An old favourite

The Corolla keeps get­ting bet­ter with each gen­er­a­tion, writes Gra­ham Smith

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Used Cars -

TOY­OTA’S recipe of value for money, build qual­ity and re­li­a­bil­ity has seen the brand be­come No.1 in this mar­ket, and the Corolla one of its most suc­cess­ful mod­els.

Now in its 10th gen­er­a­tion, the Corolla is one of our firm favourites, new or used, and there’s no sign we are tir­ing of the lit­tle car from Ja­pan. THE Corolla has got bet­ter with each gen­er­a­tion and the 10th gen­er­a­tion re­leased in 2007 con­tin­ued the pat­tern of im­prove­ment.

As with those that went be­fore it, the new Corolla was well built, solid and sen­si­ble.

The cars sold in Aus­tralia came from the Ja­panese pro­duc­tion line rather than one of the 15 fac­to­ries pro­duc­ing them in other parts of the world.

Two mod­els, a tra­di­tional four­door sedan with a boot and a five­door hatch­back, were of­fered in the new range.

Both had clean, fresh, youth­ful lines that fit­ted well with younger buy­ers with­out trou­bling older tra­di­tional Corolla buy­ers.

As is of­ten the case, the new Corolla was larger than the car it re­placed, which made it more user­friendly. Younger buy­ers could ac­com­mo­date more of their mates; older ones had no trou­ble trans­port­ing their fam­i­lies.

The rear seat could take three, mak­ing it pos­si­ble to ac­com­mo­date five all up.

One of the rea­sons for the roomi­ness was the rather up­right style of the Corolla, which al­lowed the oc­cu­pants to sit higher in a more up­right po­si­tion.

The Corolla’s en­gine was a 1.8-litre four with dou­ble over­head camshafts and Toy­ota’s VVT-I vari­able valve tim­ing that gave zippy per­for­mance along with good fuel econ­omy.

When at its peaks the en­gine pumped out 100kW at 6000 revs and 175Nm at 4400 revs, enough to give it good ac­cel­er­a­tion and over­tak­ing per­for­mance.

Toy­ota of­fered a choice of sixspeed man­ual and four-speed auto gear­boxes, with drive through the front wheels.

While many car­mak­ers were go­ing to five-speed au­tos, Toy­ota stuck with four, but it didn’t seem to af­fect the Corolla’s driv­abil­ity or per­for­mance to any great de­gree.

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