One super-hot hatch has made its way to us — the all-new Toyota Corolla Hatchback has arrived. The Corolla must be one of the most successful automotive models to date, and with that comes a lot of expectation. With the arrival of the much-loved hatch Corolla, our expectations were not just met but far exceeded. This is how…
Looking The Part
The new Corolla Hatchback will be taking over the Auris name badge in South Africa. Its contemporary design pays homage to its predecessors from yesteryear, like the Corolla Conquest and Avante, with a more modern and coming of age look. Key details that will get you excited include the bold nose that features all-LED lamp clusters; the bonnet has a compact feel with a narrow upper grille, which creates an immediate presence that says it means business. The grille houses a modern and sleek mesh design and highlights the Corolla’s width while generating a sporty and assertive look.
The fantastic front design flows effortlessly to the back of the car. All-LED light clusters are positioned as far to the edge of the back as possible to highlight the width of the car. The rear end also has a rounded shape, which lends a muscular feel to the sporty Corolla. In all models, you are greeted with a roof spoiler and shark fin antenna. There are six colour options, with the newest options, including Scarlet Metallic, Oxide Bronze and Caribbean Blue.
The design direction followed in kitting out the cockpit has ultimately resulted in a spacious, modern and cohesive cabin, which is both functional and stylish. The instrument cluster has a slimline design to it. This has made more space for the driver to be positioned lower and closer to the car’s centre of gravity for a close and personal driving experience. A state-of-the-art and user-friendly infotainment system have been fitted. When sitting in the driver seat, you have that wrap-around feel that really highlights the sporty nature of the hatch. The seats have been designed for optimum comfort.
Playing The Part
The new Corolla Hatchback packs a proper punch within the hatchback segment, with 85kW and 185Nm driven by a six-speed manual or a new 10-speed Sport Sequential Shiftmatic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). 0 – 100km/h gets done in 9.5sec. This powerful 1.2-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol engine has an impressive fuel consumption of 6.1 litres per 100km for both manual and CVT variants.
Price Tag And Aftercare
There are three models in the line-up, starting with the 1.2T Xs 6MT at R336 800.00 and going up to the 1.2T Xr CVT at R367 100.00. The new Corolla Hatchback is certainly one of the top contenders in this segment. All models come standard with a 6-services/90 000 km Service Plan and 3-year/100 000 km warranty. Service intervals are set at 12 months/15 000 km.