TOYOTA COROLLA 1,8 EXCLUSIVE
Do minor updates to the venerable Corolla lift it from the middle of the pack?
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-