A car that has stood the test of time, the Toyota Corolla is one of those cars that you just can’t knock. Quietly reliable and as affordable a car as you can get, this is the car that grandmothers, fathers, and even boy racers have driven in some shape or form. But what about the current model? Does it live up to its predecessor’s reputation? Well, let’s take a look and see.
First things first, you’re going to need to decide if you want a hatch or a sedan.
Go with a sedan, and you have three choices;
The hatch offers a couple more choices;
Now, if you think that’s a tad confusing, then you’re not the only one. It’s a little unusual to have so many trims on offer for one car, but that’s how Toyota roll these days.
Each Corolla comes with a 1.8L Dual VVT-i Engine with the Hybrid Hatch being the only exception. It is also a 1.8L but comes with Hybrid Synergy Drive.
The VVT-i engine delivers 173Nm of torque and offers fuel economy of 6.7L/100km in combined highway/urban driving.
With the same engine across the range (Hybrid excluded), you have the benefit of choosing your new Corolla based entirely on aesthetics and onboard tech.
Corolla hatch and sedan models come with a 6-speed manual transmission or a 7-speed CVT transmission. The CVT (continuously variable transmission) is a slightly different option to standard automatic transmissions but offers marginally better performance particularly going up hills as there’s no need for the car to shift gears.
While each model has its own distinct features, all are fitted with bucket-style front seats and have the standard driver’s console with Multi-Information Display. The finish on the panel depends on the model chosen, but they are all pretty much the same.
Seats are all black cloth unless you go for a ZR model which boasts a leather interior. And the back seats in both sedan and hatch models drop down to give extra luggage space.
Corollas across the range have steering wheel controls for safety while the cruise control stalk is located just behind the wheel.
SX and ZR models have Smart Entry and Smart Start which allows you to open and start the car without taking the keys out of your pocket.
Audio and Navigation (if available on your model) is controlled via a large touchscreen which also doubles as a monitor for your reverse camera.
Toyota has invested heavily in safety features throughout the years, and the 2017 iteration of the Corolla reflects this dedication.
As a vehicle that received a 5-Star overall safety rating from the NHTSA, you can say that it’s a pretty safe car.
Oh yes, there are tons of Toyota made accessories that you can add to your Corolla.
You get the idea. There’s a lot to choose from.
As you’d expect, every new Toyota is covered by a 3 year/100,000km warranty while batteries in the Hybrid Hatch is covered for 8 years or 160,000kms.
Servicing is also capped at an affordable rate for the first 3 years or 60,000kms. You’ll need to check this with the dealer, but the latest figures have it set at $140.
Corolla prices vary greatly depending on your choice of trim and transmission but generally speaking the base Ascent Hatch will cost only $20,190 while the top of the range ZR Sedan will set you back $31,920.
However, even the base model at $20k is pretty good value considering the safety features and how economical a car it is.
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