Toyota Corolla Review Article 1


27 Sep 2022


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Toyota Corolla interior view

Whilst competitors busy themselves with packing as many specifications and features into new vehicle variants, the folks over at Toyota are focused on other things. The Toyota Corolla is not a name that comes up when racehorses are discussed. Neither is it mentioned when we discuss cutting-edge style aesthetics.

Yet therein lies the magic: It does not need to be. The world’s best-selling vehicle has garnered a reputation of reliability that has been unmatched by any of its competitors. The ethos that Toyota embody continues to appeal to its market to this day. Now on its 12th generation, the new Toyota Corolla expands these solid values.

The new range is available in 4 new variants:

  • New Toyota Corolla 1.8 XS CVT
  • New Toyota Corolla 1.8 XS Hybrid CVT
  • New Toyota Corolla 2.0 XR
  • New Toyota Corolla 2.0 XR CVT

Toyota Corolla captured on an illuminated floor

The first sign of a significant upgrade for the Toyota Corolla would have to be the honeycomb grille. It is one of the design elements that edge the Corolla into a more modern space. Another standout feature of the new exterior is the addition of LED headlamps in the front of the pack. Not only are they striking, but they are also designed to increase visibility on the road. The new model rests on either 15” or 18” alloy wheels (depending on the driver's preference).

The interior is adorned with safety features. This is where traditional Toyota fittings come into play. Additions such as adaptive cruise control and the electro-chromatic rearview mirror are all included to make the driving experience one of relative ease. There are a few luxurious fittings as well, most apparent with some of the leather fittings. The seats are partially leather, as well as the steering wheel.

Toyota Corolla leather seat

Frugality was also part of the brief when it came to the design of the latest Toyota Corolla. The hybrid model is a combination of electric motor and petrol, which lowers the vehicle's overall consumption. The new model sips lightly on fuel, which should greatly appeal to customers.

If you are looking for a vehicle that shoots from 0-100km/h in 2 seconds, we suggest you continue looking. The Toyota Corolla is as safe and practical as ever. Numerous surveys have consistently ranked it as one of the most reliable vehicles, and the new range is no different. The drive is comfortable and stable on the road and is perfect for long distances as well.

Toyota Corolla leather seat

Safety is underlined with the Toyota Safety Sense Package. This innovation includes helpful functionality such as a Blind Spot Monitor And Lane Keeping System. Other driver-assist technologies include Hill-Assist Control and Vehicle Stability Control. All of these features culminate to create a sturdy, solid, and safe drive.

The range is also priced quite fairly. The entry-model Toyota Corolla 1.8 XS CVT retails for R426 100, whilst the top-of-the-range Toyota Corolla 2.0 XR CVT retails for R487 600. Why don’t you download our brochure here for additional information on the Toyota Corolla? The model is also available for a test drive when you locate your nearest approved CFAO Motors Toyota Dealership here.

Let’s have a look at the variants a little more closely.


Toyota Corolla interior view

This section will detail the Toyota Corolla variants in terms of price, performance, and standout features.

New Toyota Corolla 1.8 XS CVT

Toyota Corolla 1.8 XS CVT

The first model in our range is the Toyota Corolla 1.8 XS CVT. This model is equipped with 104kW of power and 171Nm of torque.

Cash price: R426 100
Acceleration in seconds (0-100km/h): 10.5 seconds
Standout features: Child restraint system (ISOFIX), display audio reverse camera

New Toyota Corolla 1.8 XS Hybrid CVT

New Toyota Corolla 1.8 XS Hybrid CVT

The second model in our range is the Toyota Corolla 1.8 XS Hybrid CVT. This model comes standard with 72kW of power and 142Nm of torque.

Cash price: R439 000
Acceleration in seconds (0-100km/h): -
Standout features: ABS system, Hill-assist control

New Toyota Corolla 2.0 XR

New Toyota Corolla 2.0 XR

The Toyota Corolla 2.0 XR is the third model in our range. This vehicle comes equipped with 125kW of power and 200Nm of torque.

Cash price: R472 800
Acceleration in seconds (0-100km/h): 8.0 seconds
Standout features: Lane-keeping system (lane departure alert), partial leather seat trim

New Toyota Corolla 2.0 XR CVT

New Toyota Corolla 2.0 XR

Last in our range is Toyota Corolla 2.0 VR CVT. This model comes standard with 125kW of power and 200Nm of torque.

Cash price: R487 600
Acceleration in seconds (0-100km/h): 8.6 seconds
Standout features: Lane-keeping system (lane trace assist), adaptive all-speed cruise control


For how many years will a Toyota Corolla last?

This model can easily last up to 10 years if it is maintained correctly.

Which vehicle has sold the most units between the Toyota Corolla and the Volkswagen Beetle?

The Toyota Corolla has sold more units than the VW Beetle.

Is the Honda Civic more reliable than the Toyota Corolla?

The Toyota Corolla is more reliable. The model scored an impressive 80 out of 100 in a J.D Power survey for reliability.

Where is the Toyota Corolla manufactured?

The range is assembled in Blue Springs, Mississippi.

How can one differentiate between the Corolla SE and the Corolla LE?

The most distinguishable difference between the two models is that the SE model is equipped with a Sport driving mode, while the LE model has a special ECO driving mode.


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It can be easy to overwhelm the consumer with too many offerings. While it is natural to expect growth when it comes to the innovation and tech that new vehicles offer, throwing every bit of it at a vehicle is not always a positive thing. It is here where Toyota shines. The latest Corolla is kitted out just enough and its upgrades don’t overwhelm the customer. Competitors would do good to watch and learn.

For more information on the Toyota Corolla, download our brochure here. Alternatively, feel free to contact us:


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