Explore the new 2019 Toyota Corolla: comfort and technology

This is the second of four blog articles focusing on important characteristics of the new 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback and Touring Sports models. We have already examined the model’s exterior and interior design. Following articles will concentrate on the vehicle’s dynamics and its powertrains and performance.

2019 Toyota Corolla: comfort and technology

The new 2019 Toyota Corolla is equipped with a comprehensive range of comfort and convenience technology features, either as standard or available as an option, according to model grade. The highlights are summarised below.

LED headlamps

Three LED headlight systems are featured in the Corolla line-up, according to model grade – a triple LED parabola unit headlamp; a bi-beam LED headlight with Automatic High Beam System; and an LED headlight with an Adaptive High-beam System.

World-first 3D driver’s meter

The driver’s meter cluster includes a seven-inch multi-information display with a choice of digital or analogue speedometer modes. The panel can also be switched to a world-first 3D effect in which the dials appear to float in mid-air.

Head-up display

The position and brightness of the head-up display can be adjusted using controls on the steering wheel. The ten-inch colour TFT display projects driving information and alerts on to the windscreen in the driver’s line of sight, including speed limits, navigation prompts and an eco driving indicator.

Toyota Touch 2 multimedia system

The Toyota Touch 2 with Go multimedia system is operated using a full-colour, eight-inch touchscreen in the centre console. It is quick and intuitive to use, reacting to familiar pinch, zoom and slide gestures like a smartphone.

eCall

eCall will automatically contact emergency services in the event of an accident in which the airbags are deployed, giving details of the vehicle’s precise location and the number of people on board. The eCall button can also be used to reach the emergency services directly; the call is made using the car’s built-in SIM, with no charge to the owner.

Connected services

Connected services will be available, giving access to convenience and peace-of-mind features such as Last Mile Guidance, Send to Car navigation, Find My Car, Driving Analytics and Maintenance Reminder.

JBL GreenEdge Premium sound system

An eight-speaker JBL Premium sound system will be available for new Corolla hybrid electric models. The speakers, which include JBL’s signature horn tweeter mounted in the A-pillar, have been tuned to suit Corolla’s notably quiet cabin. The system incorporates Clari-Fi technology which supplements frequencies that are lost in compressed digital audio files, restoring the sound quality and stereo mix as closely as possible to the original recording.

Wireless phone charging

A wireless charging system allows Wireless Power Consortium compatible phones to be charged simply by placing them on a dedicated pad located in front of the gear lever.

Skyview panoramic sunroof

The Skyview panoramic sunroof has two glass panels. The front panel slides to give a maximum opening of 272mm, with a mesh deflector to reduce wind noise. The roof is also fitted with an internal roller shade.

Power tailgate kick sensor

A hands-free kick sensor is available for the power tailgate on the Corolla Touring Sports, activated by sliding a foot beneath the central section of the rear bumper. The tailgate’s fully open height can be customised to suit the owner’s preference. The tailgate also has a one-touch lock and close button.

Simple Park Assist with Intelligent Clearance Sonar

The SIPA system uses a rear camera and ultrasonic sensors on the sides of the front bumper to identify viable reverse and parallel parking spaces. It will automatically apply the correct sequence of steering angles to manoeuvre the car into the target space; all the driver has to do is control the vehicle’s speed. SIPA activates the Intelligent Clearance Sonar system to ensure safe manoeuvring.

Please note that UK specifications and details will be confirmed nearer to launch.

Comments (31)

  1. Looking at all comments and replies here it really seems that CarPlay won’t be available in the Corolla 2019 in Europe, unlike the tiny Aygo or the same Corolla in the US.

    Is it really a final decision?

    The Apple UK website has been listing the Corolla 2019 Hatchback for a while on its website:
    https://www.apple.com/uk/ios/carplay/available-models/

    As I mentioned multiple times, having CarPlay would definitely convince me to switch from my 2014 Auris to the 2019 Corolla, while the ridiculous Touch 2 is a shame in this day and age.

    Toyota is great at building cars, but software and touch UI is best left with the leaders in that area, i.e. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

    I’ll be truly disappointed if CarPlay won’t be available on the Corolla 2019, and I’ve already been disappointed by how the Toyota social team on FB has always refused to provide a final statement in this regard.

    Can you please let us know if there is still room for adding CarPlay to the Corolla before its public availability in early 2019?

    Thanks a lot!

    1. Hi Giovanni,

      Thanks for getting in touch and we are sorry to hear that you feel disappointed. As mentioned in the blog post, The Toyota Touch 2 with Go multimedia system will be featured in the 2019 Toyota Corolla in the UK. In regards to the link to Apple, although that is the UK site, some of the brands and vehicles they are referring to are from outside of the UK. For example, we do not sell the Avalon in the UK. We can appreciate that there has been some negative feedback on our blogs and social channels regarding the Toyota Touch 2 Multimedia system, therefore we always pass these comments to our Product Team.

      If you could like to contact our Customer Relations team regarding this, you can find their details as follows: https://www.toyota.co.uk/contact-us/.

      Thanks.

      1. Thanks Toyota team for your reply.

        Your reply is still a bit hazy wrt CarPlay availability but that’s good news for me. The lack of a strong statement in that regard, or even the lack of some apparent reasoning/logic as to why you oppose Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, means that you’re still evaluating that option. In my case, it might just mean that I’ll wait for another year before I upgrade my Auris. With little more than 19k miles, I need anyway a compelling reason to switch in a few months from now, and you don’t seem to be keen on providing me with such a reason.

        However, since Apple is using also your logo on their website, I would expect you to ask them to rectify their UK page if it isn’t correct.

        I’m clearly not expecting you to abandon your Touch 2. It’s anyway a (barely) decent solution for people without a smartphone and any car that supports Android/Apple car technologies would anyway have a basic UI for anything not directly supported by those UIs. Android Auto or Apple CarPlay are, in other words, like an “application” within the main “native” touch UI that any modern car comes with (except for Tesla, another CarPlay opponent which has at least added Siri support… but by the looks of it you’re rightly not even making an effort to compete with them, it’s just a different market and their sort of built-in tablet runs rings around your cheap Touch 2 even without the help of Google or Apple).

        Since you’ve touted the new global TNGA as a key novelty across your models and even as one of the reasons why the Auris has been renamed to Corolla globally, I’m confident that even your poorly designed and executed Touch 2 system can support CarPlay one day as much as your US models and your European Aygo can.

        Thanks again, some bolder statements might help but your blurred replies still lead me to hope that one day the market forces will convince you to support major smartphone OSs.

        Good luck!

        1. Bravo, Giovanni !

          Mercedes A class 2019 will be the first car with wireless Apple carplay thanks to cooperation with Visteon. This is the trend- even low class cars to go with Apple and Android

          Just to remind to Toyota Erope what happend with market leaders which have not followed market trends:
          Blackberry – No1 SMARTphone maker …. gone
          Nokia – No1 phone maker …. gone
          Palm – No1 tablet maker … RIP
          ………
          Corolla – TOP seller model….. ????
          Toyota……………. ?????

  2. I was looking forward to the corrola when my yaris pcp ran out, but not if its still using the tough and go 2, toyota us can get AA and carplay, even you managed to put it in the aygo, but can you be bothered putting it in the latest and greatest? nope, will i be buying one? nope
    you are the only manufacturer not offering it, even mazda offer it now.
    feel free to join us in the 21st century any time, its not scary, honest

  3. Hi,
    I was really considering to go for a Corolla as my next car, but without Android Auto support that’s unfortunately a no go and I’ll have to stay with a VAG car again.

    1. Hi Jan,

      Thanks for getting in touch and we are sorry to hear that you feel this way. Customer feedback is very important to us and so we will pass these comments on to our Product Team.

      Thanks.

  4. Common answer seems to be we care about our customers. We will pass all concerns to the product team. How about a comment from the products team relating to complaints and what they are doing to improve. Otherwise Toyota doing a good job of driving potential or established customers away.

    1. Hi David,

      Thank you for these comments. We can appreciate that there has been some negative feedback on our blogs and social channels regarding the Toyota Touch 2 Multimedia system. We take our customer comments seriously, and we pass this feedback on to the Product Team so that it can be something we can improve upon in the future. If you could like to contact our Customer Relations team regarding this, you can find their details as follows:

      https://www.toyota.co.uk/contact-us/.

      Thanks.

  5. Been saying it for years only better the older model never push the boat out up dating the sat nav is a nightmare as for listening to owners you do not

  6. Dear Toyota,

    I have been a Toyota customer for the past 8 years and am greatly impressed with Toyota brand. It is the most reliable car that I have ever had in my lifetime.

    I am interested in the new Corolla and want to purchase one next year. My question is does the new Corrola come in the Saloon version? How much will be the hybrid model?

  7. As for the toyota touch 2 I’m wondering if the product team managed or even try to change the volume..!

    The toyota thailand though listened the feedback about the touch 2 and how unsattisfied customers are and changed the multimedia system.

    Thank you Toyota Europe

  8. Also disappointed from my Touch 2 Go on my CHR… I would expect much more speed and functionality… Why we have to have this system and in USA and Japan the cars are equipped with other multimedia systems?

    1. Hi there,

      Thanks for getting in touch. We are sorry to hear that you feel this way about the Toyota Touch 2 multimedia system. Customer feedback is extremely important to us and so we will pass these comments on to our Product Team.

      Thanks.

  9. This is unacceptable for a TOYOTA car!!! How is it possible having cars with so advanced technology and not easiest thing to do? an integrated entertainment system?
    I have a ch-r adout two weeks now and man, I really hate the toyota touch!!!
    UNACCEPTABLE!!!

    1. Hi there,

      Thank you for these comments and we are sorry to hear that you feel this way. We will pass this on to our Product Team.

      Thanks.

  10. Greetings from Greece.Proud owner of a CHR but touch 2 is a big disadvantage for the cars.No CarPlay no Android Auto …please reconsider and fix it

  11. I have just received my C-HR. I am very satisfied from everything except from the terrible slow and not android compatible Toyota Touch 2. Please think about to make an upgrade to this as soon as possible. It is a pitty for the nice quality of the car and the great effort that Toyota company.

    1. Hi there,

      Thanks for contacting us. It’s great to hear that you are satisfied with your C-HR. However, we are sorry to hear that you feel this way about Toyota Touch 2. We take customer feedback very seriously and so will pass this on to our Product Team.

      Thanks.

  12. Toyota touch 2 (Go) is the only and big drawback to my C-HR. It’s also the reason I won’t get a Yaris as a company car.
    Now I’m sure that neither Corolla will be.
    I hate Toyota touch 2 Go.

    1. Hi Konstantinos,

      Thanks for getting in touch and we are sorry to hear that you feel this way. We take customer feedback very seriously and so will pass this on to our Product Team.

      Thanks.

  13. Oh dear, if it is true that the old Touch and Go system is being used I will definitely not be buying this car. It is so out of date and thoroughly annoying on my Yaris, it struggles to play music without having the volume up really high on an android phone.

    All new cars should come with android auto and apple car play. Toyota you really have no excuse!!

    1. Hi Nikhil,

      Thank you for your comments and we are sorry to hear that you feel this way. We take customer feedback very seriously and so will pass this on to our Product Team.

      Thanks.

  14. This was a brilliant opportunity for Toyota to use modern technology and include Android Auto as part of the in car entertainment/communication package.

    Using Touch & Go 2 again seems like Toyota can’t be bothered to change with the times and improve the driver experience.

  15. Touch 2 was terribly outdated when launched in 2014 it is abysmal as a in car “multimedia” unit today to be launching an all new car in 2019 with such a woeful system is unforgivable Toyota you should be ashamed.

    How can you offer Apple carplay and Android auto in your smallest cheapest model ( Aygo ) and still justify Touch 2 in the new Corolla

    So disappointed if there is geunuinly no Carplay/Android auto when launched that’s the Corolla of my new car shortlist which is such a shame as everything else seems to be spot on.

    Currently drive a Gen4 Prius which is almost perfect except for the disaster of a in car entertainment system called Touch 2 & go pro which ruins the car and is the reason I am looking at other brands when I replace the Prius early next year.

    1. Hi Daron,

      Thanks for getting in touch and we are sorry to hear that you feel this way. We take customer feedback very seriously and therefore will pass these comments on to our Product Team.

  16. Toyota Touch 2 multimedia system !!! Are you OK ? This is not a “system” this is photo frame with lights.
    “Multimedia” aka radio with USB.
    Obviously no one cares about customers and their UI & UX. Tons of reports were wrote about “Toyota touch 2” – archaic radio

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