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Toyota Corolla Levin ZR (2013)
A reputation for reliability and retained value, along with a ubiquitous dealer network, has won over many, many buyers to Toyota’s Corolla throughout the years.
That remains true of the latest, 11th generation of this small car icon, but even better is the news that Corolla now involves and entertains the driver dynamically.
We’re not talking hot – or even warm – hatch, but across our broad road testing spectrum, Corolla circa 2014 showed ability to grip and turn in well, ride compliantly and stop impressively.
While peak power is up only slightly and peak torque is the same as before, the 1.8-litre petrol unit is more flexible, revving 400rpm higher and delivering its optimum torque 400rpm lower.
The overall drive, though, is let down a little by the optional seven-step CVT. While delivering better fuel economy than the previous generation’s auto (6.6 litres/100km pays 7.4), under full acceleration it sounds stressed.
Like most small car interiors, it’s a stretch with three adults in the back, but make it two and there’s plenty of room.
Our top-of-the-range Levin ZR wanted for little by way of standard equipment (see accompanying stats panel) including rear-view camera, which is just as well as visibility is not good through the narrow rear window.
On test, average fuel consumption lapsed from 6.6 to 9.1 litres/100km.
Improved dynamics, performance and fuel economy
Spacesaver spare, tight with three in the back
Dual-zone auto climate-control; 17” alloys; bluetooth, CD, six speakers, adaptive front lighting, cruise control, heated leather front seats (driver gets powered lumbar), heated/folding exterior mirrors, tilt/reach steering, reversing camera, sat-nav, front fog lamps
Dual front/front side/curtain and driver’s knee airbags, electronic stability/traction control, anti-lock brakes, electronic brakeforce distribution, brake assist, front seatbelt pre-tensioners/force limiters
||Corolla Levin ZR
||Small Under $35,000
|Price when new
||$30,490 (CVT) MLP
|Current price range
$ - $
|ANCAP crash rating
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||1.8-litre, 16-valve petrol, 4-cyl
||103kW @ 6400rpm
||173Nm @ 4000rpm
|Acceleration to 100 km/h
||10.3 sec (tested)
|Braking from 80 km/h
||23.3m (tested). BRAKING DISTANCE ONLY. ACTUAL STOPPING DISTANCE WILL BE LONGER, AS DISTANCE TRAVELLED DUE TO DRIVER REACTION TIME IS NOT INCLUDED
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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.