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Toyota Corolla

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Toyota Corolla

The Toyota Corolla is one of the best cars in the class

Engine Engine power Fuel consumption Fuel type 0-100 (0-60) Top speed
1.4 D-4D 90 hp 4.8 l/100km Diesel 13.3 s 180 km/h
1.4 16V VVT-i 97 hp 6.7 l/100km Petrol 12 s 185 km/h
1.6 16V VVT-i 110 hp 7 l/100km Petrol 10.2 s 190 km/h
2.0 D-4D 116 hp 5.6 l/100km Diesel 10.6 s 189 km/h
1.8 16V T-Sport 192 hp 8.9 l/100km Petrol 8.4 s 225 km/h

Body type Hatchback
Number of doors 3/5
Number of seats 5
Engine position Front
Driven wheels Front
Length 4 180 mm
Width 1 710 mm
Height 1 475 mm
Wheelbase 2 600 mm
Ground clearance 155 mm
Weight (normal) 1 130 kg
Weight (max) 1 655 kg
Boot space (min) 289 l
Boot space (max) 960 l
Fuel capacity 55 l


   The latest model of the Toyota Corolla was produced between 2001 and 2006. It is available as a hatchback, sedan or estate. In 2004 it received a minor facelift.

   The Corolla is powered by three petrol and two diesel engines. The entry-level 1.4-liter turbocharged diesel isn't quick, but pulls well. The 2.0-liter diesel is a willing performer and fuel saver. The Corolla T-Sport is powered by the top of the range 1.8-liter Celica's petrol engine, developing 192 hp and delivering excellent performance at high revs.

   The Toyota Corolla handles and grips well. It's cornering balance is not as good as the VW Golf's, but it still has a responsive steering and good body stability.

   Corolla's cabin is well isolated from wind and road noises, however some engine noise is heard at the motorway speeds. Surprisingly the 1.4-liter diesel is exceptionally quiet, but the 2.0-liter D-4D will let you know about it. The T-Sport model is rather noisy.

   The Toyota Corolla isn't the cheapest car in the category, however it features good fuel economy and good resale values as well. Furthermore the Toyota is well known for it's excellent reliability, so you can expect this car to run for ages.

   Inside the cabin everything is made up to the highest standard from the classy materials, although the interior is not as smart as of the class leaders. A dash layout is very clear.

   Driver's position is comfortable thanks to both ways adjustable seat and steering wheel. The Corolla is relatively small, but there is still enough of the head- shoulder- and legroom for the rear passengers. The boot is small, but well shaped.

   Toyota Corolla features twin front, side and curtain airbags as standard, as well as the ABS. Furthermore it has an improved anti-theft security measures.

   Even entry-level Corollas are well equipped. It comes with air-conditioning, electric front windows and electric mirrors, CD player and remote central locking as standard.


   Advantages: It is one of the best cars in the class, featuring excellent reliability.

   Disadvantages: The entry-level turbodiesel needs to be worked hard.

   Also consider: Honda Civic, Mazda 3.


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