2014 Toyota Corolla review | sedan first drive | carsguide.com.au

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2014 Toyota Corolla | sedan first drive

No panels are shared between the Corolla sedan and hatch. Gallery

Joshua Dowling tests and reviews the new 2014 Corolla with specs, economy and verdict.

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AN all-new Toyota sedan has finally arrived 18 months after its hatchback went on sale.

Priced $20,740 plus on-road it’s designed to take the to the just-released Mazda3 and the rest of the pack, the biggest segment of the market. Toyota and Mazda replaced the Holden versus battle as their small compete for top-seller status.

The Corolla may be the reigning champion, our favourite car last year, but the has more appeal with buyers and was Australia’s favourite car for the two years.

The Corolla is typically a among small fleets, companies and can be found in the car parks of homes. But Toyota is hoping the new Corolla sedan’s sharp new will appeal to younger

The new, 11th generation sedan is the first Toyota car to come to Australia from (we’ve been sourcing the ute from Thailand for decades for now, the Corolla hatch comes from Japan). But expect a discount thanks to the Trade Agreement with that eliminates the 5 per cent tariff.

Toyota has instead chosen to the new Corolla sedan to the hilt, features previously reserved for cars; a rear view and parking sensors are standard on the most basic model.

why the Corolla sedan starts $20,740 plus on-road compared to the $19,990 starting for the hatch that wound prices almost 20 years.

chosen to price the car to the market, the customer is a very different to the hatch customer, said Australia executive director of and marketing, Tony Cramb, at the of vehicle in Launceston today. By our 85 per cent of these customers cross-shop these vehicles.

says the new Corolla sedan is sharp value because the price is actually $250 than the previous model in 2007, and the Consumer Price has since risen by more 20 per cent. By Toyota’s calculations the cost of the Corolla sedan start in excess of $25,000.

The starts with the Corolla ($20,740) which apart the 15-inch steel wheels and wheel covers, is generously (in fact, this wheel and combination might not look in the brochure or in the showroom but it helps the model sedan drive than the base model but more about that

Standard fare includes a camera and rear sensors, to be a first for the class in this bracket. Some other cars don’t even with rear parking Tut-tut.

Seven airbags, control, Bluetooth and a large screen for the audio system are standard fare. One small only the driver’s window has auto up or auto down the other windows require a to be held on the switch to wind the up or down.

The next model up, the SX gains 16-inch alloy front parking sensors, a key with push-button start. adds $2250 to both the and SX. The top-of-the-range ZR ($30,990) is an auto-only and comes with LED headlights, seat adjustment, leather and satellite navigation.

There are six available but all but one of them incurs a premium for metallic paint. used to charge less $300 for this but the price has up to (a) keep the RRP low, and (b) to get closer to the charged by some rivals stings $550 for sparkles in the Mazda doesn’t charge for it at

The Corolla sedan reportedly has fibre audio speakers to go a 6.1-inch touchscreen that popular phone apps and functions. The top-end model with traffic alert when tethered to a phone, use Google search to find restaurants, local weather, stations and other points of

No body panels are shared the Corolla sedan and hatch. In the ‘twins’ are a different length, and width from each The result is a longer, roomier sedan than before. The between the front and rear has grown by 100mm, which has back seat passengers leg room and created a bigger gap those in the front and back

The new Corolla sedan has a bigger (470 litres, up 20 litres), goose neck hinges impinge on luggage space the boot is closed. At least the seat spilt-folds 60:40 to bulky items, and the boot is larger and the space between the wells is wider.

The sharp on the front and rear bumpers are not for looks, they’re designed to the Corolla sedan slip the air more efficiently. Toyota paid closed attention to the Since many competitors upgraded interior quality we this a particular focus more detailing and soft-touch said the chief engineer for the Corolla, Shinichi Yasui.

Room for improvement? A digital display would be welcome the new Corolla range (there is a screen next to the analogue already there for other it would be good to have an mode). And, oddly, the interior door handles in the side glass and slightly the side mirrors.

Seven (including one for the driver’s knee) and a body structure equate to should amount to a five-star rating. All seats have adjustable headrests and lap-sash belts, to prevent whiplash in a

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As mentioned earlier, every new sedan has as standard equipment a camera and rear sensors, to be a first for the class in this bracket. Some other cars don’t even with rear parking Toyota deserves kudos for all the way with the sedan, even on the models. Now it just needs to do the on the RAV4 SUV range and the Corolla

Toyota proudly says it the steering and suspension on Australian which presumably is why the company the demanding roads of Tasmania for the preview. It’s a bold given that Toyota exactly known for its dynamic or road-holding. But first impressions of the new sedan are good.

The base model Corolla actually drives better the base model Corolla I thought it was a figment of my imagination, but a check revealed that the sedan is on slightly narrower and smaller in diameter 15-inch

The tyres, combined with a overall footprint, mean the model Corolla has a supple over bumps and yet nicely and sure-footed in corners.

On smooth the tyres and the engine are relatively But on coarse chip back at highway speeds there can be a bit of roar, not unusual, not unbearable and not a in my opinion.

The seven-speed continuously transmission didn’t drone or as much as other CVTs Toyota has added a torque to it. I don’t pretend to know how it but, in practice, it appears to be than other CVTs and feel or sound like struggling.

In every other the Corolla is entirely predictable for familiar buyers, is a good All buttons and dials are well and easy to use. Visibility all is good, although it’s easier to park now that it has a camera as standard (helpful, given that it’s the Corolla ever built).

After a mildly disappointing with the Corolla hatch, has upped the ante with the sedan. It’s one of the best cars in its class for the money and the quality is ever present. some Hondas, you’d pick this Japanese car from Thailand.

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Price . from

Warranty . Three years/100,000km

servicing . Yes, $130 six months/10,000km for first three

Service intervals . Six months/10,000km

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