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Now onto its 12th generation, the legacy that the Toyota Corolla leaves will be studied for a while to come. Decision-makers often rearrange the elements of aesthetics, performance, and pricing, None have come close to nailing Toyota’s formula, however. The Corolla’s brew of practicality and affordability has seen it go on to become one of the most successful vehicles in history.

Interestingly, the name “Corolla” (which follows Toyota’s theme of naming its vehicles royally) means “little crown”, because there is nothing little about its astounding success. First introduced to the public in the year 1966, it is the best-selling model under Toyota’s nameplate. Whilst it has gone on to introduce several firsts in motoring innovation (such as white reversing lights), the effect that this model has had on culture is perhaps where its true success lies.

Specific vehicles have become symbols of counterculture, others for their unique design. The Toyota Corolla has built a steady reputation for being reliable and affordable. These values have appealed to consumers for decades, but they also navigated Toyota towards an interesting question. Is it really necessary to reinvent a winning formula? The short answer to the question is Yes. Generations later, Toyota introduced several new members to the Corolla family, each assembled to appeal to a different demographic. This article will explore them, and expand on their contribution to the iconic Corolla Brand.

The different Toyota Corolla Variants that will be explored in this article include:

  • Toyota Corolla Quest
  • All-New Toyota Corolla
  • Toyota Corolla Hatch
  • Toyota Corolla Cross
  • Toyota Corolla Hybrid

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Toyota Corolla Quest

The Toyota Corolla Quest is positioned as the entry-level Corolla for those entering the market. Its appeal lies in its affordability, one of the aspects that the range is renowned for. It is available in 6 different variants:

  • Toyota Corolla Quest 1.8 Plus
  • Toyota Corolla Quest 1.8 CVT Plus
  • Toyota Corolla Quest 1.8 Prestige
  • Toyota Corolla Quest 1.8 Prestige CVT
  • Toyota Corolla Quest 1.8 Exclusive
  • Toyota Corolla Quest 1.8 Exclusive CVT

These models retail for R298 400, making it one of the most inexpensive in the range. This should not, however, imply that Toyota has cut corners when it comes to the model's design or performance. Its exterior boasts a more stylish and modern appearance, and it is available in a variety of colours. Beneath the hood, this model is powered by a stable 1.8l engine that sips frugally on fuel.

All-New Toyota Corolla

Toyota Corolla loyalists may be drawn to the more traditional aesthetics of the All-New Toyota Corolla. It echoes the Corolla’s original values loudest, especially with its safety features and design. This model is available in 4 different 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

The price range for models in this range begins at R426 100, and it is well worth it. Toyota has injected a good dose of luxury into this offering, which is apparent in its driver-safety technologies and leather fittings. Look out for the striking honeycomb grille as well, which gives this model an elegant facelift.

Toyota Corolla Hatch

Agile, athletic, stylish. The exterior modelling of the Toyota Corolla Hatch is bound to appeal to the edgier demographic of the Corolla target market. This model is a playground of luxury and plush finishes. It is available in 5 different variants:

  • Toyota Corolla Hatch 1.8 XS CVT HEV
  • Toyota Corolla Hatch 2.0 XR CVT
  • Toyota Corolla Hatch 1.8 XR CVT HEV
  • Toyota Corolla Hatch 2.0 XR CVT BT
  • Toyota Corolla Hatch 1.8 XR CVT HEV BT

The entry-level model in this range will retail for R500 700. Apart from its striking exterior, the innovation here is on par with the best in the market. Motorists can expect everything from a wireless charging tray to a Pre-Crash functionality. All of it is powered by a frugal 1.8l or 2.0l turbocharged engine.

Toyota Corolla Cross GRS

The Corolla brand spills over into a crossover SUV with the launch of the Toyota Corolla Cross GRS. It is one of the boldest and most distinctive additions to the Corolla family. This model will no doubt appeal to the more family-oriented demographic. The GRS model retails for R453 200.

This GRS in particular has got a sportier appeal, especially with its aesthetics. The design has drawn inspiration from motorsport, and it boasts a strong performance on the road. It is completed with 18-inch alloy wheels and black mirror housings, as well as plenty of space within the cabin.

Toyota Corolla Hybrid

There is a clear focus on sustainability with the Toyota Corolla Hybrid range. The appeal of hybrid vehicles lies not just in their fuel efficiency, but it serves as a bridge for those who are not ready to crossover to electric vehicles just yet.

This model is self-charging, and beneath the hood is a marriage of a hybrid battery and petrol engine. It will suit the environmentally-conscious consumer, especially with its minimal C02 emissions. The model sips 3.5 litres per 100km, and consumers can expect it to retail at R447 800.​


Is there a Toyota Corolla that is at the top of the range?

Absolutely. The Toyota Corolla ZR Hybrid model is considered to be at the top of the range.

Can a Toyota Corolla drive on an empty tank?

It is possible yes. The Toyota Corolla has been known to go over 70 km on an empty tank.

Is the Toyota Corolla a good option for long distances?

Due to its fuel efficiency, the Corolla is an excellent choice for long distances.

What is the average life expectancy of a Toyota Corolla?

With adequate maintenance, a Toyota Corolla can last well over 10 years.

What makes the Toyota Corolla such a good investment?

The Corolla has evolved throughout the years but remains reliable, affordable, and comfortable. The latest range is also equipped with great luxury fittings.

Regardless of the Toyota Corolla’s success, the Japanese manufacturer pushes the envelope with each new release. It is more than just giving the range a modern appeal and fitting it with the latest technology. Toyota has managed to give one of its flagship models an overhaul and not alienate its loyal customers. A feat that not many of its competitors can pull off.

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