The Corolla has a strong road presence and good handling

Mabuyane Kekana

Mabuyane Kekana

With the soaring petrol price one has look to alternatives - and diesel has become an attractive option.

The Toyota Corolla couldn't have come at a better time. Being an eldest child in my family is not an easy task. Among my many responsibilities is driving my parents to family gatherings in faraway places.

The Corolla comes in handy under such circumstances. One full tank is enough for a 600km trip.

The Corolla 2,0 D4-D is no sissy. It makes the trip without raising a sweat.

The Corolla is my first choice because it uses diesel and the ride quality is great. Thanks to the manufacturers, the car's stability has also improved.

The car offers responsive handling and precise steering control based on the car's all-new platform.

It also offers a dynamic driving experience.

Though the Corolla is a good family sedan, it can also take on other assignments with ease.

Other features include front SRS airbags, side airbags for the driver and front seat passenger, and curtain shield airbags that provide protection for the head and shoulder areas of front and rear seat passengers in the event of a side impact. The rear seat belts have individual belt guides to ensure accurate positioning.

This is the 10th generation Corolla since its launch in 1966 - and so far so good.

The Corolla is distinctive and different. It has a strong road presence, even when viewed from a distance. Its low and wide stance creates a sporty and dynamic look that is enhanced by the clear character lines and complex surface structures.

Drivers are sensitive to dynamic, high-quality styling that provides a sense of luxury. The new Corolla is designed to appeal to a broad range of customers.

During the early design process Japanese designers spent a few months in Italy working on the design, looking for a style that would stand out, even on the streets of the style capitals of the world.

As a result they realised that it was extremely important to first develop "an image of solidity and strength" for the new Corolla.

Our long-term Corolla proves that it is indeed a wonderful car for the whole family.

This Corolla is priced at R203 900.