Toyota Corolla Touring Sports 1.8 Hybrid 2022 review

What might be just as valuable in daily usage as the increased performance are the improvements to the brakes. On the outgoing car, it was almost impossible to come to a stop perfectly smoothly, but the pedal is now more progressive and allows clean limo-drive stops.

The new car also uses the radar for the adaptive cruise control to judge how much regenerative braking it should apply when you lift off the throttle. Such systems can sometimes be unpredictable, but this one proved particularly intuitive.

As well as the mechanical changes, all versions gain subtly altered light clusters, new wheel designs, some updates to the active safety suite and a long-awaited revamp of the infotainment system and digital gauge cluster.

The gauge cluster looks crisp and clear, and you can customise it to show the information you want, although the process of doing so is a touch clunky. The infotainment, however, remains a demon that haunts Toyota. The screen is a good size with a decent resolution and responds relatively quickly, but it loses all shortcut buttons except for the media volume. That also makes switching between smartphone mirroring and the native interface very involved. It’s a surprising omission, since there is a physical button to do exactly that in the new Toyota Aygo X, which has effectively the same system.

Otherwise, the Corolla is as before: quiet, comfortable, roomy in estate form and accomplished although not exactly exciting in the corners.

We’ll have to wait for a while before these changes are introduced: they’re only due for the first quarter of next year, with pricing to be announced nearer to that time.

Because of that, and because the car we drove was a late prototype, we’ll refrain from giving it a star rating, but so long as Toyota can manage not to increase the price too much, this is a successful update of an already well-rounded family car.


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