The new Toyota Corolla Touring Sports arrives in the UK in March – a possible alternative to the Ford Focus estate and Peugeot 308 SW
Prices for Toyota’s long-awaited estate will start from £22,570 for the entry-level Icon version, with the top-of-the-range Excel rising to £30,340.
The new Toyota Corolla Touring Sports is designed to be spacious and comfortable. Its 598-litre boot can carry more than competitors like the Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer, while also improving on its predecessor’s – the Toyota Auris Touring Sports – 507 litres. However, the Toyota Corolla Touring Sports is slightly outdone by the 608-litre Focus and 625-litre Kia Ceed Sportswagon. As standard, Icon models include automatic LED headlights, heated front seats, an 8.0-inch touchscreen entertainment system and a reversing camera for those tricky parallel parks.
The Corolla is a good choice if looking for a practical hybrid estate car
Going from the Icon trim to Icon Tech adds more handy features, including parking sensors and voice-controlled satellite navigation. Jumping to the Design grade introduces rain-sensing wipers and automatic folding door mirrors.
The Icon and Icon Tech can come with a turbocharged 1.2-litre manual or a hybrid 1.8-litre automatic engine, while the Design adds a hybrid 2.0-litre automatic option. The engines range from 116hp to 180hp, but, unlike most similar-sized cars, there is no diesel option.
Despite eliminating the manual 1.2-litre petrol engine, the final Excel grade throws in sports front seats and an optional eight-speaker JBL sound system.
We’ll have a full in-depth review of the Corolla Touring Sports including driving impression as soon as we get to test one.