Introducing the new 2019 Toyota Corolla Saloon

This is the all-new Toyota Corolla Saloon and it joins the 12th generation range alongside the new British-built Hatchback and Touring Sports models presented earlier this year. All three Corolla models are available in the UK in 2019.

Each is designed to fulfil different customer needs. The compact Hatchback is aimed at young couples; the versatile Touring Sports for families; and the comfortable Saloon targeting young professionals who want more prestigious styling, on-board space and comfort.

The Saloon stands apart from its siblings with different styling that projects a more prestigious look.

It’s for young professionals who want more prestigious styling, on-board space and comfort

The frontal treatment evolves Toyota’s catamaran design cues with a striking two-step rendering of the front corners, flanking a strongly projecting lower grille – a feature common to the new Corolla family. The slim upper grille has a pronounced three-dimensional design and connects with the top of the sharply designed headlamp units, wrapping around the corners to emphasise the car’s low and firmly planted appearance.

Meanwhile, the rear of the car echoes the look of the front through the shape of the bumper and the inverted trapezium design of the boot lid. The rear lamp clusters are specific to the Saloon and connected by a chrome trim, which further highlights the car’s wide stance. The lenses also feature a light guide that gives the Saloon a distinctive illumination signature.

The spacious and ergonomic cabin is the same as that in the Hatchback and Touring Sports, hallmarked by its high sensory quality and advanced technologies. However, the Saloon has the same extended 2,700mm wheelbase as the Touring Sports, ensuring ample legroom and comfort for rear-seat passengers.

As well as offering design freedom to create a greater distinction between Saloon, Hatchback and Touring Sports versions, the new TNGA platform prioritises active and passive safety features and guarantees a more rewarding driving experience. A lower centre of gravity, a 60% more rigid body shell and multi-link suspension as standard all contribute to better handling and stability, without compromising ride comfort.

The Saloon is available in the UK with a 120bhp 1.8-litre hybrid that offers self-sufficient all-electric driving capabilities.

The new Corolla Saloon is being built at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Turkey; while Hatchback and Touring Sports models are being produced by Toyota Manufacturing UK at its Burnaston plant in Derbyshire.

Please note that full details of the UK range, specifications and prices can be found here:


    1. Hi Malik,

      Thank you for getting in touch, we are glad to hear that you like the look of the saloon. In regards to the engine, the 120bhp 1.8-litre hybrid powertrain will offer self-sufficient all-electric driving capabilities. However, we appreciate customer feedback, so thank you for the comments.


      1. Malik have a point.
        The 1,8 120bhp hybrid is to weak for a european customer.

        You have to offer the 180bhp 2.0 hybrid or a turbo petrol with real power and torque. The 1,2T is too small for the Corolla.

        Otherwise I would go for the new Mazda 3. Mazda know that people want a drivers car and they can deliver.

  1. I am interested in a petrol car rather than a hybrid. A report in the Daily Mail suggests that in the UK the only petrol Corolla will be the saloon but elsewhere it has been reported that the petrol car will not be coming to the UK. Can you please confirm the position. Many thanks.

  2. I do NOT want a hybrid; I want to be able to buy the 1.6 litre petrol-engined CVT version of the new Toyota Corolla saloon. Please make sure it is imported into the UK (otherwise you will have lost a sale…)

  3. I am so glad that compact saloons seem to be making a comeback. I much prefer their look. This corolla saloon looks very sharp and I’ll certainly add it to the shortlist for my next car if its reasonably priced. Thanks for bringing it back to the UK market. Maybe Toyota could include it in a scrappage scheme next year?

  4. Like it a lot but…. No Apple CarPlay!? With the UK being one of the biggest iOS markets in Europe by share, WHY is it that Touch 2 still offers no CarPlay integration? Passing on these comments is not enough any longer @Toyota UK!. When will we hear concrete news that you have put pressure onto Toyota HQ to deliver this feature?

    1. Hi Kevin,

      Thank you for contacting us and it’s great to hear that you like the look of the new Corolla. We appreciate that there has been some negative feedback on our blogs and social channels regarding the issues you mention, which is why we we pass all feedback on to our product team with the aim for future improvements.


      1. I’m with Kevin! In the last 4 years my family and I had 3 toyota (yaris HSD, Prius PHV and C-HR HSD) and no integration with CarPlay and AndroidAuto is unacceptable in 2018/2019! Especially if you think that when Carplay was announced, Toyota was one of the first brand to confirm compatibility!

  5. Completely agree with Malik and Per.

    I love the saloon body-type but unfortunately it will also be a disadvantage for the Corolla in the UK market where most buyers would prefer the HB/TS body-type. The only way to make it more appealing would be to offer the 2.0 Dynamic Force hybrid engine and Direct Shift CVT. Without that it is just another under-powered car with a dated power-train and a potential customer would see no reason to opt for it and go with the Mazda 3 saloon instead.

    Such a shame that Toyota took this decision. Hope the 2.0 Hybrid power-train is planned in the near future.

  6. I like the saloon version…1.8 with auto….but I am concerned about CVT gearbox…would prefer full auto normal gears….had lots of problems with MMT gear box……

  7. Hi there,

    Thanks for getting in touch, it’s great to hear that you like the saloon. As always, we appreciate customer feedback, so thank you for these comments.

  8. In N America and Australia the Corrola is recalled after 700mls with transmission problems.The Sequential transmission fitted inEuropean cars is a throw back from earlier Auris later on replaced by the Prius setup.In order to get any type of performance Corrola will needthe 2 ltr engine at extra cost and even so tourque values are only had near the red line.Can confirm in Sport mode the 1.8 Prius with its ECVT setup is adequate without problems .New Corrola is a great looker but hard to follow this backward step In comparison the new Mazda 3 manual is a super drive and priced accordingly.

  9. considering buying the new corolla in the autumn but one question i cant find an answert to anywhere is does the new corolla’s transmission standard pulley based CVT or eCVT? i hope someone at toyota customer facing department knows the difference because called one of your local dealers and they have no clue what an e-CVT is even though its been used in Prius for a long time.

    1. Hi Jerry,

      Thanks for getting in touch. The engine in the 1.8 and 2.0 Hybrid Corolla is e-CVT automatic. We hope this helps.


      1. From what I understand, an e-CVT does not use the belt-pulley arrangement used in traditional CVTs instead has a planetary gear set.

        But the big question is, in the Toyota official video of direct-shift CVT, a belt-pulley system is shown implying a traditional CVT. Both kind of conflicts each other, doesnt it?

      2. Hi Christo,

        Thanks for getting in touch. The direct-shift CVT is not available for hybrid vehicles but may be available in petrol engines in other markets.


      3. The New corrola is an Automatic with battery assistance.In my opinion not a true hybrid.Talk about playing with words.

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