Toyota Corolla 1.4D Esteem review

Toyota Corolla 1.4

Corolla comes in a wide range of models. You just have to find a model to suit you in the varied range of 11, manual or automatic, diesel or petrol and in 4 trim levels.

Corolla 1.4 Diesel

Corolla 1.4 Diesel

The E170 is a refined family sized car. It has grown quite a bit and now offers the interior space of an early Cressida with its new much roomier, more sophisticated, generously kitted cabin. The rear passenger room is substantially more spacious and comfortable than previous versions especially legroom.

The quality, appearance and layout of the interior is massively improved over older models and now matches the German competition. Build quality may even be better.

With the 1.4 diesel its all about fuel economy. Toyota claim 4.5 litres / 100km. You can expect to get under 5l/100km. It is astoundingly good for such a relatively big car, which is also quite entertaining to drive although acceleration tends to be on the leisurely side.

The noise suppression is also very good and the ride is well set up.

This diesel version is possibly the best value for money in the rollorange and in its niche. An excellent car for business.

Toyota Corolla

Toyota Corolla

All models except for the Esteem come with a new, leather-covered, multi-functional steering wheel with switches for the audio, hands-free telephone and multi-function display system.

The Exclusive model is exceptionally extensively equipped as standard with most things you can desire, from a rear camera, auto wipers and light control, to climate and cruise control and so on.

My wife really liked the Corolla she says it feels almost like a small Lexus – smooth, effortless, stylish.

Test drive a new Corolla. Do yourself the favour. You will be pleasantly surprised with the interior, styling, performance and the handling. Its a lot of car for your money.

The Corolla range is priced from R224 000 to R297 800.

We drove are the 1.4D Esteem at R253 600.

I would personally choose the 1.6 Prestige CVT (automatic) at R264 400. Its well equipped, stylish, big enough for 4 adults, decent boot, good performance and frugal.

Corollas come with a 3 year or 100 000 km warranty and 5 year or 90 000 service plan.

Also look at the VW Jetta, Hyundai i30, Chevrolet Cruz, Kia Cerato, Ford Focus, Honda Civic and Mazda3.

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Toyota Corolla Quest 1.6 M review

Toyota Quest

Toyota Quest

Toyota Corolla Quest 1.6

CitiGolf started something in 1984. VW built them for 25 years. Basically they were a facelifted and modernised Mk 1 Golf, which had originally been introduced in 1974. Since then VW and Ford have played the same trick a few times, lately with the VW Vivo, a facelifted previous generation Polo and Ford produces the Figo based on the earlier Fiesta.

Toyota has also done this before. Think of the Tazz.

Just after Toyota introduced the new 11th generation Corolla they revealed the Quest, basically a 10th generation Corolla (E150).

The Quest is a brilliant interpretation of what a good basic family or business car must be. It has all the goodies like power windows, aircon, sound system, adjustable steering wheel, multi-function display, comfortable seats and connections for your sound player or phone. It does not have leather trim, or much soft touch plastic or cruise control. That is the balance Toyota has achieved.

From a safety perspective the Quest delivers. ABS brakes, ISO points, immobiliser, front airbags, halogen headlamps, fuel cut-off and

Toyota Corolla Quest

Toyota Corolla Quest

so on.

You get a choice of four colours but one model only. A six speed manual 1.6 petrol with Emergency brake assist and brake force distribution. The combination of the 6-speed gearbox and latest generation 1.6 litre petrol engine delivers excellent economy and good power. Acceleration is good and top speed well in excess of the legal limit.

Why buy a Quest? It is economical, it has got space, it is safe and its very good value for money. It should last as long as any other Toyota. Uses the same parts and a proven platform. They get the price down by keeping things simple and using last year’s technology where practical. Not a bad thing of itself.

How does it drive? Like a dog? Quite simply, just like last year’s Corolla. It is pretty good to drive. Good road holding, good handling. It is a good car.

Spares are readily available and affordable. For example, the tyres are 195/65R15 which will be easy to replace at a good price.

Toyota Quest interior

Toyota Quest interior

I highly recommend the Corolla Quest as a superb value business car.

Price as tested is  R174 900. It comes basically fully equipped.

Warranty is three years or 100 000km and the service plan is 3 years or 45 000km.

Other cars to look at in this price category include Toyota Yaris , Kia Rio, Hyundai Accent, VW Polo Vivo, Honda Ballade, Ford Ikon, All smaller.

Similar size cars include the Hyundai  Elantra (R45 000 more),  Honda Civic (R40 000 more), Chevrolet Cruze R50 000 more) and new Corolla (R40 000 more).




2014 Toyota Corolla

The new Toyota Corolla is here.

Launched today to much fanfare, pomp and ceremony this Durban built car is very important to the SA market.

Prices start at R214 900 and top out at R283 900.

2014 Toyota Corolla

2014 Toyota Corolla

Toyota SA Motors’ Lettie Labuschagne, General Manager of Product Planning, says “Toyota has spent decades refining and improving the Corolla, whilst staying true to its core values, which is the reason why it’s still SA’s most loved sedan.”

“With better styling, enhanced dynamics and even more interior space, the 2014 Corolla promises to be the best model yet. That is no small feat considering that its history goes back more than 47 years.”

Cumulative worldwide Corolla sales exceed 39.7 million since the nameplate was launched in 1966, including nearly 1 million in South Africa alone. The new sedan is the 11th generation Corolla. It will be sold in more than 150 countries.

With maximum torque of 205 N.m available from 1 800 to 2 800 r/min, the 1.4 D4-D turbodiesel is mated with a six-speed manual transmission allowing for 0 t0 100km/h 12 12.6 seconds. Toyota claims a average fuel consumption of 3,8 litres/100 km and CO2 emissions of 99 g/km. This may be the model to go for.

The wheelbase has been extended 100 mm compared to the outgoing production model to enable more space and especially rear legroom.

The new Corolla will be available in a choice of seven exterior colours, of which three are new to the model range: Seaside Pearl Metallic (light blue), Avant-Garde Bronze and Grey Metallic.

Sprinter models are cosmetically differentiated by means of 16-inch smoked alloy wheels, a rear spoiler and Sprinter badging.

Toyota Corolla interior

Toyota Corolla interior

The new Corolla is not only more spacious and comfortable, but also quieter than its predecessor.

The new Corolla is available in a choice of four grades; Esteem (entry), Prestige (mid), Sprinter (sport) and top-of-the-range Exclusive. A grade-dependent choice of fabric (Esteem), fabric and leather (Sprinter) or leather (Prestige and Exclusive) are available.

All models except for the Esteem come with a new, leather-covered, multi-functional steering wheel incorporating a comprehensive array switches for the operation of the audio, hands-free telephone and multi-function display system.

The refreshed line-up features a choice of an all-new 1.4 litre D-4D turbo diesel and three petrol engines; a 1.33 litre Dual VVT-i unit, a 1.6 litre Dual VVT-i engine and another new powerplant, the 1.8 litre Dual VVT-i unit.

All engines are fitted with six-speed manual transmissions, but the 1.6 and 1.8 petrol variants may optionally be mated to Toyota’s new, high-gear, high-efficiency Multidrive S automatic transmission.

Active safety has been enhanced through the adoption of a next generation ABS system and a shorter brake pedal stroke for better feel and system response. Traction Control (TRC) and Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) are available on two of the four model grades – Hill Start Assist Control (HAC2) is fitted to vehicles equipped with VSC.

The new Corolla benefits from a three-year/100,000km warranty and comes with a standard five-year/ 90 000 km service plan. Service intervals are set at 15 000 km (including the 1.4 D). The new models are also supported by the ToyotaCare Roadside Assistance Programme which entitles customers to 24-hour roadside assistance, ensuring ultimate peace-of-mind motoring.


1,3-litre Esteem: R214 900  1,3-litre Prestige: R232 900

1,4-litre D4-D Esteem: R237 900  1,4-litre D4-D Prestige: R249 900

1,6-litre Esteem: R225 900  1,6-litre Prestige: R241 900  1,6-litre Prestige CVT: R252 900  1,6-litre Sprinter: R248 900

1,8-litre Prestige: R251 900  1,8-litre Exclusive: R272 900  1,8-litre CVT Exclusive: R283 900














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