Toyota Corolla Touring Sports review

Category: Estate car

Section: Performance & drive

Toyota Corolla Touring Sport 2020 rear cornering
  • Toyota Corolla Touring Sport 2020 RHD front cornering
  • Toyota Corolla Touring Sport 2020 rear cornering
  • Toyota Corolla Touring Sport 2020 RHD dashboard
  • Toyota Corolla Touring Sport 2020 rear seats
  • Toyota Corolla Touring Sport 2020 front seats
  • Toyota Corolla Touring Sport infotainment
  • Toyota Corolla Touring Sport 2020 RHD front tracking
  • Toyota Corolla Touring Sport 2020 RHD left panning
  • Toyota Corolla Touring Sport 2020 RHD rear tracking
  • Toyota Corolla Touring Sport 2020 front right studio
  • Toyota Corolla Touring Sport 2020 rear left studio
  • Toyota Corolla Touring Sport 2020 front seats
  • Toyota Corolla Touring Sport 2020 boot open
  • Toyota Corolla Touring Sport 2020 RHD front cornering
  • Toyota Corolla Touring Sport 2020 rear cornering
  • Toyota Corolla Touring Sport 2020 RHD dashboard
  • Toyota Corolla Touring Sport 2020 rear seats
  • Toyota Corolla Touring Sport 2020 front seats
  • Toyota Corolla Touring Sport infotainment
  • Toyota Corolla Touring Sport 2020 RHD front tracking
  • Toyota Corolla Touring Sport 2020 RHD left panning
  • Toyota Corolla Touring Sport 2020 RHD rear tracking
  • Toyota Corolla Touring Sport 2020 front right studio
  • Toyota Corolla Touring Sport 2020 rear left studio
  • Toyota Corolla Touring Sport 2020 front seats
  • Toyota Corolla Touring Sport 2020 boot open
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In this section:
  • Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox
  • Suspension and ride comfort
  • Handling
  • Noise and vibration

Performance & drive

What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is

Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox

The entry-level 1.8-litre hybrid has a relatively modest 120bhp. It feels noticeably slower than the 123bhp 1.0-litre Ford Focus (Ecoboost 125), but its acceleration is still adequate in most situations – even when joining motorways. The only time you’ll really wish you had a bit more oomph is when you need to overtake slower traffic on country roads.

The 177bhp 2.0-litre hybrid is much punchier and responds far more eagerly when you squeeze the accelerator pedal. It’s far from a “hot estate", but when we tested one at our private test track it completed the run from 0-60mph in just 8.1 seconds. It’s definitely better suited to outside lane motorway driving than the entry-level 1.8 and copes better when fully laden.

A jacked-up, off-road inspired Trek version is available, but its added ground clearance doesn’t translate into a more comfortable ride.

Toyota Corolla Touring Sport 2020 rear cornering

Handling

When driven in a leisurely fashion, the Corolla Touring Sports handles well enough. The steering is pretty accurate and builds weight in a predictable and reassuring fashion. There’s a decent feeling of composure as well, provided you don't expect really quick changes of direction. Trek models handle much the same as regular versions.

When you start to push harder, though, you notice that it's less keen to tuck its nose into corners than the Focus Estate or even the Octavia Estate and runs out of front-end grip sooner than either. Put simply, if you want a car that’ll have you grinning on a challenging road, there are better options. 

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