Toyota Corolla Saloon Hybrid interior & comfort

The Toyota Corolla Saloon Hybrid looks smart inside and is well-equipped even in the lowest trim

The inside of the Toyota Corolla Saloon Hybrid is more or less the same as you’ll find in the standard hatchback and Touring Sports estate. Although it’s not the most luxurious vehicle in this sector, build quality is still very good with lots of soft-touch materials used throughout. Indeed, it’s a big improvement on the outgoing Avensis.

Toyota Corolla Saloon Hybrid dashboard

The dashboard in the Corolla Saloon Hybrid features an instrument panel that’s slimmer than you’ll find in the Avensis, while the centre console is both higher and wider.

These changes should help you to feel right at home in the driver’s seat, and a seven-inch screen (4.2-inches on Icon cars) behind the steering wheel clearly displays key all the key information you could need on the go. Steering-wheel controls make it easy to operate, too.

Equipment, options and accessories

The Toyota Corolla Saloon Hybrid is available in three trim levels: Icon, Icon Tech and Design. Unlike the hatchback and estate versions, the higher-spec Excel trim is not available with this bodystyle.

The entry-level Icon trim comes with LED headlights, 16-inch alloy wheels, DAB radio, dual-zone air-conditioning, heated front seats, a reversing camera and an eight-inch dashboard screen featuring Toyota’s Touch 2 infotainment system.

You should be able to get by with this version quite happily, although upgrading to Icon Tech – which costs an extra £1,010 – will afford you voice control, parking assistance, parking sensors and, perhaps crucially, sat nav.

The top-spec Design trim – another £1,025 on top of Icon Tech – introduces rain-sensing windscreen wipers, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, rear privacy glass, power-adjustable, heated door mirrors, 17-inch alloy wheels and LED foglights. A opening panoramic roof is optional.

Infotainment, apps & sat nav

The Toyota Touch 2 infotainment system is one of the Corolla Saloon Hybrid’s biggest weaknesses: it’s laborious to use, and we’ve found that it’s prone to freezing completely.

This is made worse by the fact that there’s no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, which you may find to be a big drawback given how common smartphone connectivity is becoming these days.