TOY­OTA COROLLA

Kent Life - - Motoring Life -

Toy­ota is on some­thing of a roll at the mo­ment. Hot on the heels of the eye­catch­ing CH-R cross­over comes the new Corolla, which re­places the com­pe­tent if some­what an­o­dyne Auris.

With sharper styling, more en­gag­ing han­dling and a muchim­proved in­te­rior, the new de­sign has the po­ten­tial to shake up the fam­ily car mar­ket.

Three body styles will be avail­able from launch, with a hand­some new saloon along­side the hatch­back and es­tate op­tions (both of which will be built at Toy­ota’s UK plant in Der­byshire).

No diesel en­gine will be of­fered this time, but there will be a range of petrol en­gines, in­clud­ing two dif­fer­ent hy­brid op­tions: a 1.8-litre 122PS unit and a high per­for­mance two-litre 180PS model. Prices for the non­hy­brid 1.2-litre petrol turbo will start from £21,300.

SEVEN-YEAR WAR­RANTY FROM MG

MG was the fastest-grow­ing car brand in the UK last year, thanks in part to its af­ford­able prices and gen­er­ous war­ranties.

The brand’s two lat­est mod­els – the ZS cross­over and the re­vamped MG3 hatch­back – both come with an im­pres­sive sev­enyear, 80,000-mile war­ranty.

MG is one of only a hand­ful of man­u­fac­tur­ers in the UK to of­fer such a lengthy war­ranty, which also in­cludes paint­work re­pairs (due to ma­te­rial or man­u­fac­tur­ing de­fects) for the first three years.

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