The interior layout, fit and finish
Driving position and dashboard
Thanks to a driver’s seat that’s easy to adjust vertically and back and forth, with a steering wheel that does the same, you’ll have few issues getting comfy behind the wheel. However, the range of steering wheel adjustment isn't as extensive as it is in the Focus Estate, and adjusting the angle of the backrest involves pulling a lever and shifting your weight back and forth until you find the right position. A lot of rivals – the Focus Estate included – offer a simpler and more convenient dial to twist.
Every Corolla Touring Sports trim level comes with electric adjustable lumbar support as standard, and this helps make it a great choice for covering long distances, even if the seat itself doesn’t offer quite as much side support as you’ll find in the Focus and Octavia Estate. If you’re hoping for a loftier driving position from the Trek, forget it; it perches you just 20mm higher than the regular Touring Sports.
Powerful LED headlights are fitted as standard across the range and are a boon at night. In most rivals, you’ll either need to pay extra or upgrade to a posh trim level for comparable technology.
Sat nav and infotainment
Let’s start with the positives. The 8.0in touchscreen is positioned high up on the dashboard making it easy to see on the move. There are also numerous physical shortcut buttons surrounding the screen, which are far easier to hit than the touch sensitive buttons used by numerous rivals including the Octavia Estate.
Of course, you can choose to operate the system by using the screen, but if you do you’ll find it’s quite slow to respond to inputs. What's more, the screen resolution isn't very impressive, the menus are not particularly intuitive and the graphics for the map (sat-nav is standard from Icon Tech trim) look rather congested.