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Ovens & Murray Advertiser - - NORTH EAST MOTOR GUIDE -

There’s the op­tion of a six-speed man­ual in some mod­els but it’s not likely to be cho­sen by many as ours is rapidly be­com­ing an auto-only mar­ket. How­ever, rev- match­ing makes this man­ual sim­ple to drive in heavy traf­fic con­di­tions

Corolla’s im­proved hy­brid sys­tem is lighter and more com­pact than be­fore and its 1.8-litre Atkin­son Cy­cle petrol en­gine has a very high 13.0:1 com­pres­sion ra­tio. Com­bined petrol- elec­tric out­put is 90kW and fuel con­sump­tion is listed at just 4.2 litres/ 100km. Sold across the range, hy­brid vari­ants are priced at only $1500 over the equiv­a­lent petrol mod­els. SAFETY Toy­ota an­tic­i­pates a five-star ANCAP safety rat­ing when test­ing is car­ried out here. It fea­tures a pre-col­li­sion safety sys­tem with pedes­trian and cy­clist de­tec­tion dur­ing the day, au­ton­o­mous emer­gency brak­ing and emer­gency brake as­sist.

Corolla’s wind­screen- mounted cam­era recog­nises speed-limit signs. Other stan­dard safety fea­tures in­clude au­to­matic high beam, re­vers­ing cam­era, hill-start as­sist, seven airbags and two IsoFix child safety seat an­chor points in the rear. DRIV­ING The front seats are large and com­fort­able and sup­port well, the wider cabin is no­tice­able and while it doesn’t ex­actly feel like a Camry in­side the oc­cu­pants will en­joy the space of­fered.

Though it’s a five-seater the new Corolla is tighter for space in the back seats than we had an­tic­i­pated. That’s to the ex­tent that if I sit my 181cm frame be­hind it­self the rear legroom is cramped. So the new Corolla is bet­ter suited to the mum, dad and three-kid fam­ily.

(As a per­sonal aside we owned a gen- two Corolla for nine years dur­ing the 1970s and early ‘ 80s dur­ing that dif­fi­cult fi­nan­cial stage in life when my wife stopped work­ing and three chil­dren ar­rived. The lit­tle Toy­ota ran with­out miss­ing a beat for 180,000 km. Ten gen­er­a­tions down the track the new model is likely to do the same thing for to­day’s young fam­i­lies.)

Lug­gage space is good and the boot is deep and easy to load in all but the hy­brid which is sig­nif­i­cantly shal­lower. The slope of the sportier tail re­stricts car­riage of boxy items be­cause the top of the hatch is pretty well over the rear seat back­rests.

While this is no sports sedan new Corolla has im­pres­sive dy­nam­ics that give it han­dling that will please the keen driver. A bonus is that the typ­i­cal driver will be so far un­der the Toy­ota’s lim­its that there’s a big safety mar­gin.

Ev­ery new Corolla hatch is cov­ered by Toy­ota Ser­vice Ad­van­tage capped-price ser­vic­ing at a max­i­mum of $140 per ser­vice. Con­tact your sell­ing dealer for de­tails.

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