Toyota Corolla

4/5
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Verdict

The Toyota Corolla is only available as a saloon after Toyota made the decision to try and appeal to a younger, more Volkswagen Golf-directed audience by turning the hatchback Corolla into the Auris – which is also proving itself to be popular both as a hatch and as a sports tourer. While the Corolla has never been perceived as the most “exciting” or “fun” car in the world, it still has mass appeal that has people marching to showrooms around the globe.

Performance

There are three engines available to the Irish market, two petrol and one diesel. The diesel option is by far the most economical and Toyota quotes a combined fuel economy of 3.8 litres per 100 km with the 1.4 litre D-4D engine. This engine gives maximum power of 90 bhp and according to Toyota it will bring you from 0-100 km/h in 12.5 seconds. The petrol choices are the 1.6 litre Valvematic and the 1.33 litre Dual VVT-i. The 1.6 litre model has an on-paper combined fuel economy of 5.6 litres per 100 km and we’re told that it will bring the driver from 0-100 km/h in 11.1 seconds. The 1.33 litre engine will offer the same in 12.6 seconds.

Ride & Handling

While the Corolla may not offer buckets of fun what it does offer is a smooth ride. The steering is good while light and it’s easy to manoeuvre this vehicle around cities and towns. The diesel version makes itself heard as the foot is put down for motorway speeds but once it gets there it is smooth. The best approach for a car like this is not to put the foot down and to let speed gradually increase as this will make things a lot smoother.

Refinement

At cruising speed the Corolla is a refined enough vehicle. However, it would not be as well-padded as the Avensis and even in the updated Auris the road noise seems less audible.

Quality & Reliability

Entry level Corolla models can feel very dull and grey. However, like with other vehicles, the more you spend the better you get. As you climb the trim chart you will find that furnishing becomes more comfortable and padded. The dash is nicely laid out and the infotainment system is easy to use. The Corolla is fitted with Toyota’s Touch 2 touch screen and the system is intuitive. It connects easily to Bluetooth too.

Safety & Security

Toyota has buckets of experience when it comes to making the Corolla a safe vehicle. It has been around since 1966 and therefore it should be no surprise to anyone that it received a full five stars in the Euro NCAP. It scored excellently for both adult and child occupancy with respective scores of 94% and 82%. For pedestrian safety it received 67%. The Corolla comes with a mix of seven airbags which include a driver’s knee airbag and full-length side curtain shield airbags.

Space & Practicality

This is possibly one of the reasons for the huge success of the Corolla around the globe. This is a very versatile car. It can easily fit four adults and a fifth person would not prove too uncomfortable either. Leg and room to the front and rear creates no issues.

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Key Facts

Make

Toyota

Model
Corolla
Variant
1.33 Dual VVT-i Terra
Trim
Terra
Car Category
Family Saloon
First Launched
2013
Engine (L)
1.3
Gearbox Type
Manual
Gears
6 speed
Fuel type
Petrol
Body Type
Saloon
Price New
€20,995
CBG Expert Rating
4.0

Running Costs

Tax
€270
Tax Band
B1
L/100km Combined
5.6
Average km/L
17.9
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
55
Fuel Tank Range
982 km
Cost of filling a tank
€72.27
Average Cost Per 200 km
€14.72
CO2 emmissions
129 g/km
CO2 emmissions standard
EU6

Performance

Brake Horsepower
100 bhp
Max Power kW
75
Displacement - CC (Engine)
1329
Engine Cylinders
4
Engine Position
Front, transversely
Number of valves
4
Driven Wheels
Front
Aspiration
Turbo
Top speed
180 (km/h)
Acceleration(0-100 km/h)
12.6 s
L/100km Urban
7.20 L
L/100km Extra Urban
4.70 L

Space & Practicality

Body Type
Saloon
Doors
4
Seats
5
Boot capacity
452 L

Warranty

All Components
3 Year warranty
Engine, Gearbox and Drivetrain
3 Year warranty
Car Body
12 Year warranty
Paintwork
3 Year warranty for paint defects
Mileage
100,000
Roadside Assistance
3 Year Roadside Assistance

Dimensions

Boot capacity
452 L
Wheels
Front wheel drive
Tyre size front
195/65 R15 mm
Tyre size back
195/65 R15 mm
Length
4620 mm
Width
1775 mm
Height
1465 mm
Wheel Base
2700 mm
Front Track (mm)
1465
Rear Track (mm)
1535
Kerb weight
1225 KG
Max trailer Weight (Kg)
1735
Turning circle (m)
11.4

Technical Information

Engine Configuration
Inline
Engine Type
Front, transversely
Fuel Delivery
Multi-point injection
Front Suspension
Independent, Spring McPherson, with stabilizer
Rear Suspension
Torsion
Front Brakes
Ventilated discs
Rear Brakes
Disc
Steering
Steering rack
Power
100 bhp
8 Variants
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Saloon
€20,995
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 6 speed
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €270
  • Boot Capacity 452 L
  • Engine Size 1.3 L
  • Power 100 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 12.6 s
  • New Price €20,995
Saloon
€21,995
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 6 speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €180
  • Boot Capacity 452 L
  • Engine Size 1.4 L
  • Power 90 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 12.5 s
  • New Price €21,995
Saloon
€22,995
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 6 speed
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €270
  • Boot Capacity 452 L
  • Engine Size 1.3 L
  • Power 100 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 12.6 s
  • New Price €22,995
Saloon
€23,400
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 6 speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €190
  • Boot Capacity 452 L
  • Engine Size 1.4 L
  • Power 90 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 12.5 s
  • New Price €23,400
Saloon
€23,890
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 6 speed
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €270
  • Boot Capacity 452 L
  • Engine Size 1.3 L
  • Power 100 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 12.6 s
  • New Price €23,890
Saloon
€24,650
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 6 speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €190
  • Boot Capacity 452 L
  • Engine Size 1.4 L
  • Power 90 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 12.5 s
  • New Price €24,650
Saloon
€25,995
i
  • Gearbox Automatic
  • Gears 6 speed
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €270
  • Boot Capacity 452 L
  • Engine Size 1.6 L
  • Power 132 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 11.1 s
  • New Price €25,995
Saloon
€26,790
i
  • Gearbox Automatic
  • Gears 6 speed
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €270
  • Boot Capacity 452 L
  • Engine Size 1.6 L
  • Power 132 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 11.1 s
  • New Price €26,790