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Toyota Corolla offers more bang for a little more buck


THE Toyota Corolla is one of the world’s best-selling cars and here at home, the Corolla holds a very strong sales position. This is – without a doubt – thanks to its long and trusted history. Now though, for 2015, Toyota has decided to spice up the current generation of the Corolla, which was launched locally in 2014.

For 2015 the Corolla specification list has grown, with all models now getting Daytime Running Lights (DRLs) as standard. The mid-spec 1.6 Sprinter, which features a sporty style twist, courtesy of the anthracite alloys, boot lid spoiler and Sprinter-unique colour palette and trim, has also been upgraded to include Toyota’s award-winning multi-media touchscreen display with reverse monitor and guidelines.

Another new standard equipment item for all Corollas is Bluetooth functionality (and steering-wheel switches). This feature has now been extended to include the entry-level Esteem models as well.

The engine line-up comprises the exceptional 1.4-litre D-4D turbo diesel (a 2015 SA Car of the Year finalist) and three petrol engines: a 1.3-litre Dual VVT-i unit, a 1.6-litre Dual VVT-i engine and another new power plant, 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 CVT automatic transmission.

The good news is that the resultant price hike for the new-spec Corollas is much less than the value of the extra kit offered – the increases range from 0.5 percent up to a maximum of 1.3 percent (model dependent).


1.3 Esteem  R230 500
1.3 Prestige R248 400
1.4D Esteem R259 900
1.4D Prestige R271 600
1.6 Esteem  R242 200
1.6 Prestige R257 900
1.6 Sprinter  R267 500
1.6 Prestige CVT  R269 600
1.8 Prestige   R268 600
1.8 Exclusive  R290 800
1.8 Exclusive CVT R302 500

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

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