Wheels (Australia) - - Inbox - Ian Gib­son, Kan­ga­roo Point

The new Corolla is an ‘Oh, what a dis­ap­point­ing feel­ing’. While the Corolla may now have the largest foot­print for width and length for its class, it now has the class-poor­est rear pas­sen­ger space and sub-class 217L lug­gage ca­pac­ity. The roof should have been raised by 40mm to open up in­te­rior space, not re­duced by 40mm.

Low­er­ing the roof by 40mm re­sults in the driver seat be­ing also low­ered to re­claim head room. The driver seat then has to be slid back to re­store driver leg room thus eat­ing into rear pas­sen­ger leg room. The low­ered and slop­ing roof eats into rear pas­sen­ger head room. Lug­gage ca­pac­ity is com­pro­mised by the slop­ing roof, high boot floor and IRS in­tru­sion.

And a space-saver spare in the mid-spec Corolla and no spare wheel in the high-spec Corolla is not ac­cept­able.

Now that the Corolla is a bet­ter driver’s car, with a smaller in­te­rior, maybe it should be mar­keted as a 2+2?

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