Toyota Corolla Saloon interior & comfort

The Toyota Corolla Saloon looks smart inside and is pretty well equipped, even in the lowest trim level

Toyota Corolla Saloon

The inside of the Toyota Corolla Saloon is more or less the same as you’ll find in the hatchback and Touring Sports estate versions. 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 old Avensis.

Toyota Corolla Saloon dashboard

The dashboard in the Corolla Saloon features an instrument panel that’s slimmer than what was 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, the higher-spec Excel trim is not available with this body. The entry-level Icon 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 get 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.

Toyota Corolla Saloon

Infotainment, apps & sat nav

The Toyota Touch 2 infotainment system is one of the Corolla Saloon's biggest weaknesses: it’s laborious to use, and we’ve found that it’s prone to freezing completely. At least (as of early 2020) it now comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity as standard.