Toyota Corolla Sedan 1000km Road Test Car Reviews | NRMA Motoring & Services

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Toyota Ascent sedan

Toyota Corolla 1000km Test

Value for money

The manual sedan costs the Conquest manual is $25,500 and the automatic is $31,990.


years/100,000 kilometres.


Ascent includes ABS brakes, two airbags, a single in dash CD with MP3 compatibility, power windows and air conditioning.

The best variant is the Conquest, which 16 inch alloys with tyres, cruise control, an in six stack CD, Bluetooth compatibility, rear power windows, a wrapped wheel with controls and a leather wrapped lever.

Conquest also five extra airbags driver’s knee/front seat curtain — for a total of

The Ultima adds keyless with push button start, rain sensing automatic air, automatic gas headlights, permanently illuminated an auto dimming rear mirror and leather upholstery.

metallic paint $300, $1,500, four speed (Ascent and Conquest) $2000.


Approximately 55 percent three years. (Redbook, automatic.)

Design and function

The sedan is designed to appeal to an and some would say smarter, than the hatchback, which is when you look at the two cars.

The hatch looks like a version of the cute little while the sedan looks a smaller version of the Camry.

much more front travel for the driver than plus reach as well as adjustment for the wheel.

The sedan’s is a conservative, conventional layout, a different centre section to the and clearly legible black on instruments in the Ascent.

The audio unit, at the top of the centre section, is reached, while the air conditioning is very user friendly, the old style three big rotary for temperature, fan speed and vent

There’s plenty of places to your bits and pieces, a cavernous centre console two equally large gloveboxes and bins that can hold bottles.

Vision is clear the car.


The 2007 is the tenth generation Corolla.

The model was launched in Japan in Its name means crown of Australia was its first export with initial deliveries in May

It’s the world’s biggest badge, with 32 million to its credit in its 40 year history.

somewhere in the world, in one of the 140 countries it’s sold, someone another Toyota Corolla 23.2 seconds.

The new model is stronger and heavier than its gaining a significant 50-180 kg, upon equipment.

The sedan and have different styling, but are built on the same platform and identical powertrains and running

The sedan is much bigger the previous model — longer and 65 mm wider.

The 1.8 is a new engine, all alloy construction and, in a first, variable valve on the exhaust and inlet camshafts.

It 100kW of power at 6000rpm and of torque at 4400rpm.

It’s with six speed manual and speed automatic transmissions.

The new carries improved running including MacPherson strut beam rear suspension more sophisticated dampers, new stabiliser bars, aluminium calipers, larger brake and electric power steering.

has 15 inch steel wheels 195/65 tyres; other have 16 inch alloys 205/55 tyres. A full spare (on a steel wheel) is on all models.

The 2007 Corolla, fitted seven airbags, scored stars out of five in Euro crash tests. Traction and control are presently unavailable, but will be available from 2008, when the availability of control becomes a qualifying for the maximum NCAP score.

The Corolla has not yet been rated by Insurance.

We have driven Corolla variants and the most driver’s seat is in the base Ascent sedan. It has more cushion padding than from Toyota, and is fine on a journey.

Space and practicality

We dug out a set of old test notes on a 1997 — the 3.0 litre V6 Vienta VXi to see if our initial impression that the new sedan feels as big as an older was correct.

And, from the seat at least, it is. There’s front seat travel and Rear seat legroom in the new is comparable to the Camry when the driver’s seat is pushed back. It is also fractionally than in the hatch, due to the different of the front seats.

Toyota Ascent sedan

Rear seat width measured at the cushion edges is actually comparable to the current

Four adults can travel comfortably in the new sedan.

The sedan’s volume is equally impressive and to be within 10 percent of Commodore.

and finish quality

The previous felt tinny. This one The sedan’s body is more and rigid than the hatchback’s. At model level, there’s of grey plastic, but fit and finish was And, being a Corolla, we can guarantee that you will no problems with it as long as you it regularly serviced. Speaking of standard services cost $120 each for the first years/60,000 km, whichever comes

On the road

Fuel efficiency

standard test averages are litres/100km, depending upon These are good numbers by standards, especially given the that the new Corolla is a significantly heavier car and, unlike rivals, it runs happily on 91 octane unleaded.

Corolla’s dioxide emissions — 172 to 180 grams/km — are also low.

Manual versions four and a half stars out of in the Green Vehicle Guide; score three and a half


We have driven an manual and an Ultima automatic.

The 1.8 struggled a bit with three big on board in the Ultima sedan, but were acceptably smooth, with wide gaps ratios. The four speed is a more harmonious match this engine than the 1.8.

However the extra can’t be disguised, and the new model is slower than its predecessor. and economy would benefit a five speed auto, but probably have to wait for the model for that.

At 100 km/h in the auto Corolla’s engine is over at 2500rpm; in sixth, the 1.8 is doing 2700 rpm at the same

If you prefer a manual, you’ll the six speed Ascent. It really the most of the engine’s performance. It also use significantly less than the auto around the gearbox action is light and and it was the smoothest and quietest of the four (including two hatchbacks) we have over the past few months.

The ride quality is compliant, and comfortable, even on poor surfaces, with less and harshness than the previous though the hatch can still get a bit on choppy surfaces.

The Ascent is the pick of the range, it has more ride oriented (with slightly taller than the other variants.

and steering

The new Corolla is a tighter, composed drive than its and again the sedan is superior to the in its rigidity and roadholding.

However cornering remains outside the engineering brief. Rivals as the Mazda 3 and Ford Focus are responsive, enjoyable handlers. The dynamics are more comparable the Honda Civic or Hyundai

Braking performance is adequate.

Toyota Ascent sedan
Toyota Ascent sedan
Toyota Ascent sedan


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