Predictably, you're going to need to find a little more for this full-Hybrid Corolla Commercial than you might have expected to pay for an ordinary compact van. The on the road price is around £24,500 - excluding the reclaimable VAT. Still, at least you get passenger car-like specification for that. Standard features include a full metal bulkhead and a much improved an 8-inch multimedia display incorporating smartphone integration with 'Apple CarPlay' and 'Android Auto', plus over-the-air updates, voice recognition and a reversing camera. You also get automatic headlights, heated and power adjustable door mirrors, dual-zone air conditioning and heated, height-adjustable seats with power lumbar adjustment for the driver.
This van is also equipped with a much improved portfolio of 'Toyota Safety Sense' active safety and driver assistance systems, benefitting from a new front camera that covers a much wider field ahead of the car, with extended reach both left/right and up/down. The distance of forward detection has been doubled compared to the scope of the previous hardware. Likewise, the coverage of the front millimetre-wave radar has been extended so that it can detect obstacles closer to the front of the car than before.
This increased detection capability makes the Pre-Collision System effective in more urban traffic scenarios, including recognition of potential head-to-head collisions. The Emergency Steering Assist system helps the driver keep the car within its traffic line when trying to avoid a hazard such as a pedestrian, cyclist, parked car, or - thanks to the detection enhancements - motorcyclist. The Full Range Adaptive Cruise Control has been revised to give faster response and to operate in a way that feels more natural to the driver. Plus new systems have been added for safer overtaking: Overtake Prevention Support prevents unintentional overtaking on the wrong side of a vehicle (“undertaking”); and Preliminary Deceleration/Turn Signal Linked Control helps the driver safely rejoin the traffic lane at an appropriate speed and distance from other vehicles.
The Lane Trace Assist system has also been adjusted to operate with a more natural feel. And when the Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Trace Assist are operating, an Emergency Driving Stop system will monitor driver inputs. If these stop (ie. your use of steering wheel, brake and accelerator) over a certain time, it will sound a warning and, if the driver doesn't respond, bring the car slowly to a stop and activate the hazard lights. The Road Sign Assist feature has been improved so that the speed limiter can easily be adjusted to match traffic sign information - useful, for example, when driving near schools or entering spaces shared with pedestrians. And Proactive Driving Assist is a new function that provides a range of safeguards when driving in low-speed areas such as town centres.