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      Launch year
      2019
      Body type
      Estate
      Fuel type
      Petrol, Hybrid
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Smart looking, fuel-sipping estate

Best bits

  • Sharp looker
  • Quiet, comfy and well built
  • Head-scratching fuel economy

Not so great

  • Limited engine range
  • Automatic gearbox dulls acceleration
  • It’s not as spacious in the back as some rivals

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Toyota Corolla Touring Sports Front Side View

Overall verdict

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On the inside

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Driving

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How much does it cost to run

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Prices, versions and specification

Overall verdict

"There’s a lot to like about the Corolla Touring Sports. It can be a very relaxing car to drive, has an excellent specification and should be cheap to run too. It’s not a thrilling drive and it could offer more space in the boot, but it’s competent, likeable and likely to be reliable too."

Toyota Corolla Touring Sports Front Side View

The Toyota Corolla Touring Sports was introduced to Europe in 2019 along with the Toyota Corolla hatchback it’s based upon. It's got what no other Toyota this size had in a long time – desirability. It's a striking design with a mixture of curves and edges that's really rather appealing.


That carries through to inside. It's neat and minimalist, with a pin sharp construction. There’s very little to see once you’re passed the touchscreen and instrument display: no rows of buttons or switches, and the centre console and dashboard are separate elements, giving you a greater feeling of space. 


The whole lot feels rock solid, too, but it isn’t as high tech and it doesn’t look or feel as posh as the interior you get in the Volkswagen Golf.


That’s also true of the infotainment screen. Its fuzzy graphics are, pardon the pun, a graphic contrast to the crystal clear displays you get in the Volkswagen. 


You can rest easy in the knowledge that the Toyota Corolla’s infotainment is actually pretty easy to use and, more importantly, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are fitted as standard to 2020 cars onwards.


These clever little apps can mirror your phone’s display so you can use things like Spotify and Google Maps via the car’s big screen, using the menus on your phone that, let's face it, you already know like the back of your hand. 


What’s not so great is interior space. Fine, there’s plenty of room up front, but the back seat will be a little cramped for taller adults and the boot isn't the biggest – a Skoda Octavia Estate is better on both fronts. 


Toyota was an early champion of hybrid power, and the Corolla Touring Sports embraces that fully. When launched, it was available with a choice of just three engines, one petrol – which was soon dropped from the lineup – and two petrol-electric hybrids.


The entry-level 1.8-litre hybrid has a modest 122PS and offers reasonable performance with exceptional in-town fuel economy, but if you plan on carrying significant loads then the more powerful 184PS 2.0-litre hybrid is the way to go. It’s still cheap-to-run, but the additional performance gives noticeably more get-up-and-go. 


The rest of the driving experience is not atypical for a mainstream Toyota. It is biased towards driver and passenger comfort rather than providing a thrilling drive. That said, its comfortable setup, allied to its quiet hybrid engines makes this one of the most relaxing family cars on the market. 


Okay, so it’s not going to leave you grinning like a patient on laughing gas, but it’s direct steering and well-contained body lean means it’s a car you can hustle about with complete confidence. Only the noisy and unresponsive CVT automatic gearbox – fitted as standard to hybrid models – spoils the fun. Still, it’s the closest Toyota’s got to matching the fun-to-drive Ford Focus. 


And it’s this all-round ability that makes the Toyota Corolla Touring Sports such a strong choice. It’s nice to drive but comfortable, stylish to look at but also practical. Throw in Toyota’s legendary build quality and the outstanding fuel economy of it’s hybrid engines and you have an extremely strong contender if you’re looking for a new family estate car.

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Toyota Corolla

1.8 VVT-i Hybrid Excel 5dr CVT

  • 2020
  • 1,287 miles

Manufacturer Approved

  • Listers Toyota Boston
  • Lincolnshire, PE216PA
Price:£26,985
PCP: £394.46/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £394.46, Customer Deposit: £4,047.00, Total Deposit: £4,047.75, Optional Final Payment: £12,737.00, Total Charge For Credit: £3,605.85, Total Amount Payable: £30,590.85, Representative APR: 6.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 6.67%, Excess Mileage Charge: 4ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Toyota Corolla

1.8 VVT-i Hybrid Design 5dr CVT

  • 2019
  • 10,485 miles

Manufacturer Approved

  • Steven Eagell Toyota Northampton
  • Northampton, NN39HX
Price:£18,500
PCP: £469.83/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 36 Monthly Payments: £469.83, Customer Deposit: £2,775.00, Total Deposit: £2,775.00, Optional Final Payment: £469.83, Total Charge For Credit: £1,188.88, Total Amount Payable: £19,688.88, Representative APR: 4.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 2.52%, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Is the Corolla Touring Sports right for you?

There are plenty of compact estate cars you can choose from, but the Corolla Touring Sports offers a different proposition to many of its rivals. It’s big enough inside that it can be a good family car, although the rear seat space doesn’t accommodate taller adults all that well and the boot isn’t the biggest. But it is a comfortable car to travel in, which is always going to be good news if you are a parent. 


Similarly, if you’re not too concerned with how quickly your car can go around a corner, the Corolla Touring Sports is a sensible and solid choice. And don’t even get us started on those brilliant, fuel-sipping hybrid engines.

What’s the best model/engine to choose?

Of the two engine options, the 1.8-litre 122PS has everything you need, it’s plenty quick enough and returns in-town fuel economy that’ll take your breath away. That said, the 184PS 2.0-litre is a lot quicker and still very cheap to run.


As for trim levels, the standard specification is actually very strong. Basic Icon trim includes alloy wheels, adaptive cruise control, LED headlights, climate control, heated front seats, a touchscreen infotainment system with DAB, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a reversing camera and a digital instrument display.

What other cars are similar to the Corolla Touring Sports?

The cars to beat are Volkswagen’s consummate all-rounder, the Volkswagen Golf Estate, the sharp to drive Ford Focus Estate and the incredibly spacious Skoda Octavia Estate, but there are also strong contenders in the shape of the latest SEAT Leon Estate, Peugeot 308 SW, Renault Megane Sports Tourer and Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer. In comparison, the Corolla Touring Sports is not the best in the class but does offer a range of attributes unlike much of the competition.

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Toyota Corolla Touring Sports Front Interior

On the inside

Toyota Corolla Touring Sports Rear Side View

Driving

Toyota Corolla Touring Sports Right Side View

How much does it cost to run

Toyota Corolla Touring Sports Rear Side View

Prices, versions and specification