2019 Toyota Camry reviews round-up

2019 Toyota Camry reviews round-up

The first reviews of the newly re-introduced Toyota Camry Hybrid have been published, following the European launch last week in Split, Croatia.

A significant number of national, regional and online UK motoring outlets were invited to the event. What were their first impressions of our new hybrid-only executive saloon? Below is a selection of excerpts from some of the Camry reviews. To read the full online reports from each publication, click the emboldened links.

2019 Toyota Camry: Autocar

“The new Camry is bang on trend and perfectly placed to compete with other self-charging rivals… as well as plug-in hybrids.

“The whole car is impressively refined; both wind and road noise are well suppressed and the engine is virtually inaudible at constant motorway speeds.

“That said, the Camry does have a party trick up its sleeve: space. Put simply, unless you’re Shaquille O’Neal, you should have plenty of room to spread out in both the front and rear. A clever rear suspension design, along with the positioning of the car’s batteries beneath the rear seats, minimises intrusion into the bonnet, resulting in impressive luggage capacity.”

2019 Toyota Camry: Auto Express

“It is comfortable, spacious and impressively refined around town, with loads of kit and a luxuriously appointed interior. But the real gains will come in running costs; the Camry could slash your company car tax bills and save you money at the pumps.”

2019 Toyota Camry: Auto Trader

“The Camry is a capable car, providing a comfortable ride and reasonably tidy handling, along with a roomy cabin, lots of luxury equipment and an efficient hybrid propulsion system. The fact it’s a hybrid will also make it a very cost-effective option for company car drivers, especially ones who spend most of their time doing short, urban journeys.

“All versions of the Camry look as good as each other… Overall, it feels like every inch the high-quality product.”

2019 Toyota Camry: CAR

“The 2.5-litre engine, the motor, the generator and the gears are very compact, allowing a low bonnet, and the battery is small enough to be relocated from the boot to under the rear seats, freeing up luggage space.

“It’s reasonably roomy and comfortable up front. In the back there’s a fantastic amount of legroom, and decent headroom. It can fit three adults in the back, and the boot capacity of 524 litres will make light work of their suitcases and cabin bags.

“As is often the case with Toyota, it’s a well-equipped, safety-focused car that feels built to last.”

2019 Toyota Camry: Car Buyer

“The Camry is a big car with a neat design that’s classy and far more conservative than the more quirky Prius. That theme continues inside, where the horizontal dashboard is sedate and upmarket enough to avoid putting off executives – its target audience. There’s certainly ample room for adults in the front and back seats too.

“Fuel consumption of up to 53.3mpg is promised on the WLTP cycle, but a CO2 emissions figure of 98g/km is the most critical fact for business drivers. With no 4% Benefit In Kind diesel surcharge to worry about, it qualifies it for a low 23% company car tax band.”

2019 Toyota Camry: Top Gear

“Toyota’s hybrid system works the opposite way around to normal internal combustion cars, in that it’s at its most efficient in stop/start traffic. Toyota claims north of 50mpg combined and high 40s is certainly doable. In all, this will be a very cheap car to run given its size.

“The hybrid-only Toyota Camry is… quiet, comfortable and economical. You get lots of kit, and because it’s a Toyota, said kit will surely keep working forever.”

Read more: Interview with the new Camry’s chief engineer

Comments (8)

  1. Hi – I’m waiting for the delivery of my new Camry which I ordered in December 2019. I can’t wait. It looks and feels a lovely car to drive.

    Can I use roof bars on my new car please? I was disappointed that I couldn’t tow even small loads, especially that towing is permitted in other markets. Putting sports equipment on the roof will alleviate this problem to some extent.

    Many thanks in advance.

    1. Hi Adam,

      Thanks for getting in touch. It’s great to hear you have a Camry on the way. We would recommend contacting Toyota in your region for further help with this.

      Thanks.

      1. Hi – the UK is my region! I live in Portsmouth and my local main dealer isn’t answering this question either, hence me asking Toyota UK.

        I’d really appreciate an answer please. Many thanks in advance.

        1. Hi Adam,

          Thanks for getting back in touch. We’re really sorry for our confusion there.

          We appreciate this may not be the answer you were hoping for, however the Camry doesn’t have any roof load capacity meaning we don’t offer any roof racks for it.

          Thanks.

  2. Hi there

    I read in the camrys online manual advise regarding the gasoline petrol filter GPF. Does this mean UK camrys are equiped with GPF as Iam interested in buying one unlees it has one. I was informed it didnot have one. Please can you let me know

    Ali

  3. Very disappointed that the UK market is only offers one interior trim colour we where thing of replacing our Lexus 300h IS with the Camry as we have seen picture of it with a beige or sand coloured interior but now it come to the UK with black only our plans will have to change. Manufactures or import agents are short sighted inbtjis area because people do want choice but as many say they are not offered it they vary rarely see cars with other interior colour option no pushes it we only get black.
    Auto express did an article on this and people said as it’s not offered peopke do not buy it and do manufactures follows false trend they have created. Over interior colour
    People do not see it at the dealers so they do not buy. Example local Kia dealer put a shortage he got on fee stock deal because it grey leather interior. He had now had to order more because people saw the car it was different to just black . They new the option was there but until they saw the interior they would not buy because they been conditioned down this black route.
    My children cannot believe we had blue, green, brown, maroon (red) , golden beige and black interiors to choose from they wonder what has happened to all these great interiors.

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