Pick of the Corolla bunch
THE Corolla has moved up-market and with the adoption of a 1,4 turbo diesel, it’s the best option in the Corolla line-up. We gave it a test.
Surprisingly, the design looks better in the metal than in pictures.
We got curious looks and we also had some people stopping us to have a closer look at the “baby Lexus”, as some referred to it. The Prestige comes with attractive 16-inch alloys that work best with the Euro-centric design. Inside, we were a bit disappointed with the square dash layout but the quality is excellent.
Standard on this model are the reversing camera (strangely no PDC), leather interior, USB/MP3/CD/radio, multi-function wheel and Bluetooth. Space inside is good for five adults to sit in comfort with ample headroom.
The trump card for this model is its 66 kW/205 Nm 1,4 turbo-diesel motor linked to a six-speed manual gearbox.
It works best and is segment leading with good refinement and power delivery. The torque is delivered early in the rev range and this allows good cruising ability, irrespective of load or road.
We got an excellent 5,1 l/100 km during our test and this equates to more than 700 km per tank — brilliant.
Ride quality is okay, but Toyota needs to work more on its noise vibration and harshness levels to give it the edge against the VW Jetta and the Koreans (Hyundai Elantra and Kia Cerato). Handling is safe and works well for a family car.
At R249 900, the Corolla D4D Prestige is the best in the local Corolla line-up and has no direct rivals in its segment. Add in Toyota’s quality and reliability, and its worth every cent.
The Corolla D4D Prestige is the pick of the Corolla bunch, with no direct rivals in its segment.