Passenger & boot space
How it copes with people and clutter
The important thing is you won’t struggle to fit – even if you’re really tall. The front seats slide back a long way on their runners and, although some rivals have a tad more head room, you’re unlikely to feel hemmed in. The interior is wide enough across to keep some space between you and your passenger, too.
What about storage? Well, the door pockets are on the small side, but you’ll find plenty of room elsewhere, thanks to a generous glovebox and various trays and cubbies dotted about. You also get the obligatory twin cupholders in the centre console.
The Corolla is surprisingly spacious in the rear, with fractionally more legroom than you’ll find in an Octavia Estate. Head room is slightly tighter but six footers should still be able to fit with relative ease.
There’s also plenty of space for three children to sit side by side and the central tunnel is much smaller than the one you’ll find in the Octavia. This makes things a whole lot more comfortable for the middle passenger as they don’t have to place their feet either side of the hump.
A central armrest with two cupholders is standard on all models, and the rear door pockets are a decent size, too.
Seat folding and flexibility
The rear seats don’t recline or do anything else particularly clever, but nor do those in the Corolla Touring Sports’ rivals.
Still, they do fold with a 60/40 split. Operation – either by tugging levers next to the rear head restraints or by using the separate lever pulls located on either side of the boot wall – is straightforward.
As with the Corolla hatch, luggage capacity depends on which engine you choose.
While 1.8 Touring Sports can muster 598 litres of carrying capacity with the seats up, the 2.0-litre model cuts this to 581 litres. That's because its bigger engine doesn’t leave enough space for the battery under the bonnet, forcing it to lurk beneath the boot floor instead. For reference, a Hyundai i30 Tourer can hold about 21 litres more, while the Skoda Octavia can take a whopping 640 litres.
On the plus side, the boot is a nice and practical square shape, while an adjustable boot floor allows you to make the most of the space on offer.
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