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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Practical, niche, but still absent in the Sports department

Toyota Corolla Touring Sports (19 on) - rated 4 out of 5
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PROS

  • Combines low running costs with estate practicality
  • Promises to be reliable
  • More interesting than Auris predecessor
  • Hugely practical boot
  • Increased passenger space over the hatchback

CONS

  • Sports badge is suggestive
  • Touchscreen media system isn’t the best
  • Boot is slightly smaller on larger 2.0-litre
  • High monthly payments, even with 0% APR

PROS

  • Combines low running costs with estate practicality
  • Promises to be reliable
  • More interesting than Auris predecessor
  • Hugely practical boot
  • Increased passenger space over the hatchback

CONS

  • Sports badge is suggestive
  • Touchscreen media system isn’t the best
  • Boot is slightly smaller on larger 2.0-litre
  • High monthly payments, even with 0% APR

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Verdict

The Toyota Corolla Touring Sports is the estate version of the firm’s family hatch and replaces the previous Auris Touring Sports.

The Corolla badge may have been resurrected for this generation estate, but the basic formula of the previous model continues. As before, the option of a hybrid powertrain will tempt those looking for lower tax and fuel costs without having to opt for a diesel.

Just like the hatchback, the Touring Sports focusses on being a mid-sized family estate first and a green-conscious hybrid second. While they both share the same styling up front, this estate benefits from a 60mm longer wheelbase and carries its own design at the rear – with a less pronounced bumper and a raised numberplate positioned in the centre.

How big is the 2019 Toyota Corolla Touring Sports’ boot?

As a result, this Corolla is 55mm longer than the old Auris Touring Sports, which will benefit luggage space and rear-seat passenger comfort. Speaking of which, boot space is just shy of 600-litres.

This level of improvement is good news for those looking at a practical estate with low running costs, as the Toyota Corolla Touring Sports has to face a group of strong rivals, including the Volkswagen Golf EstateFord Focus EstateSEAT Leon ST and Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer. It will need to fend off the temptation of a family-oriented SUV, too, in the shape of the Nissan Qashqai and SEAT Ateca.

Toyota Corolla Touring Sports trim levels

The Touring Sports range mirrors the hatchback, meaning four different trim levels of Icon, Icon Tech, Design and Excel.

Toyota Corolla Touring Sports interior

Which trim level you go for will limit the choice of engines available - top-spec Excel is hybrid-only, for example. All come with automatic LED headlights, heated front seats, DAB radio and rear-view camera.

What engines can I get on the Corolla Touring Sports?

As with the Corolla hatchback, you can choose from a revised 1.8-litre hybrid found in the Auris and Prius, along with a new 2.0-litre hybrid for added performance. A 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol continues to serve as the entry-level engine.

Should you buy a Toyota Corolla Touring Sports?

The old Auris Touring Sports was difficult to get excited about, but it did offer relatively low costs in a practical package. There’s more of these attributes with this Corolla Touring Sports and should appeal to drivers wanting a hybrid that serves like a conventional family car.

This is still a niche offering from Toyota, but a practical load-lugger with low CO2 emissions will be less compromising than the C-HR to use everyday.

Toyota Corolla Touring Sports rear, silver

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