Toyota Corolla Hybrid interior & comfort

Interior quality, comfort and design have been improved greatly over the old Auris, but the Toyota Corolla Hybrid is still functional above all else inside

The Corolla boasts cleanly designed and well put-together interior, although unsurprisingly for a Toyota, it's not the last word in luxurious sophistication inside.

Toyota Corolla Hybrid dashboard

An instrument panel 24mm slimmer than that of the Auris, combined with a wider and higher centre console, gives the driver a 'cocooned' feel in the Corolla. There's a seven-inch screen built into the driver's instruments (4.2 inches on the entry-level car), as well as a large, eight-inch touchscreen mounted prominently in the centre of the dashboard, giving access to the Toyota Touch 2 multimedia infotainment system.

Equipment, options & accessories

The Corolla Hybrid is available in four trim levels in the UK: Icon, Icon Tech, Design and Excel. However, the Icon and Icon Tech are only available with the 1.8-litre hybrid drivetrain (as well as a non-hybrid 1.2-litre petrol). Design is available with both of those engines as well as the more powerful 2.0-litre hybrid, while the range-topping Excel is hybrid-only, available with either the 1.8- or 2.0-litre setups.

Standard features on the entry-level Icon include 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic LED headlights, heated front seats, the Toyota Touch 2 touchscreen multimedia infotainment system with an eight-inch dashboard screen and a 4.2-inch screen in front of the driver. A reversing camera, DAB digital radio and dual-zone air-conditioning are included, too.

The Icon Tech adds sat nav and voice control, and increases the driver's screen size to seven inches, as well as adding parking sensors and a parking assistance system. We think these useful extras are worth paying more for.

Design makes the Corolla more stylish with the addition of 17-inch alloy wheels, along with rain-sensing wipers, power-adjustable heated door mirrors, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, rear privacy glass, LED front foglights and an optional opening panoramic roof.

The Excel is the best-equipped Corolla in the range, offering 18-inch alloys, bi-LED headlights, smart entry, sports seats, part-leather upholstery, an optional eight-speaker premium stereo and optional bi-tone paint finish.

Infotainment, apps & sat nav

Toyota's Touch 2 touchscreen multimedia infotainment system is standard across the Corolla range, however the entry-level Icon does without the sat-nav function, so it's definitely worth upgrading to Icon Tech for that, as well as the larger driver's screen behind the steering wheel.

A reversing camera is also standard on all models, along with six-speaker stereo, DAB and FM radio receivers, an auxiliary socket, a USB port and Bluetooth connectivity. However, in common with the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, the Corolla doesn't yet offer Android Auto or Apple CarPlay connectivity; this will be seen as a serious omission by many buyers.