Pick of the Corolla bunch

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING - SIBONELO MYENI

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.

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The Corolla D4D Pres­tige is the pick of the Corolla bunch, with no di­rect ri­vals in its seg­ment.

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