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Toyota Corolla Car Review

Toyota Corolla Hatchback 02 to 07 Car Review

Toyota Corolla Hatchback 02 to 07

2008-05-27 10:44:54 - This is (believe it or not) the ninth generation Toyota Corolla (E120 series). It was first introduced into Japan in 2000, then later released into the European market in 2002 and finally the American market in 2003. The body styles range from a 3-door hatchback to a 5-door van, with engines varying from a 1.4l to a 1.8l Sport (from the Celica), turbo diesels are also available.

The Corolla handles as you expect - its nothing out of this world but its solid and steady. The car ride is quiet and fairly relaxed, allowing for comfortable long journeys. However when at its limit on motorways engine noise does enter the cabin, especially in the hot hatch sport version

This Toyota won't break the bank - but it isn't dirt cheap to run. The diesel versions give a better return on fuel - and of course have a lower tax rating than the petrol versions. Residual values are also good for its class. You can expect a fuel economy between 32-45mpg on the 1.6l Petrol.

The latest Corolla offers bland styling but its truly practical - offering a good amount of leg room for rear seat passengers as well as good versatile seat adjustments allowing for extra space and storage. In terms of equipment the car sports a CD player, air conditioning, central locking, electrics and good crash safety features.

Score: 7/10

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