Toyota Camry Hybrid practicality & boot space
The Toyota Camry Hybrid offers plenty of space and comfort for occupants, but ultimate practicality is compromised by its four-door saloon layout
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The Toyota Camry is a car you buy more for its standard kit, low running costs and comfort than for outright load-carrying ability. It's a four-door saloon, so pretty much any large estate or hatchback has it beaten for outright practicality, but it's spacious inside nonetheless.
Toyota Camry Hybrid interior space, storage & comfort
Space for occupants front and back is generous, and those in the back get a central armrest with two cup holders, although oddly you have to upgrade to top-spec Excel to get front cupholders. Leather upholstery is standard on both trim levels, and wherever you're sitting the Camry is a nicely smooth, quiet and comforting way to travel.
The Camry's 524-litre is only slightly smaller than that of a petrol or diesel-engined Volkswagen Passat, but significantly larger than the 383 litres you get in the saloon version of the Ford Mondeo Hybrid.
The Mondeo has the advantage of also being offered in estate form (like the upcoming plug-in version of the Passat), whereas the Camry's ultimate practicality is limited by its saloon bodystyle. At least 60:40 split-folding rear seats are standard, so you can carry long, relatively flat items when necessary.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe Toyota Camry Hybrid is a decent large saloon, but more efficient and interesting options are available for similar money
- 2MPG & CO2 emissionsThe Toyota Camry Hybrid’s emissions and economy are on par with other hybrids, but no match for plug-in rivals
- 3Running costsThe Toyota Camry Hybrid has a high-ish insurance rating, but excellent five-year warranty keeps unexpected bills at bay
- 4Engines, drive & performanceDespite a powerful petrol engine, the Toyota Camry Hybrid isn't all that quick – but it is at least smooth and comfortable
- 5Interior & comfortThe Toyota Camry Hybrid's interior is comfortable and well built, but not exactly lavish, while the infotainment system disappoints
- 6Practicality & boot space - currently readingThe Toyota Camry Hybrid offers plenty of space and comfort for occupants, but ultimate practicality is compromised by its four-door saloon layout
- 7Reliability & safetyToyota is a byword for reliability, but the Camry Hybrid has yet to go through independent crash-testing