One of the most successful model names in motoring history makes a prominent return with the Toyota Corolla Hatch, which has the qualities of contemporary design, driving dynamics and efficiency. We review the all-new Corolla Hatch at Toyota Kempton Park.

Exterior

The prominent front of the Corolla Hatch features all-LED lamp clusters, with integral daytime running lights beneath the curved edge of a flatter bonnet and narrow upper grille.

Below that, a trapezoidal lower grille features a new mesh design and a frame that projects powerfully forwards, and the rear styling is also more rounded than before, which gives the car a more compact appearance.

There are a variety of colours to choose from, including three new colours – Scarlet Metallic, Oxide Bronze and Caribbean Blue.

Interior

The interior is spacious and modern with new textures, colours and trims that are both practical and appealing. The instrument panel is not only important to creating a sense of spaciousness, but it improves visibility, while still allowing for the driver to be positioned lower and closer to the car’s centre of gravity for a more engaging driving position.

The cockpit has a wrap-around feel and its sporty nature is echoed in a front seat design that has optimised comfort and reduces fatigue on long journeys. The revised rear seats feature a new seat cushion material that allows for more even distribution of the occupant’s weight and, as standard, all rear seats can be folded to create a full extension to the load space.

Power & performance

Under the stylish front bonnet is a 1.2-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol engine that delivers 85kW of power and 185Nm of torque through either a 6-speed manual or a new 10-speed Sport Sequential Shift-matic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). Fuel consumption is approximately 6.1 litres/100km for both manual and CVT variants.

Safety

There are a host of safety features, including 7 airbags (driver and passenger, two side and curtain, as well as for the driver’s knee. The Corolla Hatch also comes standard with Vehicle Stability Control, along with ABS, EBD, Brake Assist and Hill-assist Control.

Contact Toyota Kempton Park on 011 970-3930 to find out more about the Toyota Corolla Hatch, or to book a test drive.

Source: Toyota South Africa

By Wanita Wallace