Praise for our Toyota cars and people in 2019

We’ve been delighted that our new Toyota Corolla self-charging hybrid, launched at the start of 2019, has been given such a positive reception by car buyers and motoring critics alike.

Not only has the Corolla already found homes with thousands of owners across the UK, but the qualities of our Burnaston-built car has been honoured by both Auto Express and Autocar, two of the nation’s most influential automotive publications.

Our new Corolla has been honoured by some of the most influential car magazines

The success for our brand doesn’t end there. Toyota and its award-winning products have come out on top of many independent motoring authorities and customer surveys.

Hence we’ve created this roll of honour – in essence an ‘online awards cabinet’ that we’ll update whenever a new award comes our way.

The most recent award for 2019 is detailed immediately below, while the earlier awards of the year are referenced underneath.

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Award-winning Toyota: our most recent award

Corolla TS keeps good company: The all-hybrid Toyota Corolla Touring Sports was named Best Company Car in the 2020 Carbuyer awards.

The consumer motoring website rated the wagon version of Corolla as the top pick for business thanks to its all-round package of style, usefulness, efficiency and day-to-day affordability. James Batchelor, Carbuyer Editor-at-Large, said: “2019 saw the return of the Corolla badge after a long hiatus.

“The combination of the stylish, practical Touring Sports body style and the efficient hybrid set-up is a winner for business buyers. Low ownership costs made it an easy pick for our Best Company Car 2020 award.”

Award-winning Toyota: other 2019 triumphs

Double glory: Toyota enjoyed double success in the DrivingElectric Awards, presented by the UK’s leading consumer news, reviews and advice website for electrified motoring. The all-new, British-built Corolla Touring Sports was the winner in the Best Medium Hybrid Car Category, while the current, fourth generation Prius was declared the Best Used Hybrid Car.

Carwow praises Toyota: In an awards ceremony held in London in October, the GR Supra won the Driver’s Award, with carwow’s Mat Watson proclaiming: “Great driver’s cars aren’t all about acceleration figures, top speeds and lap times. They’re about how they make you feel, and few are exciting as the Supra. The way it looks, sounds, its performance and rear-driven nature all make you smile.”

Toyota also won carwow’s Manufacturer Award. Watson explained why:  “Toyota is known for building dependable and economical cars. But now they are exciting too. The Toyota C-HR, Corolla and RAV4 look great, are good to drive and sit in and deliver impressive economy. Then there’s the new Supra which is just awesome – and comes with a five-year warranty. In short… the latest Toyotas are cars you can buy with your head as well as your heart.”

Auto Express hails the new British-built Corolla: The Toyota Corolla collected another major honour in July, being named Affordable Hybrid of the Year in the 2019 Auto Express awards ceremony. Auto Express praised the quality of the Corolla’s driving experience, its responsiveness, ride and handling, plus the practicality of the design and packaging for day-to-day use, and how the car delivers on the manufacturer’s goals.

The Yaris WRC was named Rally Car of the Year in the 2019 Autosport Awards. The car was proclaimed as the ‘benchmark of the year’ by the weekly motor sport title. Ott Tänak was declared Rally Driver of the Year for winning the World Rally Championship.

Hybrid perfection for faultless Toyotas in What Car? Reliability Survey: The Yaris Hybrid registered a 100% score in the Which Car? Reliability Survey, helping Toyota place second overall (behind only sister brand Lexus) in the annual list of most reliable car brands. The RAV4 Hybrid was named the most reliable model in the Large SUV category.

Twelve Toyotas given ‘Best Buy’ status in Which? Car Guide: Toyotas new and old were heralded for their reliability in the 2019/20 Which? Car Guide. The current-gen Yaris Hybrid, RAV4 Hybrid, Prius+ and Mirai joined used favourites such as the iQ, Auris and Prius Plug-in all topped Which? magazine’s independent lab tests.

Toyota C-HR and Hilux honoured in the Auto Trader new car awards: Toyota C-HR was named the Best Car for City Drivers, while the Hilux took the title of Best Pick-up. Their success was down to the opinions of the toughest judges – UK motorists themselves.

Business Car magazine proclaimed Lexus and Toyota as the Green Fleet Manufacturer of the Year at its annual awards ceremony in October. The two brands became the first recipients of the new award, which recognises the efforts of car makers to provide more environmentally efficient business fleet products and services.

In November Toyota reinforced its industry-leading environmental credentials with the title of Fleet Car Manufacturer of the Year in the 2019 GREENFLEET awards. GREENFLEET’s judges evaluated models released in the past 12 months, their environmental credentials and their impact on and use within the fleet sector. Activities linked to ultra-low emissions vehicles (ULEV) and green initiatives, such as internal and external awareness-raising campaigns, were also taken into account, together with the way manufacturers actively promoted their vehicles and technologies.

Toyota products and people honoured in the 2019 Autocar Awards: the new Corolla was recognised as a Game Changer for the market and Paul Van der Burgh, Toyota GB president and managing director, was named as an Outstanding Leader.

Prius is Car of the Year in 2019 Driver Power survey: Prius saw off all comers in the Auto Express survey, an honour that was all the more significant for being based on the opinions and real-world experiences of thousands of UK motorists. What’s more, it was an awards hat-trick, with Prius also topping the Compact Family Car category and achieving the best ranking for economy and running costs.

Toyota’s double success in 4×4 Awards: we were named manufacturer of the year and Land Cruiser won the “most improved” honour in the 4×4 Awards, presented by 4×4 Magazine.

Toyota is Green Fleet Manufacturer of the Year: in January, Toyota retained its number one position for the second year running in the Fleet News Awards.

Toyota Hilux wins best pick-up: our legendary Hilux added to its impressive tally of honours by winning the best pick-up title at the Business Van Awards.

Double top for Toyota as new Corolla and RAV4 excel in Euro NCAP: the models both secured a top five-star rating in the motoring industry’s independent safety testing programme.

Award-winning Toyota: not only, but also…

Toyota’s basketball robot: after sinking more than 2,000 hoops in a row, Toyota’s CUE3 robot is now a basketball-playing world record-breaker.

Autocar Great British Women awards glory for Toyota employees: Carla Henson, Jess Portman and Emma Johnson were recognised in this annual Autocar event, which celebrates the contribution of women to the nation’s automotive sector. Robyn Clarke from Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK was also honoured, as was Danielle Chappell from Burrows Motor Company, part of the dealer network.

Toyota retailers are number one for customer service: three UK Toyota retailers were honoured among the best in Europe, receiving Ichiban Awards for excellence in customer service. They were: Helensburgh Toyota, Oakmere Toyota and Harry Feeney Toyota.

Employees vote Toyota GB one of Britain’s best companies to work for: we celebrated our highest ranking in five years of featuring in the Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to work for.

Top honours at the Inspiring Automotive Awards: Paula Cooper, director of our ConsumerOne division, was named the Inspiring Automotive Woman of the Year at the first Inspiring Automotive Awards, hosted at the RAC Club in London. Three other TGB employees were among the 30 award-winners: Rachel Shepherd (General Manager HR and Facilities); Emma Johnson (Manager, ConsumerOne Connection and Experience Innovation) and Marie Barry (Manager, Academy Strategic Projects). There was a further Advocate Award, presented to our President and Managing Director, Paul Van der Burgh, in recognition of his commitment to achieving a better gender balance within the industry.

Carbon Trust hails our environmental work: Toyota GB was recognised in the Carbon Trust Assurance Awards, winning the Best in Large Company Carbon Management category. The annual awards commend organisations that have excelled in their efforts to measure and reduce their environmental impact over the past year. The award is a further boost for our Environmental Challenge 2050, which you can read about here.


  1. Hi, how can I get the climate control adjustments to display on the satnav screen on the new corolla like they do on the Yaris? Thanks

      1. Hi Lee,
        Thanks for your comment.
        For the Corolla, the climate control info is not displayed on the main multimedia screen. There is a dedicated area of the centre console for this.

  2. I’ve just changed from a 2003 Corolla T3 VVTi to a 2019 Corolla 1.2 with a manual transmission, does it have TSS2? Do I have to switch it on?

  3. Are two door versions available. Do need rear doors, only two of us 99% of time. Also can the rear seats be removed. Really useful feature on current car.

  4. Hello. Why we can not order Corolla 1.8 HEV EXC with VIP packet (AHS,…) ? Why it’s permitted only for 2.0 ? What’s wrong with 1.8 ?
    Will be possible to buy VIP packet for 1.8 in the future ?

  5. 2019 Corolla 1.2T (manual gearbox).
    There are two chambers for coolant, the second one being for the Turbo fans. Please could you tell me whether the same coolant liquid is used for both of them? The online manual does not say anything about this. Thank you.

    1. Hi Sam,

      Thanks for getting back in touch. Could you please provide us with the reg? We will then be able to look into this further for you with our technical team.


  6. Can you please advise why if I was to choose to buy a Toyota Corolla I cannot have a wireless phone charger, Blind spot monitors and rear cross traffic alert on any model, Yet Suzuki are now selling a rebadged Corolla called the Swace offer these as standard features?

    Why does Toyota feel I should pay more, have fewer features and drive a car with fewer safety options than a car you build for Suzuki?

    It would appear Toyota care less for my safety than Suzuki do?

    1. Hi Lee,
      Thank you for your comment. We’re sorry that the specification of the Corolla doesn’t suit your ideal needs.
      The Corolla comes with many safety features such as a pre-collision system, automatic high beam, lane trace assist, road sign assist and cruise control.
      You can explore the full range of safety features on our website:
      Once again, we are sorry that you are disappointed with the Corolla’s specification.

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