Toyota Corolla Touring Sports 2.0 hybrid 2019 review

Fifty-three million pounds and 400,000 hours of work. That’s what it took to create the Toyota Corolla Touring Sports from the basis of the hatchback project, and it’s a pertinent figure lest anybody think the addition of an estate to a range in order to please a shrinking but still significant proportion of European car buyers is the work of a moment.

At the peak of work, the project had 60 full-time members, with Toyota's new European styling office in Cologne, Germany, taking on the design as its first ever creation. The catch-all goal was to create a car that can deliver “family adventure”, according to its maker - which loosely means it's a car that car handle all the needs of people who are young enough to have outdoor hobbies and/or have kids.

So, more room in the boot, then, the size being dictated by how well objects such as an average adult's bicycle fit in. This has led to a stretch in the car’s overall length over the hatchback’s by 283mm, as well as an increase in the wheelbase by 60mm so there’s also more room in the rear seats – better to fit in some extra adults who might share your pastimes or a brace of children in bulky child seats.

Estate variant of the new Corolla will take on the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf from 2019. We've sampled a prototype

Toyota Corolla Touring Sports 2.0 hybrid prototype specifications

Where Madrid, Spain Price from £29,000 (est) On sale Feb 2019 Engine 4cyls, 1987cc, petrol plus electric motors Power 178bhp @6000rpm Torque 140lb ft @ 6000rpm Kerb weight 1465kg (est) Top speed tbc 0-62mph 8.1sec (est) Economy 74.3mpg (est) CO2 87g/km (NEDC est) Rivals Volkswagen Golf Estate, Ford Focus Estate.

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