It surely is the new benchmark that Toyota has set after the previous Altis model. Being the 11th generation of the Corolla Altis, the new vehicle comes with a revolutionary new design and an enviable luxury, rest assured of an experiences that surpasses all expectations. The Corolla series is a globally recognized product from Toyota and the company has claimed it being the best sedan that customers intend inquiring about. The vehicle is offered in 9 variants, 5 are of the petrol variant while the remaining 4 are of the diesel variant, which is said to be exclusive to the Indian market. This vehicle has also won a few awards in the automotive field, specifically in the sedan genre.
It is longer and wider and carries a bigger footprint from the outgoing model. The front gets the familiar Etios like Toyota grille which compliments two well-sculpted headlights. The rear is also given a horizontal look with wide tail lamps. From the front, the car gets a nice squat look, appreciation necessary for the new bumper. Reasonable ground clearance is also visible. The size of the wheels have been mentioned by a few users, stating that the size is too small than expected. Engineers have played it safe and raised the suspension to compensate for the 100mm increase in wheelbase. Overall the exterior must be appreciated for its good aerodynamic design.
There's a 138hp 1.8 litre petrol engine and an 87hp 1.4 litre diesel. As mentioned earlier the petrol motor is mated to a six-speed manual or a seven-speed step-CVT automatic, while the diesel gets just a six-speed manual gearbox. From the rear wheel of the 1.8 automatic, the refined engine has a character that's more relaxed than rushed and the power delivery is smooth and predictable. The paddle shift that is available works efficiently, especially when in manual mode. As the 87hp power figure for the diesel suggests, outright performance is weak at best, the lack of sudden turbo-spike makes for a smooth urban drive. Overall for the automatic engine, works phenomenally well, smooth acceleration and great response further pushing the pedal. Regarding the diesel engine, gears are perfectly calibrated and it results in some decent mileage gaining.
In the inside the dashboard layout is neat and layered with a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment console in the center. The screen suffers too much reflection and hampers the display output from the rear camera, on a sunny day. The rectangular air vents are well placed with a digital clock in the middle. The steering mounted controls are easy to use. The lowered seating position in the new Corolla gives a sporty feels and the driver's seat is an 8-way electrically adjustable. Rear passenger comfort has been given importance and features like reclining seats, reading lamps and some extra legroom is benefited. Overall for the interior, the fit and finish are a big improvement, but a little improvisation could have been polished.
Taking all the negatives and positives, hold that tight. Finally, its you who takes the decision and what could only by done is guide you by pointing out a few drawbacks that the company would hesitate in sharing with you.
Well it should be the most reliable member of your family, but honestly is this the best in the sedan genre for your family?
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