Do mi­nor up­dates to the ven­er­a­ble Corolla lift it from the mid­dle of the pack?

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T9,31 sec 103 kw/173 N.m 200 km/h HIS year, Toy­ota cel­e­brates 50 years of one of its best­selling prod­ucts, the Corolla. To tie in with these cel­e­bra­tions, the com­pany has un­veiled a facelifted ver­sion of the 11th gen­er­a­tion, which was orig­i­nally launched in 2013. Aside from the restyled nose, you will need a sharp eye to dis­tin­guish the new from the old. The more ag­gres­sive snout fea­tures slim­mer, sharper head­lamps and slats on the bumper that now ex­tend across its en­tire length, end­ing in new C-shaped faux in­takes. At the rear, the lights have also re­ceived a mi­nor tweak, with a change in lens colour and a slim­mer chrome strip link­ing the lights. 8,4 L/100 km 165 g/km

The en­gine range remains un­changed, with the 1,3-, 1,6and 1,8-litre petrol engines and 1,4-litre tur­bod­iesel still on of­fer; how­ever, Toy­ota has im­proved the safety and comfort lev­els. Ve­hi­cle sta­bil­ity con­trol and hill-start as­sist are both stan­dard on 1,6-litre mod­els and up, and be­neath the body­work the sus­pen­sion has also been mildly tweaked for bet­ter bal­ance and han­dling.

Hav­ing pre­vi­ously tested the 1,4 tur­bod­iesel (May 2014) and the slightly more af­ford­able 1,6-litre petrol (March 2014), for our rst test of the facelifted line-up, we se­lected the top-of-the-range 1,8-litre Ex­clu­sive, a ve­hi­cle that of­fers com­forts such as auto cli­mate con­trol, push start with smart key, an ex­ten­sive airbag pack­age (seven in to­tal), rain-sens­ing wipers and auto head­lamps.

Mi­nor up­grades also make the cabin qui­eter, and the touch­screen/dvd in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem in the Pres­tige mod­els has in­creased in size from 6,1 to 7,0 inches. Our Ex­clu­sive model’s touch­screen of­fers au­dio, Blue­tooth and a de­tailed trip com­put-


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