Best of Toyota only gets better

Charl Wilken

Charl Wilken

The new generation Toyota Corolla has become a very popular car in a short time and it is clear that it will build on the success of its predecessors.

As with all the other latest offerings from Toyota, the Corolla has become more prestigious.

One thing about the latest Corolla is that it might be more luxurious and advanced than the model it replaces, but it is just as reliable and won't let you down.

With its larger body and Lexus design-style influence everywhere, inside and outside, it can be accepted that this Corolla will be as popular as ever.

With only 11000km on the clock our test car was still as neat as a pin.

The overall condition of this car is simply excellent.

This Toyota is one of the best-looking cars in its class and you can clearly see the Lexus influence when looking at the front bumper, taillights and side profile.

The moment one enters the vehicle it is clear that Toyota has upped the stakes with better quality materials.

The design of the dash is modern and all the controls are easy to operate from a driver's point of view.

The potential buyer will be glad to hear that there is also no damage whatsoever to the interior.

When it comes to luxury, the Corolla doesn't fall short.

Power steering, electric windows and side mirrors, aircon, a front loading CD-MP3-player and adjustable steering column are standard in the Corolla.

On the safety side one gets ABS brakes as well as dual front airbags.

Under the bonnet it boasts a powerful VVT-i unit that isn't shy to deliver power. The four-cylinder, 1,8litre petrol engine delivers a healthy 100kW and 175Nm of torque.

The power gets transferred to the front wheels via a five-speed manual transmission.

There is enough power to see you cruise along the freeway and over steep hills without the need to constantly play with the gears just to keep up with the traffic.

We found driving the Corolla a pleasure with the light clutch action a dream even in slow traffic.

On the open road you realise how supportive the seats are.