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.

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.

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.

This article was updated on 12 April 2019 to remove references to specifications unavailable in the UK. For a comprehensive specification and accessory list, please visit the Toyota website.

Comments (62)

  1. Hi,
    looking to order a new car and the Toyota Corolla Touring Hybrid looks very interesting, particularly with the 2 Litre hybrid option. Just wondering why with this car range there is no leather seat option? There is a partial leather seat but no full leather. Considering the C-HR has, I find it a bit baffling why this option is not available? Any possibility it may become an option?

    1. Hi Ryan,

      Thanks for getting in touch, we’re glad to hear that you like the look of the Corolla. At this time, there are no plans to change specification from partial leather. Thank you for this feedback, we will pass it on to the Product team.

  2. I will be getting my new Corolla in5 days and i have to say that i’m very disappointed that there is no Apple CarPlay! I Believe that Toyota will do something about that very soon.

    1. Hi Themis,

      Thanks for getting in touch, it’s great to hear that you’ve ordered the new Corolla. Apple CarPlay is something that we are currently working on, please keep an eye on our blogs and social channels for updates.

      Thanks.

  3. I will be getting my new Corolla in June and have to say that i’m very disappointed that there is no Apple CarPlay! Really hope that it can be retrofitted.

    1. Hi there,

      Thanks for getting in touch and it’s great to hear that you will be driving the new Corolla. In regards to Apple CarPlay, this is something that we are currently working on but have no further updates on at this time. Please keep an eye on our blogs and social channels for the latest news.

      Thanks.

        1. Hi Milos,

          Thanks for getting in touch. Apple Carplay is something that we are currently working on, however have no specific timelines to announce. Please keep an eye on our blogs and social channels for further updates.

          Thanks.

      1. I am sorry but do you realise that you are coying and pasting the same generic answer to every post you have recived from people who are not going to buy your car due to the poor qualities of the Touch system?

        Frankly, I will join the same trnd. I’ve spent lst 3 years in the Nissan with their “amazing” system and I am fed up enough to not try anything not connected witg Google or Apple systems.

        Shame, becasue otherwise yoyr Corrola Hybrid was fitting perfectly as my next company car.

        I cannot believe that you cannot just comply with simpe standards like this?

        Even Fiat has this installed without problems and their cars are lightyears behind your products!

    2. We have just received our new Toyota Carolla but don’t know how to turn sound up on sat nav also can’t see any C D player please help

      1. Hi John,

        Thanks for getting in touch, it’s great to hear that you have got a new Corolla! We would advise for you to contact our Multimedia Team, as they will be able to assist you further. You can find their details via the following link:

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

        Thanks.

    3. Just to repeat ……I’m receiving my first new vehicle ever a Corolla Touuring 2ltr sport in July 2019, I’d like to know if the sat/Nav,apple play etc will be updated free of charge by our dealer of choice?
      Mark

      1. It’s fantastic to hear that you’ll be driving the new Corolla. At this time, we have no further information on this other than that it is something that we are working on and it is coming in the future. We’d advise for you to keep an eye on our blogs and social channels for further announcements.

        Thank you.

  4. Have to take issue with some of the claims Toyota are making here. A lot of it just not true. Had a 2019 Corolla delivered 3 weeks ago, in March 2019.
    It does not have “World-first 3D driver’s meter” Or if it does it’s really well hidden.
    It does not have Connected services
    giving access to convenience and peace-of-mind features such as Find My Car and Driving Analytics.
    It does not have Wireless phone charging. If it does the pad for it is very well hidden.
    At least the March 2019 Toyota Corolla does not have any of these features.
    Nor does it have apple play… Will we ever see that in the UK. Or should anyone with an apple phone hope that miracast will work one day?

    1. Hi Stephen,

      Thanks for getting in touch. It’s great to hear that you’ve got a new Corolla.

      With regards to the blog post, we apologise for any confusion this may have caused. The original post was published before the UK specification was finalised, and has now been edited to ensure it only includes UK specification.

      The new Corolla does include Connected services. If you register your vehicle with My Toyota, you will have access to the services:

      https://www.toyota.co.uk/owners/vehicle-information/manage-my-toyota.

      Apple Carplay is something that we are currently working on, however we have no specific timelines to reveal at this point. We would advise for you to keep an eye on our blogs and social channels for the latest updates.

      Thanks.

  5. The blog states that the new Corolla will have head up display and power tailgate. However, when I inquired at my local Toyota dealer they confirmed that neither head up display nor a power tailgate will be available, and they asked where I got this information from. Is the information on this blog incorrect?

  6. Where can I download a user handbook for the new Corolla? I have a car on order but would like to have a good look at the handbook before its delivery next month. So far all I have been able to find are handbooks for the US version

  7. Hi,

    I want to order one too but phone mirroring is a major omission in 2019.

    An online Carwow video review I watched today stated that when it becomes available, Apple Carplay and Android Auto would be able to retro-fitted to Corollas without it.

    Any substance to that? If it’s a yes, i’ll be ordering.

    1. Hi there,

      Thanks for getting in touch. This is something that we are currently working on, however we have no specific timelines at this time. Please keep an eye on our blogs and social channels for updates.

      Thanks.

  8. Hi Toyota, always been a fan of your cars. Currently have a 2018 Auris sports and have had a previous Auris from new together with Prius and Aygo models. I like the look the look of the new Corolla and would love to have one as my next Toyoyta – but – as so many others have written on this blog the lack of Apple Car Play means that I’ll not be considering a new Corolla while this remains the case. BUT I was watching the Mat Watson’s CarWow review of the Corolla which was very positive, apart from (I’m sure you’ve guessed) the infotainment system which he felt was not up to the systems from rival manufactures. HE DID STATE THOUGH THAT CAR PLAY WIL BE INTRODUCED INTO NEW MODELS RELATIVELY SOON AND THAT EXISTING COROLLA OWNERS WILL BE ABLE TO UPGRADE THEIR SYSTEMS TO APPLE CAR PLAY. Can you confirm this is the case. If it is then my next car will be a Corolla. If not then then I’ll be looking elsewhere.

    1. Hi there,

      Thanks for getting in touch and it’s great to hear that you’re looking at new Corolla as your next car. Apple Carplay is something that we are currently working on, however at the moment we have no specific timelines to share. Please keep an eye on our blogs and social channels for the latest updates.

      Thanks.

      1. Thanks for your quick response and your promising reply. Its good to hear that “Apple CarPlay is something we are currently working on …” Hopefully we won’t have to wait too long to see it introduced – I’m sure you’ll get many current Toyota enthusiasts committing to the Corolla once its kitted out with ACP.

  9. I agree. Great shame about Apple Carplay. The new Corolla estate would have been at the top of my list for a replacement of my existing vehicle this year otherwise. It looks like I will return to VAG or Honda now. Poor infotainment is a deal breaker for me as well as many others it seems.

  10. I’m selecting my next company car, and failure to offer Carplay will strike the companies vehicles off my list. I recently had a C-HR demonstrator and the infotainment software in that car was so awful – worse than I’ve seen in any car, especially one with such an in-your-face touchscreen. If that is the software being put in the new vehicles then it’s a no from me…

  11. 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. Apple are using the toyota logo because toyota elsewhere do have AA/ACP like in the USA, in the uk they managed to put in in the aygo, so looks like the aygo is the premier flagship car not the corolla lol

      2. Greetings from Slovenia. I would like to join Giovanni and others to share my disappointment that Toyota lacks Carplay in new models. I was about to pay for the new Rav4 hybrid when I realized that Carplay is missing. At least Toyota should provide a clear information if later upgrade is possible. Polite replies that give no proper answer to questions are useless. That is quite unacceptable in my opinion.

        Since Carplay is available in the US there is clearly no technical reason for not having it in Europe. I am very unhappy with Toyota marketing policy in Europe and will consider buying Honda CRV instead unless I get a clear information on when Toyota plans to add Carplay into their european models (Rav4 in my case) very soon.

        Thank you.

  12. 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

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

    2. Absolutely agree. Tried tweeting them today and get the standard ‘blah blah’ response. Shocking that such high standards cars aren’t offering what is fast becoming standard on so many cars. It’s a deal breaker for me without a firm commitment.

  15. 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

  16. 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?

  17. 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

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. 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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