Toyota has pulled covers off estate version of Ford Focus rival at the Paris motor show; arrives in early 2019
2 October 2018

After revealing the reintroduction of the Corolla name for the UK, Toyota has unveiled the Corolla Touring Sports at the Paris motor show.

The Seat Leon ST rival is expected to go on sale not long after the regular hatchback, a rival to the Ford Focus, later this year. Styled in Toyota’s European design centre, the Corolla Touring Sports shares much with the hatchback from the C-Pillar forward.

Further back, a rising shoulder line and flared wheel arches mark it out from the side view, while a sloping roofline and steeply raked rear window are intended to give the estate an appearance more akin to a shooting brake. Full LED rear lights complete the restyle. Four two-tone colours will be offered at launch, alongside an array of standard shades.  

Much like the exterior, there appears little to tell the Touring Sports apart from the hatchback in the passenger compartment. However, Toyota has extended the wheelbase by 60mm over the hatchback to 2700mm and is claiming best-in-class rear leg room. 

Toyota is quoting a 598-litre boot capacity with the seats up. That's slightly ahead of the Leon ST’s boot but behind other rivals such as the Skoda Octavia Estate and Peugeot 308 SW. No figure has been released for the seats-down boot capacity. 

The Touring Sports uses the same petrol-only range as the hatchback, with a 114bhp 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine as the entry point. Two petrol-electric hybrid options also feature: a 121bhp 1.8-litre unit that's taken from the CH-R and Prius, plus a new 2.0-litre version with 178bhp that tops the range. 

Technology available on the Corolla that wasn’t in the outgoing Auris includes a head-up display, a JBL premium sound system and wireless phone charging. 

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4 September 2018

From the side it looks very stylish. It has the usual hideous Toyota grille, but gradually my sight is getting anaesthetised to that. The interior also looks quite elegant, but we probably will not get the option for light colours in the UK. Most people here prefer to sit in Edgar Allan Poe black, with black accents.

Happy motoring

4 September 2018

...and it has a comically small boot - not very deep, and extremely shallow with a temporary spare wheel (pretty much supermini sized, and easily smaller than a Skoda Fabia hatch).  Actually amazed this tourer has something near average boot space.  In addition rear seat knee room is hardly generous, a 6footer behind a 6footer will have their knees jammed into the front seat.

At least interior is a big step up from last generation (both design and materials).

Can’t see it denting Golf sales in the UK anytime soon though.

4 September 2018

The battery pack's presence probably appreciably shrinks boot space. The standards 1.2l petrol turbo is probably more practical.

4 September 2018
Einarbb wrote:

That was probably the hybrid version

Nope 2L non hybrid hatch - although this could be a function of the design being hybrid ready?

Boot only 208L according to specs, about the same as a Suzuki Swift - very poor for the class.

4 September 2018

...battery pack is under rear seats.

4 September 2018

 Yeah, of course it will, not a fan of light coloured interiors though....

Peter Cavellini.

4 September 2018

Is this built in the uk? I think it looks pretty good.

4 September 2018

Sorry, but the side just looks like a Megane Estate (no bad thing, but not original to copy).

4 September 2018

Has to be one of the best looking Toyota estates ever. And if those figures are true then it beats most of the competition. At almost 600l seats up, space also beats the like of Audi A4 avant, C - Class etc. And not only does it better a BMW 3 series, it betters a 5 series touring !

This is worrying because according to the Oxford English dictionary, the definition of One-foot-in-the-grave is "The day you look at a Toyota Corolla and think, hmmm not bad".

4 September 2018

I simply cannot believe that I'm looking at a Toyota Corolla and thinking, "nice looking car". I need to get out more.

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