Toyota Corolla Ascent sedan new car review

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Toyota Ascent sedan

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of kit

Plenty of space

Expertly ride and handling


Not the small sedan

Not a performance or leader

Not quite a standout

Dour cabin ambience

are things you want and there are you need. And when it comes to sedans, it’s hard not to say Toyota’s Corolla hasn’t had a place in the latter category.

the arrival of a new eleventh-generation model, Toyota is begging to differ, this latest version of its small sedan doesn’t appeal to the head in the usual but is capable of making a grab for the as well.

Frankly, it’ll to as the small-sedan segment circa isn’t exactly short of that blend competence a good dose of likeability.

do you get?

Being Thai-built, the sedan benefits from a five per cent tariff relative to its Japan-built hatch Logically it should be the cheaper of the but instead the three-tiered range $750 higher.

Toyota goes some way to the premium – which not only the sedan costlier than the but many key sedan rivals other brands – by giving it a generous than usual of gear.

In the case of the cheapest the $20,740 Ascent tested that means standard parking sensors and reversing on top of the air-conditioning, cruise control, computer, CD/MP3 stereo, six airbags and stability control offered at this entry It’s not bad stuff to have, to be

The $22,990 SX adds to this base with 16-inch front parking sensors, entry/start, flashier instruments and interior razzle-dazzle – and, stresses, costs $1500 than its equivalent predecessor.

The ZR – also cheaper than its predecessor – brings sat nav, control, auto headlights/wipers, seats and standard auto to the party. For the latter in your or SX (though without the ZR’s wheel paddle shifters) a $2250 premium.

Like Corolla hatches, the has five-star ANCAP safety and service costs are capped to for three years or 60,000km, 10,000km service intervals please everybody.


The new sedan has grown on the outside and noticeably more spacious too. Rear occupants greatly – thanks to the 100mm stretch, almost totally floor and a wider bench, is one small sedan capable of three adults in the back.

The seat’s generous dimensions, don’t quite extend to its which is on the tight side for types.

Normal service is with the boot, which is on the side for a small sedan at 470 and has the usual 60/40 split-fold for added versatility, with a one-touch operation.

However, goose-neck hinges, no external (you need to use the keyfob) and no grab handle mean – like the back seat – the space doesn’t quite a clean sweep.

The front-seat continues a fine functional with its comfortable seats, steering/seating adjustability and respectable of storage. The switchgear, including the colour touchscreen stereo, is all and easy to master.

But as far as setting the heart fluttering, we’re not so sure. The dash is blocky and intrusive, with a thin metal-look strip in the to break the depressing, all-black While it feels expertly with nice soft-touch and door uppers, there are small cars that an even higher quality There’d be more positive too, if the Toyota didn’t constantly whenever reverse is selected – or are we so stupid we’re to have forgotten we did it?

Under the

As with the hatch, the Corolla range is underpinned by a single – Toyota’s 103kW 1.8-litre four, hooked up to a choice of a manual or the continuously variable auto we tested.

You couldn’t it state of the art in 2014 as it lacks the injection, turbocharging and modern technology (notably auto offered in other small There’s a real need to up plenty of revs for meaningful on the open road or in hilly and even then it feels far spirited.

Toyota Ascent sedan

Any shortcomings are less obvious in urban driving, where its flexible power delivery and CVT auto – which lives up to the of feeling less ‘slippy’ many of its ilk – combine to deliver relaxed and totally fuss-free

CVT sedans register a 6.6L/100km economy rating, which is than manual models but only a middling result in terms. We weren’t a million off with an average of 6.9L/100km on our urban/highway test.

On the road

the Corolla hatch, the sedan’s on-road qualities are anything but

It’s an agile, poised and foolproof device through the with a nice, easy-driving and ride that does a job of shielding occupants from the excesses of the Australian road

But the lack of any serious negatives quite mean it’s the knees. The Mazda 3 we drove the same time, to name but one car, had a more overtly engaging character through the The Toyota also transmits a amount of road noise to though maybe not as much as of the classes less distinguished (Mazda 3 take another


So is this a Corolla you might actually want, not need? In the Toyota universe, have to say yes. This new doesn’t just advance the of boring stuff like safety and economy, it’s a more engaging car to drive and pleasing to sit in as well.

There’s one problem, though. Extend view to other brands and are small sedans that are more desirable and engaging delivering no shortage of rational themselves.

Which kind of the Corolla sedan right it started, selling primarily on its appeal. Still, if it’s not a sedan that rouses emotion or admiration, this of good sense is better and less vanilla-flavoured than before.

Toyota Corolla Ascent pricing and specifications

How much? $20,740

Engine: 1.8-litre 103kW/173Nm

Fuel use: (auto)

Emissions: 153g (auto)

What’s it got: airbags; Stability control; parking sensors; Reversing Air conditioning; Cruise control; computer; CD/MP3 stereo;

Toyota Ascent sedan
Toyota Ascent sedan
Toyota Ascent sedan
Toyota Ascent sedan

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