Design and Engineering

Design and Engineering

Good Arriving in Australia October 2012 the 11th generation of the world's best-selling car, you guessed it the Toyota Corolla. Featuring a youthful, sleeker and more streamlined appearance. Toyota has definitely injected some life into the old Corolla name plate, with the new Corolla’s styling geared more towards the male species, featuring sharp aerodynamic lines and a lower centre of gravity. The modern styling brings the Corolla into line with the Yaris, Prius C, Prius V and Rav 4 model line-up. We think the muscular and sharper styling of the Toyota Corolla is a huge step in the right direction.
Not so good Because of the sharper looks and more masculine appeal (not that we have any problems with it), females might find the Corolla too boyish for them.
Interior and Styling

Interior and Styling

Good The noticeably lower hip point and steering-column angle create a more driver orientated position. Generous side seat bolstering keep you and your passenger from sliding around when cornering hard. The seats are also pretty comfortable too, and although they have good levels of bolstering they aren't as narrow as some sports seats on the market (so they're big bodied friendly). Toyota says they have added extensive soundproofing to reduce engine and road noise – we believe they have made a good effort as there is minimal noise inside the cabin. The interior also features a host of soft touch materials that are present on the dash and door trims. The chrome-ringed speedo and tacho add a touch of class to the cabin and are pleasing to the eyes, at night time the clear white numbers on the black background are really effective.
Not so good The flat dash looks bland and dated. There isn't any shape to the dash and the touch screen multimedia system looks like it’s just been shoved in.
Performance

Performance

Good The Toyota Corolla is powered by a revised 1.8-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, producing 103kW of power and 173Nm of torque when matched to a 6-speed manual as standard. There is also a seven-speed sequential MultiDrive S-CVT transmission with a stepped seven-speed Sport mode. The 6-speed manual has a well weighted clutch and a nicely positioned gear lever that is easy to use and ensures smooth and quick changes.
Not so good The 1.8-litre four-cylinder petrol engine lacks low down torque (i.e. a turbo diesel, which Toyota are unlikely to release in Australia anytime soon), requiring you to really rev the engine before you get going. But there is great mid to high end torque once you get going.
Ride and Handling

Ride and Handling

Good The revised suspension, steering and seating position offer drivers a more engaging experience. The Corolla's MacPherson strut front suspension has also been revised while Toyota says front and rear springs and shock absorbers have been fine-tuned for ride comfort, improved stability and excellent steering response. The electric power steering feels more direct, providing greater response with improved driver feedback and greater agility. A lighter and more rigid body shell mixed with the revised suspension and steering makes the Corolla a fun car to drive.
Not so good Nothing to report here, the Corolla is a fun and comfortable car to drive.
Buying and Owning

Buying and Owning

Good Achieving a 5 Star ANCAP rating, every Corolla comes with seven airbags, vehicle stability and traction control and ABS brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist. Toyota also backs their cars with a 3 Year / 100,000km warranty. Plus, Toyota offers capped price servicing of $130 for each of up to six scheduled logbook services in the first three years or 60,000km. There’s no denying Corolla is the world's best-selling vehicle with more than 39 million units sold in over 140 countries since the first-generation car was introduced way back in 1966. So does the 11th generation have what it takes to continue the tradition, I guess we’ll just have to wait to find out.
Not so good Overall, the Corolla is a solid package, however under the skin it’s the same engine, same platform and without any new technology since the last generation – except the seven-speed MultiDrive S-CVT transmission. But, like American businessman Bert Lance said back in 1977 “If it ain’t broke, don't fix it.”