Everywhere you travel on our roads these days, you’re bound to spot a few trusty Toyota Corolla’s, regardless the year or model, which is no surprise since it has always been a family favourite among South African’s.
What you’ll notice soon on the roads, though, is the new and attractive 2014 version which was launched on our shores just a little while ago and is, as can be expected, going to be a hit with the general public simply based on pretty lines, amazing craftsmanship and all that at a great price!
Since the very first Toyota Corolla rolled out back in 1966, more than 40 million units have been sold across more than 150 countries, worldwide, of which 970 000 were sold within South Africa to date. Now, 2014 sees the arrival of Toyota’s 11th generation Corolla, and with the past 10 generations being both extremely popular and successful, we eagerly threw our hands up and scribbled our name down on the list for a test unit.
We got our hands on the lovely and comfortable Toyota Corolla 1.4 D4D Prestige; a spacious, luxurious and comfortable family sedan with enough kick under the hood to assist in decent overtaking and minimal effort needed for hills and mountain passes.
Although the 1.4 Diesel Prestige knocks out a healthy 66kW and maximum torque of 205Nm, you may notice a very small amount of turbo lag in low revs throughout all 6 gears, but speed recovers quickly and isn’t a draw back on the vehicle at all. Even though we saw 5.7l/100km, Toyota themselves have boasted an incredibly low 4.5l/100km figure, which is easily attainable since, despite a 0-100km/h in 12.5seconds, and a maximum speed of 180km/h, this is where a sedan of this magnitude fits comfortably within its segment. You’re not meant to be flooring it everywhere, anyway.
You would agree though that, because of its size and the image of it being a “family-first” kind of vehicle, you don’t really even want to floor it. Besides, you would just look silly if you tried.
What isn’t silly, however, is how incredibly comfortable the interior is. Full leather seats greet you as you open the doors and leather runs all the way throughout the vehicle; running over the arm rests, melting between the front seats and linking up with a quality leather-esque plastic onward and upward towards the dash.
Leg room all round is comfortable and the boot offers an astounding 452l worth of luggage space (seats up).
Everything required by the users of the vehicle is an arm’s length away, and highly functional, too. Featured within the touch-screen infotainment is a handy rear view camera which is activated once the vehicle is popped into reverse; the camera quality is stunning and accurate, which is great for city drivers.
Other features found on this vehicle as standard: Power Steering, Air Conditioning, Reach Adjustable Steering Wheel, Electric Windows, Park Assist, DVD, USB and Bluetooth connectivity, along with a few more useful items one would need from day to day.
At R 249 900, this is a no-brainer for the average South African family. We enjoyed our time with the vehicle and we have a feeling that we’ll all be seeing more and more of them hitting the streets over the next few months. Looking forward to it!
The new Corolla benefits greatly from a three-year/100,000km warranty and comes with a standard five-year/ 90 000 km service plan. Service intervals are set at 15 000 km.