Toyota Corolla hybrid interior & comfort

Interior quality, comfort and design have been improved greatly over the old Auris, but the Corolla hybrid is still functional above all else inside

The Corolla boasts cleanly designed and well put-together interior, although unsurprisingly for a Toyota, it's not the last word in luxurious sophistication inside.

Toyota Corolla hybrid dashboard

An instrument panel 24mm slimmer than that of the Auris, combined with a wider and higher centre console, gives the driver a 'cocooned' feel in the Corolla. There's a seven-inch screen built into the driver's instruments (4.2 inches on the entry-level car), as well as a large, eight-inch touchscreen mounted prominently in the centre of the dashboard, giving access to the Toyota Touch 2 multimedia infotainment system.

Equipment, options & accessories

The Corolla is available in five trim levels in the UK: Icon, Icon Tech, Design, GR Sport and Excel. Icon and Icon Tech are only available with the 1.8-litre hybrid drivetrain, Design is available with that engine along with the 2.0-litre hybrid, as are Excel and GR Sport models.

Standard features on the entry-level Icon include 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic LED headlights, heated front seats, the Toyota Touch 2 touchscreen multimedia infotainment system with an eight-inch dashboard screen and a 4.2-inch screen in front of the driver. A reversing camera, DAB digital radio and dual-zone air-conditioning are included, too.

The Icon Tech adds sat nav and voice control, and increases the driver's screen size to seven inches, as well as adding parking sensors and a parking assistance system. We think these useful extras are worth paying more for.

Design makes the Corolla more stylish with the addition of 17-inch alloy wheels, along with rain-sensing wipers, power-adjustable heated door mirrors, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, rear privacy glass, LED front foglights and an optional opening panoramic roof.

GR Sport takes a similarly design-focused approach with a more aggressive bodykit, black alloy wheels and the addition of sports seats inside. Equipment runs more or less in line with Design models. It’s worth noting that this trim level is available on Hatchback and Touring Sports, but not the Corolla Saloon.

The Excel is the best-equipped Corolla in the range, offering 18-inch alloys, bi-LED headlights, smart entry, leather sports seats, an optional eight-speaker premium stereo and optional bi-tone paint finish.

Toyota Corolla Saloon

Infotainment, apps & sat nav

Toyota's Touch 2 touchscreen multimedia infotainment system is standard across the Corolla range, however the entry-level Icon does without the sat-nav function, so it's definitely worth upgrading to Icon Tech for that, as well as the larger driver's screen behind the steering wheel.

A reversing camera is also standard on all models, along with six-speaker stereo, DAB and FM radio receivers, an auxiliary socket, a USB port and Bluetooth connectivity. As of early 2020, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity is standard across the Corolla range.