Toyota Corolla Touring Sports engines, drive & performance
Those expecting a repeat of the Auris' dull driving experience will be pleasantly surprised by the Toyota Corolla Touring Sports
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It's fair to say Toyota's hybrids have generally not been known for blistering performance up to now. That's of course not really the point of cars like this, but Toyota is nonetheless catering for those who want a bit more oomph with the new 178bhp 2.0-litre hybrid engine debuting in the Corolla.
It'll be particularly welcomed by those who plan to regularly drive with their Touring Sports' boot fully loaded, but others will probably be perfectly happy with the familiar 120bhp 1.8-litre option.
Toyota Corolla Touring Sports 0-62mph, top speed and acceleration
The Touring Sports estate is very slightly slower to accelerate than its hatchback counterpart. Going from 0-62mph takes 8.1 seconds with the 2.0-litre engine and 11.1 seconds with the 1.8-litre, versus 7.9 and 10.9 respectively for the hatchback.
Note that the more powerful 2.0-litre engine can only be specified with Design or Excel trim, making it quite an expensive proposition. Those used to 2.0-litre diesel-engined estate cars from other manufacturers may still prefer it, however.
There's no major impact on the driving experience if you go for the Corolla Touring Sports over the hatchback. Like that car, it's much better to drive than its Auris predecessor, and if you go for the 2.0-litre hybrid engine, there are artificially 'stepped' ratios built into the CVT gearbox, so you can perform manual gearshifts.
Overall, the Corolla isn't as involving to drive as a Ford Focus nor quite as comfortable as a Volkswagen Golf, but the differences are small and it's pretty impressive in its own right.
The Trek model rides particularly well, offering a resolutely supple and composed ride even over some rougher surfaces. Body control remains good despite the car’s slightly higher suspension.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe latest Toyota Corolla Touring Sports adds extra luggage capacity to the already impressive Corolla hatchback
- 2MPG & CO2 emissionsThe Toyota Corolla Touring Sports's figures are impressive, although a plug-in hybrid will be cheaper to run
- 3Running costsCompany-car drivers will welcome the Toyota Corolla Touring Sports' low CO2 emissions; other costs should be reasonable, too
- 4Engines, drive & performance - currently readingThose expecting a repeat of the Auris' dull driving experience will be pleasantly surprised by the Toyota Corolla Touring Sports
- 5Interior & comfortToyota still isn't the last word in interior style and luxury, but the Corolla Touring Sports is smart-looking, well built and generously equipped
- 6Practicality & boot spaceIt's not the largest estate in its class, but the Toyota Corolla Touring Sports will carry plenty of luggage with ease, and the interior is spacious
- 7Reliability & safetyDetailed reliability data isn't available yet, but the Corolla Touring Sports has performed well in independent crash-testing