Toyota Corolla Review | 2013 First Drive — Ascent, Ascent Sport, Levin…

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2013 Toyota Corolla Drive

2013 TOYOTA REVIEW

Vehicle style: five-door hatch

Price:


Engine: 1.8 litre petrol four. | Power: 103kW/173Nm

use claimed: 7.1 l/00km man, 6.6 CVT | 6.8l/100km CVT

The Toyota Corolla. the popular car on the planet, has been

Now in its eleventh generation, the new Corolla is a big improvement over its predecessor, substantial gains in driveability and

Its edgy exterior styling attention — it looks in the metal — but, the skin, the new Corolla is more steady evolution than innovation.

And don’t go looking for technologies, a constantly-variable transmission is the most apparent of the engineering

The 1.8 litre engine is a mild of the old 1.8, and although it’s got a few kilowatts it produces slightly torque. The platform is also the as is the general suspension layout.

But it’s more generously than before, and the price has the entry-level Corolla Ascent now in under the $20,000 barrier.

The new will do well; it is what it to be — an improved, better, Corolla.

THE INTERIOR

There are big inside. Gone is the previous hatch’s flying buttress-style console, replaced by a more centre console and an upright

The soft-touch materials on the dash and trims have a quality and feel; there is a sense of and robustness to the cabin accommodation and typically Toyota — fit and is of a high standard.

We do, however, the last generation Corolla’s glovebox. The way the gearshift was perched up in the older model was also an feature.

Toyota says the seating position has been by 40mm, but we still felt we were perched a little too That might be because the height has also been by some 55mm, leading to an reduction in headroom.

Otherwise, front seat is good (even more so in the seats in the Levin models), and the of the primary controls is excellent.

plenty of legroom in the back too than the last-gen Corolla, and more than the Corolla’s rival, the Mazda3), but headroom can be for tall occupants and the rear could do with a little under-thigh support.

We’ve got a of gripes about the interior

While the instrument cluster on the models gets a premium-looking trip computer screen and LCD touchscreen display, the seven-segment LCD and climate control display jar a

Some consistency in the presentation of parts would be appreciated.

thing we’d like to see is the of the cruise control stalk. It cheap, and there’s plenty of on the steering wheel for cruise buttons.

Standard equipment is though. All models get power power mirrors, Bluetooth cruise control, stability and seven airbags.

Move up the range to the Levin SX and features like sat-nav, a camera and 17-inch alloys are

The range-topping Levin ZR goes further, with leather LED daytime running lamps, climate control, a push-button and bi-xenon headlamps finding way onto the spec sheet. Not bad for

In-cabin storage is decent, a fair-sized glovebox and a lidded console bin, plus pockets in each door and map behind each front

The rear seatbacks feature a split, and luggage capacity from 280 litres with the seats up to 1120 litres them folded down.

measurably smaller than other small hatches, typically have between litres of seats-up storage.

ON THE

With just 103kW and the Corolla’s 1.8 litre petrol four is no firecracker.

It’s at its once the tachometer swings 3500rpm and despite the torque being wider than it doesn’t have as much grunt as cars like the VW 90TSI or Ford Focus

The standard transmission is a six-speed which is largely a carry-over but now has an gearset with better feel.

It doesn’t like to be through its gate though, and the between ratios are quite for a six-speeder. Even when at redline, the revs will well below the engine’s peak.

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A much better and a more suitable match for the 1.8 is the CVT automatic, which adds to the purchase price but delivers big in driveability.

By constantly adjusting its ratio, the CVT always has the perfect for whichever situation, although the is a monotonous engine note of a linear ascent through the rev during acceleration.

It’s as CVTs go, with little noise and good off-idle (both of which are typical CVT

Toyota has also provided the CVT both a sport and manual mode, each of which seven fixed-ratios for a sportier experience.

Suspension-wise, the 2013 Corolla better than its predecessor.

A centre-of-gravity plus a stiffer allows the suspension to work and although it uses a relatively MacPherson Strut front and beam rear layout, the handles itself well in a

The faster steering-rack gives turn-in response, although the feels light and uncommunicative.

is good on the standard Yokohama pushing the Corolla too hard in predictable understeer.

It’s far sporty though, and the sharp-handling and very capable Golf be challenged by the Corolla’s dynamics.

DRIVE VERDICT

Okay, so hasn’t been quite as with the eleventh-gen Corolla as hoped.

While its competitors moved on to direct injection, turbocharging and twin-clutch transmissions, the sticks to a proven path.

good style, a long list and solid pricing, new Corolla is a well-finished, competent and small hatch with a lot to younger buyers.

On value alone, the Corolla has a lot to it. Things like Toyota’s of a $130 cap on scheduled servicing is reason why it deserves a close

It’s not especially exciting, but not meant to be.

The Corolla is meant to be easy to drive and good It’s a known quantity, and in respect the 2013 Corolla the mark.

Stay tuned for reviews of the 2013 Toyota range.

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