The endearing qualities of the Corolla Axio has not changed, even as a hybrid model.

Despite its immaturity, I quickly grew accustomed to the steering. The gear shift is also the same gate type as the one used by the gasoline version. The instrument panel has a tachometer, which communicates intuitively via a needle whether the engine is on or off. From 4.2 inch color liquid crystal TFT monitor which alights an arrow towards the engine/ battery/ tire loop-display, as well, one can intuitively ascertain information about energy flow. In conclusion there is not one iota of that unintuitive hybrid car quality. This is car that is “endearing” to anyone.

The drive is perhaps more comfortable than the gasoline-powered version. I test-drove the Hybrid G grade, during which the suspension, the sound insolation, and glass stood out. They were all things that I really felt the instant I started driving. The drive was smooth and profound, well within the range of a “high-class compact sedan.” I am confident users will feel quite pleased with the experience.

The car drives as an EV up to 40 km/h, at which point the engine leisurely enters. The powertrain does its job with dexterous control, and there is no feeling of stress on the vehicle. This is definitely a car I am willing to “Like!”.

5 Star Rating
Packaging: ★★★★★
Interior/ Livability: ★★★★★
Power Source: ★★★★★
Footwork: ★★★★★
Recommendation: ★★★★★

Naoto Shimazaki | Automotive Journalist (Automobile Journalists Association of Japan)

Born in Tokyo in 1958. After graduating university, he worked at an editing and publishing company for nine years. After working as a writer, editor, and photographer for magazines and independent publications, he began working freelance in 1991. Since then he has continued to expand his activities as a writer for magazines and the web. Approaches cars and journalism from the viewpoint of an everyday user.