It seems like the Toyota Corolla has been with us since Noah was in nappies, and for much of that time it’s stood for much the same things: reliable, conservative transport with an anodyne flavour. Things have changed somewhat. While I wouldn’t insult anyone’s intelligence by claiming that this car for the masses has suddenly discovered its va-va-voom and is going to start challenging a Mini for charisma, there is a distinct fresh wind blowing through the halls at Toyota (that much was demonstrated by the C-HR sports utility vehicle) and it’s good to see the Corolla getting in on the head-turning action. There is no RSi revival here harking back to the iconic 4A-GE 1.6l engine of the 1990s, which produced a perky (for the time) 115kW of power and 150Nm of torque. But Toyota has definitely discovered some styling mojo with the new-generation Corolla hatch launched in SA last week. The sedan version will follow in 2020. The hatch has shed its Auris cocoon to emerge with a fresh-faced ...

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