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

New Price
€20,995
Make

Toyota

Model
Corolla
Variant
1.33 Dual VVT-i Terra
First year of model production
2013
Engine (L)
1.3
Transmission
Manual
Gears
6 speed
Fuel type
Petrol
Body Type
Saloon

Running Costs

Tax
€270
Tax Band
B1
Average Cost Per 200KM
€14.72
Cost of filling a tank
€72.27
Average L/100km
5.6
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
55
Fuel Tank Range (km)
982
CO2 Emissions (g/km)
129
Emission Standard EU
EU6

Performance

Driven Wheels
Front
Brake Horsepower
100
Top Speed
180 (kmh)
Acceleration (0-100 km/h)
12.6
Cylinders
4
Aspiration
Turbo

Space & Practicality

Doors
4
Seats
5
Boot capacity (L)
452
Air Conditioning
Manual air conditioning
Power Steering
Electric Power Steering
Cruise Control
No
Bluetooth
Yes
Parking Sensors
Available
Reversing Camera
No
Hill Hold Assist System
Hill-start Assist Control
USB Connectivity
Yes
Front Cup Holders
Yes
High Adjustable Seats
Yes
Folding Rear Seats
60:40 split-folding rear seats
Rear Cup Holders
Yes
Automatic Parking
No information available
Tyre Size Front
195/65 R15
Tyre Size Back
195/65 R15

Warranty

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