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.

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 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.

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 1 July 2019 to remove references to specifications unavailable in the UK. For a comprehensive specification and accessory list, please visit the Toyota website.


  1. I see now that Toyota Touch® 2 multimedia system with Smartphone integration incl Apple CarPlay™ & Android Auto™ is available on the Corolla. Is this available on the Corolla before 2020 update?

    1. Hi I have been in contact with my closest dealer for retro fitting Apple CarPlay to my new Toyota Corolla excel trim… but they seems to have no further info regarding this option and they have been not helpful. I have also been in contact with customer relations and they have confirmed that my car is eligible for an upgrade. Now if you can kindly tell me if this is going to be a software update or is it something we need to get some sort of hardware installed?

      1. Hi Vaishali,

        Thanks for getting in touch. We have communicated with our dealer network retrofit information late last year and we’re sorry to hear you were left without answers. The retrofit is a software update and we would recommend re-contacting your dealer for more information regarding timings for this to take place.


      1. Hi,

        As you will be receiving additional equipment in your vehicle, which does require labour from our technicians, there is a charge. Please contact your Toyota dealer for more information about retrofit of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.


  2. Hi thanks for your reply, one more thing I would like to ask is that, is it going to be free software update for Apple CarPlay, I own Toyota Corolla Excel 1.8. Customer relations did mention that it will not be chargeable for me because I own higher trim that is available and current version on 2020 trim already comes with Apple CarPlay.

  3. Hi
    Have all dealers been made away of the retro fit. I want AA and ACP in my 2019 corolla excel. Is this upgrade available now?
    Is it just a software upgrade? Can this be downloaded from my Toyota?
    Or is it a hardware change?
    Finally will there be a charge for this if so how much

      1. I want Android auto my 2019 corolla . Is this upgrade available now?
        Is it just a software upgrade or is it a hardware change?

      2. Hi Marius,

        You’ll be able to get this feature in your car from May. Your nearest Toyota centre will be able to update your vehicle for a fee. £50 with a service or £150 without a service for installation of this new feature to your vehicle. Please contact your Toyota dealer for more.


      3. Hi !
        Time to release this update is for all country or only in UK? In my country dont know when release update.

    1. Hi Gethin,

      Thanks for your message. We’ve checked this with our product team and only the Excel grade Corolla is available with interior illumination.


    1. Hi Marius,

      Thanks for getting in touch. Due to the unprecedented disruption to our operations, the retrofit availability for MY19 Corolla Apple CarPlay and Android Auto has been pushed back to later this year. We’ll have more information soon and would recommend keeping an eye on our blog and social channels for the latest.


      1. This is ridiculous, I had my First service done yesterday for my Toyota Corolla 2019 Excel Trim, and as planned before I would get Apple CarPlay installed in my car which was supposed to be available in May 2020 so I thought I would just pay £50 with my annual service but after requesting Toyota service centre to install Apple CarPlay with my service they said it’s still not available… I was so disappointed, now I will never do business with Toyota as after sale service is horrible from Toyota… they never deliver their promises and never care about their customers…

      2. Hi Vaishali,

        Thanks for your message. We’re really sorry to hear you’re unhappy with your experience with us. Due to the unprecedented disruption to our operations, the retrofit availability for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto has been pushed back to later this year. We expect the retrofit to be available from October, but due to the uncertainty ahead of us, this is subject to change. We’ll have more information soon.

        Once again, we are sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused. If you do wish to raise this further with our customer relations team, you can find their contact details, here: https://www.toyota.co.uk/contact-us/


      1. Has this been confirmed as available in October as we are nearly in November? Thanks

  4. No AA on my late 19 model, even Ford Fiesta comes with AP AND AA at half the cost of a mid range Toyota vehicle.

    Good thing I have a 14 days return on my vehicle Which I will gladly be handing this back and getting my money. Why cant Toyota provide this has free upgrade. Us Toyota drivers feel berated and let down by Toyota we should boycott buying their cars, even Honda gives you AA and AP

    1. Hi Toni,

      Apple CarPlay and Android Auto were added for 2020, and there was a price increase to reflect that. Additional equipment, and labour time needed to update your vehicle, are not free. Sorry to hear you are disappointed, and we wish you all the best in the future.


  5. Hi there, can I get apple car play and Andriod auto both on my Toyota corolla estate 2019? or do I have to choose one of them?

    1. Hi Kam,
      Thanks for your comment.
      The functionality added by the retrofit includes both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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