A Corolla, but not as we know it
Toyota hatch emerges from the Auris cocoon fresher and more appealing
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 ...