Toyota Corolla Touring Sports Hybrid interior & comfort

Toyota still isn't the last word in interior style and luxury, but the Corolla Touring Sports is smart-looking, well screwed-together and generously equipped inside

Toyota has long lagged behind the likes of Volkswagen when it comes to making classy interiors, but as in most other areas, the Corolla Touring Sports improves significantly on its predecessor in this regard.

Toyota Corolla Touring Sports Hybrid dashboard

From the driver's seat, those familiar with the old Auris will notice a slimmer instrument panel, as well as a wider and higher centre console. You feel more 'cocooned' in the cockpit of the Corolla compared to its predecessor, and material quality has been improved, too.

All versions get Toyota's eight-inch Touch 2 multimedia infotainment screen in the middle of the dashboard, while there's also a seven-inch screen in front of the driver (4.2 inches in the entry-level Icon model).

Equipment, options & accessories

There are four trim levels available for the Corolla Touring Sports Hybrid. The range starts with Icon and moves up through Icon Tech, Design and Excel. You'll need to go for one of the last two if you want the 2.0-litre hybrid engine, while the 1.8-litre hybrid is offered throughout the range.

On Icon cars, you get LED headlights, 16-inch alloys, Toyota Touch 2 infotainment, DAB radio, a reversing camera, dual-zone air-conditioning, heated front seats and an eight-inch dashboard screen. We think it's worth upgrading to Icon Tech at least, to get voice control, sat nav, a large information screen in front of the driver, parking assistance and parking sensors.

The next step up is Design, which boasts rain-sensing wipers, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, rear privacy glass, 17-inch alloys, power-adjustable heated door mirrors an optional opening panoramic roof and LED front foglights.

The most lavish and most expensive Corolla Touring Sports is the hybrid-only Excel. In addition to everything on the lower trims, it increases wheel size to 18 inches, adds bi-LED headlights, part-leather upholstery and sports seats. An eight-speaker premium stereo and bi-tone paint are available as options.

Infotainment, apps & sat nav

All Corollas get the Toyota Touch 2 multimedia infotainment system as standard, which incorporates sat nav on Icon Tech cars and above. Icon Tech also gets a bigger display screen on the driver's instrument panel. All Corollas come with a reversing camera as standard (particularly useful on the large Touring Sports), along with USB and Bluetooth connectivity, DAB and FM radio receivers, an auxiliary socket and six-speaker stereo.

One thing you don't get is Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, so it's not possible to 'mirror' your smartphone's screen on the Corolla's dashboard.