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My partner and I purchased our Toyota when our faithful Vauxhall vectra met its end with the back of a BMW. We wanted a cheap reliable car and decided that Toyota was the best brand to go for based on reputation. We popped to the dealership and being a yound couple looking for our first car to share (vectra was the hubbys) we decided a 3 door car with an average size boot would be perfect for our day to day needs and the odd trip away. The car in the picture does not do the Cerolla justice. It is much more modern and less boxy then the picture shown. The car has a more rounded sleeker look which makes it much more appealing. Ours is a metalic bronze colour which is easy to maintain as dirt and grime don't show up easily. I currently use the car on a day to day basis to take my daughter to nursery and then onto work (probably about 10-15) miles a day. A tank of petrol can last we 2-3 weeks, depending on use of the car over the weekend. Which at just under a 2 litre engine is quute good going in todays economy. The car is fitted with all the latest mod cons including CD player, air conditioning, electronic windows and comfortable fabric interior. The dealer also provided a spare tyre and service upon purchase and was extremely helpful and I felt honest throughout the sale. The car is a good little run around car and also handles long journeys well also. So far we have had no incidents of breaking down and being stranded. My only criticism about the car is that now we are a small family I wish it was a 5door car. I have to physically climb into the back of the car to get my daughter into her car seat. This can be a slow and slightly frustrating task and would be easier with more doors. I am supprised the car was not designed as a 5 door car. It size matches that of any other 5door car and I do feel this was a lapse in judgement with its designer. Overall not a bad little car, just needs to be more family friendly. It is comfortable to drive and also to be a passenger in during long journeys. Its supprisingly spacious and the boot is deceptively large.
A Car to be Proud of - the advert says - so with expectations high I trooped off to the local Toyota dealer for a test drive. Exterior First impressions are OK. (Ignore the pictures on this website, the Corolla has been updated)The Corolla adopts the current fashion for chunkier, taller vehicles which fit somewhere between a hatchback and mini-MPV. It has a well rounded, unoffensive appearance, the front grille doesn't look quite right but this seems to be part of the new Toyota image as it is just a larger version of the Yaris. The car looks very smart with front fog lights and alloys - and all in all - a pleasing package. (The sales rep did not know why the T-Spirit Diesel did not come with Fog Lights - strange as I can't imagine the larger diesel engine filling the tiny space used by the lights - but hey, if anyone knows please leave a comment) Interior With expectations still high I climbed into the interior and was dismayed by what I saw. This dashboard is one of the most drab I have seen in a long time. A mass of matt black plastic that conveys a really glum feeling. (If you go for the top of the range T-Spirit, you get a aluminium effect centre console which at least lightens the cabin a little). Equipment As we have come to expect from Toyota - equipment levels are high - CD, Elec Windows all round - Elec Mirrors - Trip Computer, ABS, EBD etc etc. No complaints here and offers good value for a car in this class. Comfort and Driving Seats were easy to find a good driving position, and whilst some may find them a little firm, I thought they were just about right. For me, at six foot plus, headroom and legroom were great, and even rear legroom was good for a family hatchback. On driving, the car was smooth and quiet. I cannot over-emphasise the SMOOTH part - it was almost like driving on air - but then as I was later reminded - it all depends on what you're used to. For the reco rd, I'm used to low profile tyres and lowered, sports suspension - so maybe my perception of smooth was a little enhanced. I drove the 1.4 engine - a reasonable amount of oomph, but it would probably be worth looking at the 1.6 as the fuel consumption is not much worse. According to the salesman, the 2.0 Diesels are 'absolutely flying out the door'. If he meant that literally, I really would be interested!! Overall Toyota has done a pretty good job here, certainly a vast improvement over the previous model. With long servicing interval and insurance around group 6 it should be fairly economical to run. BUT WHY OH WHY, did they produce such a depressing interior. I could not possibly sentence myself to spending 2 hours a day in there. If you can live with it though, this looks like being a great car.
Toyotas are renowned for their reliability and mine has been no exception. Jeremy Clarkson may not like the car but even he admits that it has too many good points for it to be ignored completely. Servicing isn't too expensive and even my 1994, L Reg, 1400, XLi still gets 38 miles to the gallon. It's reliable, affordable and parts don't cost extortionate amounts of money. Oh... and having rolled my first one onto it's roof (my inexperience, not the cars fault), I can say they are safe. All the panels got dented but the shape of the car remained. I can say nothing bad about it! ******************************************* I've been asked for more details... although I'm not sure what to say. The car has good acceleration, and has gotten me out of a few tricky situations in my time. It handels well on corners and sticks to the road well, although there are limits as with any other car! It's easy to park as it's not too big and it has good visability. Personally I love the shape and style and it has a fair amount of boot space. Tall people may find there isn't enough head room, but that all depends on your driving position etc. The heater is good and the car warms up quite quickly. The cooling aspect of the fan is also quite good, not as good as having air conditioning, but along with the use of windows and sun-roof, what more do you need? I have also driven an X-Reg Yaris. The acceleration seemed more responsive, perhaps due to the VVT engine. The sitting position was higher and it felt quite strange. I'd be quite tempted to buy a Yaris, but it hasn't got as much appeal as a Corrolla. Hope that satisfies your quest for more info.
Top Gear says so, so it must be true. Actually, it is true. When you turn the wheel, it goes round a corner, with no concern or effort. When you push the brakes it slows down or stops. That's so dull. When you leave the house, you KNOW you're going to get to work. It's not going to break down on the way. There goes my excuse. When you go for a trip out, it will get you there, with no problems whatsoever. I'm getting really bored with that. The dealer was great, the handling is perfectly predictable, it's never likely to break down, it's comfortable. How could it get more boring?