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Damn, the New Toyota Corolla Wagon Looks Good

Car and Driver logo Car and Driver 9/4/2018 Joey Capparella

Damn, the New Toyota Corolla Wagon Looks Good: Toyota has a new Corolla wagon for the European market, and it looks good enough for us to wish it were coming to the U.S.© Provided by Car and Driver Toyota has a new Corolla wagon for the European market, and it looks good enough for us to wish it were coming to the U.S.

Toyota’s attractive new Corolla hatchback has injected the Corolla nameplate with a shot of energy, with enticing styling and a significantly better driving experience. In Europe, the Corolla renaissance is going a step further with a new wagon version called the Corolla Touring Sports-and we love the way it looks.

Granted, Toyota has been selling small wagons on the Continent for years now, but this is the first time one of them has worn the Corolla name; previously, Toyota sold its range of compacts across the pond under the Auris moniker, but that’s been scrapped with this latest generation. Plus, the Auris wagon never looked as good as the Corolla Touring Sports does, with its aggressive but not overwrought front end, chunky side profile, and nice detailing. 

a car parked on the side of a mountain: Toyota Corolla wagon front© Car and Driver Toyota Corolla wagon front

Although it probably goes without saying, the wagon features a different roofline than the Corolla hatch, and its wheelbase is a few inches longer, too. More space is on offer inside, with a larger cargo area and fold-flat rear seats that maximize the practicality of this bodystyle.

Unlike in the U.S., Toyota is emphasizing hybrid powertrains for the Euro Corolla lineup, and the wagon comes with either a turbocharged 1.2-liter four-cylinder or a choice of two gas-electric drivetrains, one with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder and another with a 2.0-liter four. A diesel engine has been dropped from the lineup, like with the hatchback, as Toyota moves away from this engine type across its European lineup. 

Toyota Corolla wagon cargo© Car and Driver Toyota Corolla wagon cargo

We reached out to Toyota to see whether or not the wagon version of the Corolla has any chance of making its way to the U.S. market, but we wouldn’t hold our breath. Toyota hasn’t sold a Corolla wagon here—or a wagon of any kind, for that matter—since the 1990s, and the market for compact longroofs in America is so small that it probably wouldn’t make any business sense. Even so, we’ll be able to see more of the Corolla Touring Sports when it makes its official debut at the Paris auto show in a few weeks, and we think it would make a pretty great basis for a revived Corolla All-Trac to do battle with the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack.

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