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.
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.