Toyota Camry review - Practicality, comfort and boot space
Bucketloads of interior and load space, but saloon boot limits the Camry’s versatility
Unlike rivals including the Skoda Superb, Peugeot 508 and Vauxhall Insignia – whose hatchback versions are joined by estates in their respective ranges – the Toyota Camry is available only as a saloon. This limits versatility slightly but overall space for both passengers and luggage is impressive. However, despite the Camry’s size, cabin storage is not great; rivals offer more in the way of cubbies.
Elsewhere, the relatively high driving position affords a decent view out, while a standard parking camera, all-round parking sensors and a large glasshouse make parking easier than you might expect.
The Camry measures in at 4,885mm long, 1,445mm high and 1,840mm wide. This is more or less on a par with the Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport, but the Skoda Superb still reigns supreme in terms of size, storage space and overall practicality.
Leg room, head room & passenger space
Despite not quite matching the Skoda Superb, the Toyota Camry is still a spacious car. There’s ample space in the rear for three adults to sit in comfort, with loads of leg and headroom. The front seats are comfortable and offer a good range of adjustment, with both heated as standard and with power-adjustable lumbar support – though not everyone will enjoy the high driving position. Access to the rear seats via large rear doors is good, while two ISOfix points in the rear are provided.
If you need the ultimate in space – both for passengers and luggage – the larger, more flexible Skoda Superb is your best bet.
The Toyota Camry has a large load area that measures in at 524 litres; 34 litres more than you find in a Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport but 101 litres shy of the Skoda Superb. While the Camry’s boot is sensibly shaped, it suffers from a relatively small opening versus its rivals, and while the rear seats fold with a 60/40 split, the Camry can’t quite match its more practically shaped large hatchback rivals in this regard.
In this review
- 1VerdictThe Toyota Camry is spacious, comfortable and efficient – a safe bet for families and fleet drivers alike
- 2Engines, performance and driveDriving fun is pretty much absent, but the Camry is comfortable and refined
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsThe Camry boasts low emissions, relatively good fuel economy and strong residual values for its class
- 4Interior, design and technologyThe Camry looks smart and is well built, but poor infotainment lets it down
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot space - currently readingBucketloads of interior and load space, but saloon boot limits the Camry’s versatility
- 6Reliability and SafetyThe Camry should prove reliable and safe. The five-year warranty is a bonus