheless, can this sharp new Corolla match its opponents by way of practicality, consolation, effectivity and gear?
Toyota Corolla 1.Eight Petrol Hybrid Excel
|Engine:||1.Eight 4cyl petrol/electrical motor, 120bhp|
|Check economic system:||44.3mpg/9.7mpl|
|Annual highway tax:||£130|
Toyota’s dedication to hybrid energy continues with its latest mannequin, the Corolla. We’re testing the £27,345 1.8-litre hybrid model in Excel trim, however is it a match for typical rivals?
Design & engineering
The brand new Corolla’s placing design may remind you of the C-HR and even the most recent Prius. All of those fashions sit on the Toyota New World Structure (TNGA) platform, which is designed to combine electrification at its core. This set-up additionally has a give attention to physique rigidity and lightness. It makes use of MacPherson struts on the entrance and a multi-link rear axle, so the suspension is extra refined than the 308’s, and matches the Volkswagen’s.
The powertrain is one other level of distinction. There’s a 1.8-litre petrol engine linked to an electrical motor for a complete output of 120bhp, which is shipped to the entrance wheels by means of a CVT computerized gearbox. Not like the Golf’s dual-clutch field and 308’s torque converter, this repeatedly variable transmission doesn’t have gears, and as a substitute consistently adjusts engine revs to maximise energy or effectivity, relying on what you ask of it with the throttle.
Toyota calls the Corolla a ‘self-charging’ hybrid, which merely means it could actually’t be plugged in.
The inside doesn’t have the visible aptitude of the Peugeot’s, and there are extra cheap-looking, cheap-feeling plastics (for instance, the cup-holders) than within the Golf. But construct high quality is spectacular and the structure appears to be like extra fashionable than in different Toyotas.
Whereas it’s pricier than its rivals right here, the Corolla does have extra gear as commonplace. Excel will get 18-inch alloys, together with parking sensors and a reversing digicam, adaptive cruise management, heated leather-based seats, sat-nav and a digital dial show.
You discover the distinction within the powertrain in contrast with its rivals’ models from behind the wheel, however there are positives and negatives to this set-up. At low pace it runs quietly in EV mode, though it’s not lengthy earlier than the small battery must be topped up by the petrol engine, which chimes out and in easily. It means the Corolla is nice in site visitors, the place the shortage of engine noise and the electrical motor’s help make progress calm and relaxed.
That continues as you allow congestion behind, as a result of the 1.8-litre engine is nicely insulated from the cabin and refinement is excellent. For those who demand a burst of acceleration the CVT gearbox brings revs up in a barely disagreeable manner, very similar to each different gearbox of this sort. But that is among the many greatest CVTs we’ve tried, holding revs as little as doable with a view to maximise refinement and economic system. It’s apparent Toyota has labored onerous at attempting to enhance the connection between automobile and driver, as a result of there’s much less of the surging really feel often related to CVTs.
The hybrid powertrain supplies sufficient punch initially, however efficiency ebbs away thereafter because the torpid 1.8-litre engine takes over acceleration duties. In our exams it posted a 0-60mph dash time of 11.Four seconds, 2.6 seconds slower than the Golf and 1.6 seconds behind the 308. This isn’t the largest concern in the event you drive to maintain economic system excessive, however the Corolla isn’t a lot of a driver’s automobile because of this.
That’s an actual disgrace as a result of the Toyota’s chassis is spectacular. It’s very snug, absorbing bumps with composure and taking onerous highway surfaces in its stride, whereas additionally holding physique roll to a minimal. Ignoring the powertrain, the Corolla is nearly nearly as good to drive because the Golf, though its steering feels extra disconnected than the Volkswagen’s.
The Toyota’s hybrid powertrain necessitates a battery, which eats into inside house. The boot is 361 litres with the rear seats in place; that’s smaller than the Golf’s 380 litres and the 308’s massive 470-litre load bay. It’s solely 19 litres down on the VW’s, so there’s sufficient room for household life, however you may need to get inventive with slotting in suitcases in the event you’re heading on vacation.
The rear doorways are fairly small and ponderous, so it’s not as straightforward to get out and in of the Toyota as its rivals. Nonetheless, when you’re inside, leg and headroom are good, and even with the entrance seats set again, adults will nonetheless really feel snug, as a result of the seatbacks are gentle sufficient to relaxation your knees on.
It does fall behind for general house and it’s darker within the again as nicely, because of the small, tapered rear home windows. You do get a cup-holder within the doorways, which is helpful, however in any other case storage is just common.
Despite the fact that it prices greater than its opponents on check, the Corolla affords probably the most security equipment. Whereas a reversing digicam is £340 within the Golf, it’s commonplace within the Toyota, and equally, autonomous braking is included right here, however prices £400 on the 308. You additionally get seven airbags, lane-keep help, site visitors signal recognition and adaptive cruise management fitted as commonplace.
Toyota’s five-year, 100,000-mile guarantee is nice, too, however the model’s 12th place out of 26 marques within the producers’ chart of our Driver Energy 2018 proprietor satisfaction survey was solely common.
The hybrid Corolla returned a gasoline economic system determine of 44.3mpg on our check, which was forward of the Golf’s 41.9mpg and the Peugeot’s 38.5mpg returns.
Low CO2 emissions of 83g/km put the Toyota within the 19 per cent Profit-in-Sort tax bracket for firm automobile customers, so lower-rate earners will solely pay £1,033 a 12 months to run one. That’s lower than the £1,174 and £1,243 it should value for the Volkswagen and 308 respectively.
Testers’ notes: “You’ll need to adapt your driving style to get the most from the Corolla’s powertrain, but once you do and use the battery and electric motor, you’ll maximise economy, which should cut costs.”
Volkswagen Golf 1.5 TSI 130 DSG GT 5dr
|Engine:||1.5-litre 4cyl petrol, 128bhp|
|Check economic system:||41.9mpg/9.2mpl|
|Annual highway tax:||£140|
The Volkswagen Golf is our favorite household hatch and due to this fact the mannequin to beat right here. The 128bhp 1.5-litre petrol TSI model in GT trim is the best spec out there with this comparable engine to the Toyota for energy, though it’s not a hybrid.
Design & engineering
This Golf makes use of petrol energy alone. The 1.5-litre TSI turbo delivers 128bhp and 200Nm of torque to the entrance wheels by means of a seven-speed dual-clutch auto field. Some GT fashions even have lowered suspension over the usual automobile, however our 128bhp model options the traditional set-up.
It sits on the MQB platform, which underpins many alternative VW Group fashions, so there’s strut suspension on the entrance, and whereas some variations use a torsion beam, this automobile contains a multi-link set-up on the rear to match the Corolla.
The Golf’s inside is easy and practical, however it’s additionally nicely constructed and makes use of soft-touch supplies that make it probably the most upmarket mannequin of the trio. Including to the fashionable picture is the superb infotainment system. The eight-inch set-up is probably the most modern-looking right here and it’s commonplace on the GT (though the automobile in our photos is an SE Nav). It contains smartphone connectivity which, sadly, is just not but provided on the Corolla.
You can even add a 12.3-inch TFT Lively Information Show digital dashboard for £495. That is bigger than the Toyota’s seven-inch set-up and replaces the standard analogue dials behind the wheel.
As well as, GT spec contains upgraded upholstery, ambient lighting, selectable driving modes and adaptive cruise management. Nonetheless, some options which can be commonplace on the Corolla, similar to a reversing digicam and LED headlights, are optionally available (at £340 and £995 respectively). Even so, add these extras and the Volkswagen nonetheless works out cheaper.
The Golf will get every facet of the driving expertise good, which is why it’s one among our favorite automobiles.
For a begin, it’s quiet and calm inside even at excessive pace, and the suspension soaks up lumps and bumps within the highway floor adequately sufficient. Solely often does it bounce abruptly. No less than physique management is nice, which makes it pleasing on a twisty nation highway as nicely, because it stays tied down even over tough tarmac.
Steering is direct, whereas there’s additionally loads of grip. The Golf isn’t the best driver’s automobile on this class – primarily due to its numb steering – however it’s the greatest right here.
The engine is quiet, clean and punchy, due to its 200Nm of torque from as little as 1,400rpm. It took 8.7 seconds to go from 30-70mph by means of the gears, due partially to its dual-clutch gearbox. The Corolla was fairly a bit slower, finishing the identical check in 11.7 seconds, whereas the eight-speed Peugeot managed the 30-70mph check by means of the gears in 9.Eight seconds, splitting its two opponents.
VW’s hatch was faster than each of its rivals in gear as nicely, as a result of it went from 30-50mph in simply 3.Eight seconds. The Corolla took 4.Four seconds utilizing full throttle (it doesn’t have gears to straight examine right here), whereas the 308 posted a time of 4.Three seconds.
The DSG transmission shifts easily, though it does typically wrestle to decide on the proper gear in site visitors and stop-start conditions on the town.
The gearbox does imply that, in contrast to the Corolla, you don’t must work the engine onerous so as to add pace, for the reason that torque is produced low within the rev vary, so the field doesn’t must shift down.
This is without doubt one of the VW’s robust factors, as a result of the Golf is roomy inside and there’s a lot of head and legroom within the rear. The doorways open huge, and huge door bins, an enormous glovebox and a deep cubby between the entrance seats imply in-car storage is nice, too. There’s additionally a spot to place your telephone forward of the gearshifter, though entry to the USB port is difficult.
Whereas the Golf’s 380-litre boot isn’t as spacious because the 470 litres you’ll discover within the Peugeot, it’s nonetheless sufficiently big for the overwhelming majority of household makes use of with the rear seats in place, and it’s nonetheless a bit bigger than the Toyota’s baggage space. There’s a variable-height ground, which suggests you possibly can swap between having just a little further boot house or a smaller loading lip.
EURO NCAP awarded the Golf 5 stars and the mannequin has further security tech now in contrast with when it was first examined. All automobiles get seven airbags and autonomous braking with pedestrian detection. GT fashions function adaptive cruise management and parking sensors, however a reversing digicam is £340 and lane-keep help and blind spot warning are a part of choice packs (the lowest-priced pack to convey the previous is £55, the latter £1,120).
Volkswagen scored extremely in our Driver Energy 2018 ballot, ending fifth general within the producer part. That was forward of Toyota and Peugeot, which had been 12th and 17th respectively out of 26 manufacturers.
The Golf’s 41.9mpg return on check was in between the Toyota and the Peugeot, and it’ll handle 461 miles on a single tank.
Estimated residuals are okay, at 41.7 per cent after three years, however the Toyota’s 44.1 per cent determine is just a little greater. Each beat the Peugeot’s 39.9 per cent. Our consultants predict that the Golf can be price £10,734 after 36 months, a lack of £15,006. It ought to be price greater than the 308, at £10,003 (dropping £15,067), however the Corolla trumps each rivals as a result of it is going to be price £12,059. Nonetheless, the expensive Toyota truly loses probably the most money, at £15,286.
Testers’ notes: “There are plenty of engines and trim levels to pick from in the Golf’s wide range. We’d also consider a downsized 1.0-litre model, or even a 2.0-litre diesel, depending on how you plan to use the car.”
Peugeot 308 PureTech 130 EAT8 GT Line
|Engine:||1.2-litre 3cyl petrol, 129bhp|
|Check economic system:||38.5mpg/8.5mpl|
|Annual highway tax:||£140|
The Peugeot 308’s sharp styling means it competes with the Corolla for the eye of consumers. This 1.2-litre petrol auto in GT Line trim prices £25,070, so it’s the most cost effective automobile right here, however you’ll want so as to add optionally available extras to match the Toyota’s equipment checklist.
Design & engineering
Peugeot’s 308 is predicated on the versatile EMP2 platform, which additionally underpins the 3008 and 5008 SUVs, and even the bigger 508 saloon. On the entrance it makes use of pseudo-MacPherson struts, whereas on the again there’s a de-formable crossmember (torsion beam). It’s a much less refined set-up than in both rival right here, as a result of they’ve multi-link set-ups.
The 308 additionally contains a three-cylinder engine, however don’t suppose that having one much less cylinder than the VW and Toyota places it at an obstacle; the 1.2-litre unit is probably the most highly effective on check, producing 129bhp and 230Nm of torque. There’s additionally a standard torque- converter computerized gearbox, with eight ratios.
Peugeot calls its inside design ‘i-Cockpit’, and meaning there’s a divisive driving place and tiny steering wheel, with the dials positioned simply above as a substitute of behind it. The structure works for some drivers, however not others. Materials high quality is just a little manner behind the Golf’s, and about on par with the Toyota on the necessary contact factors.
The principle advantage of i-Cockpit is that each one fashions get a 9.7-inch touchscreen show proper in the midst of the dashboard, as a result of it’s the one strategy to management issues such because the air-conditioning and radio. It comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and also you even get satellite tv for pc navigation included.
Twin-zone local weather management can be commonplace, and in the event you go for the GT Line mannequin we’re testing right here (though our photos present a Tech Version), it additionally brings 18-inch alloy wheels, reside site visitors updates, LED headlights, leather-effect seats, parking sensors and a reversing digicam.
The Peugeot’s engine supplies punchy efficiency, and because of its three-cylinder structure, it has an entertaining exhaust notice as nicely. On the observe the motor helped it to dash from 0-60mph in 9.Eight seconds, which was 1.6 seconds sooner than the Corolla and one second behind the Volkswagen.
Our in-gear exams confirmed that it performs nicely within the greater gears, due to its further ratio. The 308 took 7.Four seconds to go from 50-70mph in fifth, 0.Three seconds sooner than the Golf. Whereas the Corolla can’t be in contrast straight as a result of its CVT field, at full throttle it coated 50-70mph in 7.2 seconds.
A kerbweight of 1,204kg makes the 308 the lightest mannequin right here, which partly explains its robust efficiency, however this lightness has advantages to journey and dealing with as nicely. The Peugeot rides easily for probably the most half, however its chassis is extra shaken by harsh bumps, particularly mid-corner. The Corolla and Golf each have extra composure right here.
However the French hatchback’s fast steering and small steering wheel imply it turns in sharply, and there’s sufficient grip to assist that. The steering has a extra satisfying weight than the Golf and Corolla’s set-ups, however it’s equally devoid of suggestions, whereas the opposite fashions’ composure over tough roads means they finally encourage extra confidence on a rustic route than the Peugeot. It’s shut, although; all three automobiles rating extremely for journey and dealing with.
Fold the rear seats down and the 308 has extra space than each rivals, with 1,309 litres out there. However the distinction in actuality isn’t huge, and all three fashions could have sufficient room for a typical journey to Ikea, for instance.
Most homeowners will use the boot with all of the seats in place, and the 308 has the sting right here as nicely, as a result of its boot quantity is 470 litres, nicely forward of its rivals’ capacities; it’s right here the place the spacious Peugeot shines.
There’s not a lot trade-off within the again seats, both, since you get a great quantity of head and legroom within the rear. Nonetheless, the Golf has a bit extra space and has extra accommodating seats as nicely. The Corolla’s rear-seat house is about on par with the 308’s, however the French mannequin is just a little simpler to get out and in of as a result of the doorways open huge.
In our Driver Energy 2018 satisfaction survey Peugeot completed 17th in each the producer and vendor classes, which is towards the underside of the desk and a disappointing end result for the model.
Toyota ranked 12th and third respectively in our annual ballot, whereas Volkswagen got here in fifth general out of 26 within the makers’ chart, however its garages trailed in 18th place out of 28 marques.
The 308 additionally drops behind its rivals for security equipment, as a result of autonomous emergency braking is £400 as a part of the Drive Help pack, which additionally provides adaptive cruise management (each are commonplace on the opposite automobiles). You must pay for lane-keep help as nicely; that is included with the Corolla, however the Golf additionally misses out on this expertise as commonplace.
The Peugeot 308 managed a poor 38.5mpg on our check, which locations it nicely behind the Toyota and VW for economic system. At present gasoline costs, that works out at an annual petrol value of £1,700 within the 308, whereas the Golf will set you again £1,562 and also you’ll spend £1,478 a 12 months on the pumps with the Corolla.
Our instance insurance coverage quotes demonstrated that the Golf would be the least expensive automobile to insure right here. Our numbers present an annual premium of £416 for the 308, £510 for the Toyota and simply £397 for the VW.
Testers’ notes: “The Peugeot’s EAT8 automatic gearbox is smooth, but it’s not as fast as the Golf’s dual-clutch unit. It does keep revs lower than the CVT in the Toyota, because it can use the engine’s low-down torque.”
First place: Volkswagen Golf
The Golf is a stand-out winner within the household hatchback class as a result of it’s such a positive all-rounder. It’s snug, good to drive, sensible and economical – all key areas for many consumers on the lookout for any such automobile. However its strengths go even additional than that, as a result of it’s additionally nice worth, has an outstanding infotainment system, is quiet, refined and roomy within the rear. It’s little surprise why the VW is one among Britain’s best-selling automobiles.
Second place: Toyota Corolla
For journey and dealing with, the Corolla is near the very best in school. The chassis is enjoyable however snug, and whereas eager drivers will discover the powertrain irritating, it’s one more enchancment with higher refinement than earlier than. If leisure is a precedence and also you need to maximise economic system, the Toyota is a best choice, and whereas Excel trim is expensive, low working prices imply it’s a greater choose for a lot of consumers, regardless of poor infotainment tech.
Third place: Peugeot 308
The 308 drops behind its rivals due to its barely lumpy journey and poorer economic system. It’s nicely outfitted and has the largest boot right here, however it’s not an order of magnitude extra sensible than the others, plus different foibles similar to high quality, the driving place and infotainment hobble it. There are positives, although, together with its entertaining, punchy engine, clean gearbox and first rate refinement.
Mannequin: Mazda Three GT Sport Auto
Due: Mid 2019 Worth: £25,895
Engine: 2.0-litre 4cyl, 120bhp
Mazda’s new Three will provide intelligent tech referred to as SkyActiv-X that guarantees diesel-like working prices from a petroleum engine. For now, solely a mild-hybrid petrol is on the market, though our early impressions had been constructive.
|Volkswagen Golf 1.5 TSI 130 DSG GT 5dr||Toyota Corolla 1.Eight Petrol Hybrid Auto Excel||Peugeot 308 PureTech 130 EAT8 GT Line|
|On the highway value/complete as examined||£25,740/£26,895||£27,345/£28,360||£25,070/£25,070|
|Residual worth (after 3yrs/36,000)||£10,734/41.7%||£12,059/44.1%||£10,003/39.9%|
|Annual tax legal responsibility std/greater price||£1,174/£2,348||£1,033/£2,067||£1,243/£2,485|
|Annual gasoline value (12okay/20okay miles)||£1,562/£2,604||£1,478/£2,463||£1,700/£2,834|
|Ins. group/quote/highway tax value||16/£397/£140||TBC/£510/£130||N/A/£416/£140|
|Value of 1st/2nd/third service||£297 (2yrs)||TBC||£199/£249/£179|
|Engine||4cyl in-line/1,498cc||4cyl & e-motor/1,798cc||3cyl in-line/1,199cc|
|Peak energy/revs||128/5,000 bhp/rpm||120bhp/5,200rpm**||129/5,500 bhp/rpm|
|Peak torque/revs||200/1,400 Nm/rpm||142Nm/3,600rpm^^||230/1,750 Nm/rpm|
|Transmission||7-spd auto/fwd||CVT auto/fwd||8-spd auto/fwd|
|Gasoline tank capability/spare wheel||50 litres/house saver||43 litres/restore equipment||53 litres/house saver|
|Boot capability (seats up/down)||380/1,270 litres||361 litres/N/A||470/1,309 litres|
|Turning circle||10.9 metres||10.6 metres||10.Four metres|
|Primary guarantee (miles)/restoration||3yrs (60,000)/1yr||5yrs (100,000)/1yr||3yrs (limitless)/1yr|
|Driver Energy producer/vendor pos.||fifth/18th||12th/third||17th/17th|
|NCAP: Grownup/baby/ped./help/stars||94/89/65/71/5 (2012)||TBC||92/79/64/81/5 (2013)|
|0-60/30-70mph||8.8/8.7 secs||11.4/11.7 secs||9.8/9.Eight secs|
|30-50mph in third/4th||3.8/4.9 secs||4.Four secs (kickdown)||4.3/5.Four secs|
|50-70mph in fifth/sixth/seventh/eighth||7.7/10.1/13.6s/N/A||7.2 secs (kickdown)||7.4/8.9/13.0s/N/A|
|High pace/rpm at 70mph||130mph/2,400rpm||112mph/N/A||127mph/2,000rpm|
|Auto Categorical econ. (mpg/mpl)/vary||41.9/9.2/461 miles||44.3/9.7/419 miles||38.5/8.5/449 miles|
|WLTP gasoline consumption (med)||44.8-46.3mpg||55.3-62.7mpg||41.6-48.5mpg|
|WLTP gasoline consumption (med)||9.9-10.2mpl||12.2-13.8mpl||9.2-10.7mpl|
|Precise/claimed CO2/tax bracket||156/113g/km/23%||147/83g/km/19%||239/124g/km/25%|
|Auto field/lane preserve/blind spot/AEB||Y/£550*/£1,120*/y||Sure/sure/no/sure||Y/£500*/£400*/£400*|
|Clim ctrl/cruise/leather-based/heated seats||£425/advert./£1,900/£400^||Y/adaptive/y/y||Y/y/£1,200*/£1,200*|
|Metallic/LEDs/keyless go/pwr tailgate||£580/£995/£375/n||£1,015/sure/sure/no||£545/sure/£350/no|
|Nav/digi sprint/DAB/related apps||Sure/£495/sure/sure||Sure/sure/sure/sure||Sure/no/sure/sure|
|Wi-fi cost/CarPlay/Android Auto||No/sure/sure||No/no/no||No/sure/sure|