2013 Toyota Corolla Sedan — Top Gear Reviews

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2013 Toyota Corolla

The sedan version of Australia’s car, designed to add more and space to the Corolla equation. 80mm longer overall the previous sedan, with an 100mm stretch to the wheelbase.

are three grades, base (likely to be the volume-seller), mid-range SX, and ZR.

Why should I care?

It pushes the of small car to the limit. Rear legroom is limo-like, and like its key (Mazda3 and Hyundai i30), the four door delivers value for money.

What’s new it?

Toyota says it applied a plan to guide this development, focusing on design, interior space, (user-friendly) equipment, and driving dynamics. The makes greater use of more ‘soft-touch’ materials, the suspension and have been tuned (in for local conditions, and the ‘Toyota infotainment system, on the two higher variants, delivers a bunch of smart phone enabled accessed via touch-screen.

That’s all fine. What’s it to drive fast?

Single option is a 103kW/173Nm 1.8-litre driving the front wheels either a six-speed manual or CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission). A diff ratio to optimise economy compromises acceleration to the hatch, and 0-100km/h takes a leisurely 9.3secs in the manual, and 9.8 in the

But like the hatch, it’s is good dynamically, just 10 to 15 per softer. The electrically-assisted steering is still sharp, while the tune and spring rates on the front, torsion beam suspension have been off, and ride comfort is the

Tyres are 195/65 wrapped 15 inch steel rims on the with the SX and ZR picking up 205/55s on 16 alloys. The fatter, lower rubber makes a discernible to steering response and outright but there’s no 215/45 x 17 option, as per versions of the hatch.

The manual is positive, and a stepped, shift mode on the CVT works if you’re keen for a fang, the droning nature of the auto makes its presence felt

And driving from home to the in the city?

A launch drive north east Tassie several hundred km, including freeways and suburban crawls, and the sedan soaks up bumps and calmly and quietly.

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The interior is conservative but spacious, nicely and comfortable. The ‘Toyota Link’ (standard on SX and ZR) provides instant on things like the nearest station, weather updates, accommodation, and restaurants, through the touch-screen display audio All models feature six-speaker controlled through a 6.1-inch

How much would I have to pay for And is it worth the coin?

The entry Ascent weighs in at $20,740, and cruise control, reversing and sonars, multi-information speedo and hands-free mobile connection. The SX adds the 16-inch alloys the spare), front fogs, an instrument package, as well as entry and start, and front sonars.

Predicted to account for just to 10percent of Corolla sedan the $30,990 ZR ticks off climate-control rain-sensing wipers, LED headlights and running lamps, sat-nav, seats (with eight-way adjustment for the driver) and paddle connected to the standard CVT.

about a performance model?


If after a sporty Corolla until recently something of an your better bet is the ZR Levin of the hatch. No powerhouse, but an entertaining

Would you take this or the

That’s the $64,000 question in the car market this year, as two will undoubtedly arm wrestle for the top sales slot. The Mazda is dynamically, with sweet balance and communicative steering, but the sedan wins on accommodation and comfort. Horses for courses.

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