9: Toyota Camry – Trust us, this sensible hybrid saloon is worth the wait

Top 100 cars for 2019: welcome return of a rock-solid comfortable family cruiser

New Toyota Camry: it’s got a 2.5-litre, but it’s a hybrid, so Co2 emissions will be (should be) impressively low

New Toyota Camry: it’s got a 2.5-litre, but it’s a hybrid, so Co2 emissions will be (should be) impressively low

 

Making a somewhat surprising return to Irish shores is the Toyota Camry. Surprising? Well, it’s been a long time gone from here - 14 years in fact - and the last time there was a Camry on sale, it had a very tax-inefficient 2.4-litre petrol engine, so no-one was buying it.

This time, it’s got a 2.5-litre, but it’s a hybrid, so Co2 emissions will be (should be) impressively low. It’s unfashionably big, saloon-shaped, and most definitely and defiantly not an SUV, which is one of the major reasons we like it so much. It’s no sports saloon, but it’s smooth, very comfortable, very refined, and should be decently economical.

It’s not cheap, exactly, at €39,750, but it’ll still be working, perfectly, when the universe is approaching its heat death in around 50-billion years’ time, so there’s that.

Best model: Not sure yet

Price range: €39,750 to €TBA. Finance from €300 per month.

Co2 emissions: TBAg/km

Sum up: Sensible four-doors just rock. Trust us on this.