TOY­OTA COROLLA AS­CENT

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VALUE

Al­most two years since the hatch went on sale, it’s joined by the sedan. The base model man­ual As­cent is $250 cheaper than the out­go­ing model and Toy­ota claims $2000 in ex­tra value. Stan­dard are 6.1-inch touch­screen, Blue­tooth, re­vers­ing cam­era and park­ing sen­sors. Ser­vic­ing is capped at $130 a throw for three years.

DE­SIGN

The new sedan is 80mm longer than the pre­vi­ous model — at 4620mm, it’s hard to call it a small car. The ex­tra 100mm of wheel­base means more cabin space and rear legroom is ex­cep­tional. Boot space is also great at 470L. The cock­pit is con­ser­va­tive and re­fined, much like the ex­te­rior.

TECH­NOL­OGY

Toy­ota car­ries over the 1.8-litre four-cylin­der (103kW/173Nm) from the pre­vi­ous Corolla. By trim­ming 25kg and im­prov­ing aero­dy­nam­ics, the maker claims 7.0L/100km of 91 RON for the six-speed man­ual.It matches the Mazda’s front strut sus­pen­sion but has tor­sion beam rear.

SAFETY

This 11th-gen­er­a­tion Corolla gets five stars from ANCAP crash test rat­ing. Look­ing af­ter you is ABS, sta­bil­ity and trac­tion con­trol, plus seven airbags in­clud­ing a new hip and lower chest bag. The spare is full­size. Good on Toy­ota for mak­ing the re­vers­ing cam­era stan­dard, too.

DRIV­ING 3 STARS

Corollas are like toast­ers — easy to use and re­li­able. No one talks about a toaster’s per­for­mance but the truth is the Corolla’s old en­gine could do with more oomph and the tor­sion beam bum brings out the bumps in a road. The driv­ing po­si­tion feels high and up­right while the large seats don’t of­fer much sup­port in the cor­ners. Func­tional but far from fun.

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