The toyota Corolla is one of the best nameplates ever man- ufactured. Now well into its 11th generation, and more than 50 years since being introduced onto the market, there is no doubt that toyota has had enough time to perfect the Corolla recipe. Not only does it remain the world’s best-sell- ing nameplate in automotive history, it is still one of the most popular vehicles in the toyota line-up.
Cumulative worldwide Corolla sales exceed 39.7 million, since the nameplate was launched in 1966, and is sold in more than 150 coun- tries. the toyota Corolla is the quint- essential economy car. It is small, inexpensive, fuel-efficient, and reli- able. put gas in it, give it the occa- sional oil change and it will provide dependable transportation well past the 100,000-kilometre mark.
the 11th generation model, which has been on sale since 2013, has received numerous upgrades include exterior front- and rear-end refreshments and enhanced interior modifications to give it classier feel.
the Corolla adopts toyota’s ‘ Under priority and Keen Look’
design lan- guage, which was introduced by the C-Hr sUV concept. the front has been complete- ly restyled to highlight a wider vehicle stance and a more prestigious design. the front end fea- tures a small upper grille is flanked by new headlamp clusters, and there
is a revised front bumper incorpo- rating a lower grille. the design is further accentuated by the LeDs. the bonnet has also been raised and the bumper corners have been deep- ly sculpted to enhance the Corolla’s aggressive look.
muscular front and rear wheel arches dominate the Corolla’s pro- file. the door handles receive a new chrome trim finish, enhancing the character line running from the front to the rear of the vehicle. A choice of new 16-inch and 17-inch alloy wheel designs is available. the rear styl- ing has been enhanced through the adoption of LeD tail lamp clusters. the redesigned chrome boot han- dle further emphasises the vehicle’s width.
the Corolla engine options remain unchanged. the entry-level power plant is a 1.3-litre Dual Variable Valve timing-intelligent (Dual VVt-
i) unit with an output of 73 kW (97 hp) and 128 Nm of torque. Fuel con- sumption is pegged at 6 l/100 km while 0 to 100km/h is dealt with in
12.6 seconds. the dial will continue to the 180 km/h
mark. paired with the
1.3-litre engine is a six-speed manual. the mid-spec performance package
VVt-i engine that churns out 90 kW (120
hp) and 154 Nm of torque. the 1.6- litre power plant consumes 0.6 litres more compared to the 1.3-litre unit. Acceleration times are 10.5 and 11.1 seconds for the manual and 7-speed multidrive s automatic (CVt) trans- mission respectively.
maximum speed is 195 km/h (manual) and 185 km/h (multidrive). top of the range models are fitted with a 1.8-litre unit, which deliv- ers 103 kW (138 hp) and 173 Nm of torque. the 7-speed multidrive s automatic transmission is paired with the engine as standard. the 0-to-100km/h dash comes up in 10.2 seconds and top speed is recorded as
195 km/h. Fuel consumption rate is a reasonable 6.4-litres per 100 km. the Corolla retains the proven front macpherson strut and rear torsion beam suspension systems of its predecessor. However, significant revisions to both front and rear sys- tems promote improved ride comfort combined with greater agility.
the multidrive s automatic (CVt) transmission has been revised to deliver shifts that are quicker, crisper and smoother with better matching to engine speed. the CVt also helps generate suitable engine braking when downshifting, includ- ing deceleration control that acti- vates the fuel-cut system and holds the pulley ratio to maintain revs and enable easier re-ac- celeration.
taking styling cues from the bold new exterior, the saloon’s indoor environment plays up the width of the cabin with a strong horizontal dashboard design. the instrument panel has been updated with a lay- ered structure that hides joins, along with a redesigned climate control panel and circular air vents. topped by a soft, non-reflective upper sur- face, which flows seamlessly over the driver’s instrument binnacle, the dashboard face combines convex, soft touch padding with a recessed centre console panel finished in piano black. the Audio touch screen/DVD increased from 6.1-inches to 7-inch- es. the operational feel of the pedals and shift lever has also been refined. the pedals have been positioned
to help prevent unintended opera- tion, and the stroke and firmness of the shift lever have been optimised
for a smoother shift feel. All occu- pants benefit from the capacity and usability of the Corolla’s compre- hensive range of storage space. they include a glove box, coin box and lidded compartment in the dash- board, a centre console box and cup holders, overhead sunglasses storage, front door pockets designed to hold a 1.5 litre bottle or a road map and rear-door-pocket space for a 0.5 litre bottle.
Toyota has always remained true to its original principles of building a car of superior quality, enduring durability and indisputable reliabil- ity, with the Corolla. If you are looking for a small sedan that covers the basics well, the toyota Corolla is a smart choice. Although rivals have sportier designs and more entertain- ing driving dynamics, a Corolla none- theless makes an excellent choice for those seeking a comfortable, reliable, and economical compact car. Visit toyota Kenya, located along Uhuru Highway in Nairobi, for more infor- mation on the Corolla.