The Toyota Corolla Touring Sports marks a return to an old name for what we thought would be called the new Auris.
Toyota has elected to switch back to the big-selling global nameplate after failing to cut through with its Auris badge. And the Touring Sports is the estate version, unveiled in full at the Paris motor show 2018.
Toyota Corolla Touring Sports is a good estate car?!
Toyota claims its new global TNGA architecture has enabled more variation from the hatchback, making it ‘a distinct, separate model in its own right.’ The platform, dubbed GA-C in this compact estate codename geeks, is sufficiently flexible that many of the key dimensions of the estate are different from the five-door.
A longer rear deck extends the boot space of the new Corolla wagon and Toyota claims a loadspace of 598 litres, which is pretty decent for a mid-sized estate.
The long wheelbase of 2700mm helps here and Toyota quotes class-leading rear legroom. This car was designed at the brand’s new styling studio in Belgium; look out for four dual-tone paint schemes which pitch the roof, pillars and lower grille surround in contrast black. The interior is dominated by a big touchscreen. Other new features include full LED rear lamp clusters, head-up display, wireless phone charging and the intruigingly named ‘world-first 3D driver’s meter.
The new Corolla range comes with a choice of hybrids:
- 114bhp 1.2 petrol turbo
- 120bhp 1.8 hybrid
- 178bhp 2.0 hybrid
The batteries are stowed under the rear seats, helping to give a lower centre of gravity.