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.

Toyota Ascent sedan

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 five to 10percent of Corolla sales, the $30,990 ZR ticks off air, rain-sensing wipers, LED and daytime running lamps, leather-‘accented’ seats (with power adjustment for the driver) and shifters connected to the standard

What about a performance

If you’re after a sporty experience, until recently of an oxymoron, your better bet is the ZR version of the hatch. No powerhouse, but an drive.

Would you take or the Mazda3?

That’s the $64,000 in the Australian car market this as these two will undoubtedly arm for the top (overall) sales slot. The is superior dynamically, with chassis balance and communicative but the Corolla sedan wins on and ride comfort. Horses for

Toyota Ascent sedan

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