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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.  

Size

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.

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If you need the ultimate in space – both for passengers and luggage – the larger, more flexible Skoda Superb is your best bet.  

Boot 

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.

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