the Toyota Corolla Hybrid: Compact with new tricks

Corolla is as famous and famous as Toyota itself. In its twelfth generation, it brings the expected evolution and improvements, but this time, as rarely as in its long and successful history, it also brings a very dynamic and attractive design. We checked to see if the calm and calm Corolla became a rebel this time around.
With Coroll, it is inevitable that the story begins about her legacy. Many notorious models go unnoticed, but this is the best-selling and most durable car ever. In over twelve generations worldwide, it has been sold in over 45 million units, all the while maintaining its image of a reliable and practical family car. The Corolla has also been greeted with a hybrid powertrain, and this generation has an attractive design, perhaps the best so far in these 50 and a half years, so this time it plays on a map of emotions, not just reason.

The credit for its attractive and elegant appearance lies above all in the brand new platform that has put Toyota in the forefront as a priority with its good looks and elegant proportions. The same platform has been used for some time by the Toyota C-HR, a model that marked a turning point in Toyota design. This time, too, the Corolla is available in sedan, compact and station wagon, and as the previous generation in our country was the most popular in three-volume form, so this time we chose this version.

A sleek look with an aggressive front and sleek sedan shape is complemented by a practical interior. With increasing wheelbase, the Corolla has become noticeably more spacious inside. Rear seat passengers who have enough legroom will feel the most, and due to the good shape of the roof, there will be enough room for the heads of taller passengers. That it can be a great road and family sedan is confirmed by the very large trunk, which with 470 liters and a large opening meets all requirements.

The Corolla’s driving environment is in line with Toyota’s philosophy, so it looks like there should have been no experimentation. The sleek and simple cockpit is ergonomically well-rounded, with a large infotainment screen that we would have preferred a few inches lower in the center console. This way you always get the feeling that it is a little distracting to look forward. Progress has been made in the graphics and appearance of instruments, but also in infotainment applications. The instruments take some time to get used to the amount of information and their layout, while the central infotainment screen is viewed, but the fact is that other brands make the eyes more comfortable “interface”.

The hybrid Corolla comes with the previously known 1.8-liter petrol engine and 72hp electric synchronous engine. With the batteries being very cleverly tucked under the rear seats this time around, the space for passengers and luggage has not paid off in the least, and the new generation system itself works even better and more neatly. With the CVT automatic transmission, the Corolla-powered car is one of those cars where you enjoy quiet and leisurely driving. With the incredible ease of the Corolla, you will be made the right environmentalist to follow your driving pace and try to drive as much as possible with the help of an electric motor. In practice, this time too, the Toyota HSD drive has proven to be extremely efficient and economical, precisely in driving and in situations where classic engines consume the most fuel. In the hustle and bustle of endless columns, we were able to easily consume less than 5 liters of gasoline per 100 kilometers. Simply then, the hybrid system comes to the fore and the gasoline engine will have minimal need to start.

On the other hand, we were curious about what happens when you find a Corolla that looks so dynamic now, and with 18-inch wheels you find yourself in front of a fun and winding road. We took such a road and, frankly, switched to “sport” mode with not too much optimism. More steering resistance and a sharper response of the hybrid assembly, already in the first sharp turn, announced that Toyota’s focus on developing this platform on more dynamic driving features is well-grounded in practice. The old road on Vlasic with many bends, variable roadways and very little traffic with a couple of climbs revealed that in this generation the Corolla really comes out of its established cliché. Far from becoming a sports car overnight, she doesn’t want to be. However, with a long wheelbase,

More importantly for the Corolla, it makes long journeys and everyday city rides with ease that is further enhanced by the hybrid drive. Soundproofing is good enough for high-speed averages as well, while comfortable seating and generous space offerings are good measures for long routes.

Toyota, especially with the previous generation, has made us aware that the Corolla is one of the most attractive and best-selling in the segment. It’s similar now. If you choose the very classic 1.6-liter naturally aspirated gasoline, you can get the Corolla for as much as 33,000 marks. However, if you follow Toyota’s philosophy and see that all the benefits of hybrids will suit your use, then entering the world of hybrids should pay 46,000 marks. If you play around with the equipment and options of which there are quite a number of Corolla you will easily spend 50 thousand marks, and even more.

In any case, Toyota should admit that it has succeeded in a very difficult task. They managed to make their sales classic, whose basic concept should not change too much, as attractive and fun as they needed. It seems to us that the number of Corolla sold will continue to be a dizzying fifth, and we are pretty sure that no one will be able to achieve the success of the Corolla so far.

Test car base information: Toyota Corolla 1.8 HSD Sol Tech Pack
Basic hybrid model price: KM 46,200
Test model price: KM 52,450

Engine: Hybrid – petrol / electric, front mounted transverse. Electromotor – synchronous motor with permanent magnet 72 hp and 163 Nm torque. Gasoline engine, four cylinders, four valves per cylinder. Displacement 1.798 cc. Power of 98 hp at 5,200 rpm. Maximum torque of 142 Nm at 3,600 rpm. Maximum combined power of the 90 kW hybrid system – 121 HP.

Power transmission: Front axle drive, CVT automatic transmission, 18 inch wheels, tires 225/40 R18 (Falken ZIEX ZE914EC).

Suspension:Forward McPherson with triangular transverse shoulders and stabilizer, back double transverse shoulders, spiral springs.

Performance and Fuel Consumption: Acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h – 11.0 s. Top speed – 180 km / h. Average test consumption – 5.5 l / 100 km . Factory declared average consumption – 4.6 l / 100 km. Average CO2 emissions – 105 g / km. 55 l is the volume of the tank.

Dimensions: Length – 4.630 mm. Width – 1.780 mm. Height – 1.531 mm. Wheelbase – 2,700 mm. Luggage compartment 471 liter. Curb weight – 1.425 kg.

Test Vehicle Standard Equipment: Smart Entry & Push Start System
automatic unlocking and locking, vehicles start the engine by pressing the Start button, self-adjusting exterior mirrors, 17 ” alloy wheels, 225/45 R17 tires, additionally tinted rear windows, 7 ” driver information screen, driver’s seat with electronic adjustment lumbar, ACC (Adaptive Cruise Control) Cruise control with radar speed control (in combination with automatic transmission operating at 0 km / h, combined with manual transmission operating above 40 km / h), LTA (Lane Trace Assist) Detection system and lane tracking (only in combination with automatic transmission), rain sensor, reversing camera, electrochromatic interior mirror (automatic dimming), low windscreen washer fluid warning, automatic electronic parking brake,automatic air conditioning, dual zone, “Toyota Touch® 2″ 20.3 cm (8 ”) multimedia color touch screen (without CD), chrome multimedia display bezel, chrome trim vents, chrome steering wheel inserts, lever arms gearshift via steering (gasoline engine with automatic transmission only), leather gearshift lever and steering wheel, Piano Black gearbox surround, blinds with illuminated driver and front passenger mirrors, center armrest (fixed with manual transmission / automatic transmission shift) ), rear rear center armrest, center rear passenger seat ventilation, front passenger seat back pocket, LED front fog lights, chrome side window trim, driver and front passenger airbag, side airbags,start back and forth curtains, driver’s knee airbag, seat belt tensioner, seat belt pretensioner, seatbelt warning, ISOFIX second row child restraint attachment – 2 pcs, ABS (Anti lock Brake System) Anti-lock brake system wheels, VSC (Vehicle Stability Control) vehicle stability control, Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) electronic brake force distribution system …EBD (Electronic Brake Force Distribution) electronic brake force distribution …EBD (Electronic Brake Force Distribution) electronic brake force distribution …

Optional equipment on the test car: “TECH 18” package – Bi-LED headlamps and LED indicators, BSM blind spot detection system, RCTA blind spot detection system, 18 “Alloy wheels – 2.600 KM. Pearl body color – 1.450 KM

Warranty: five years without mileage restrictions, 10 years for batteries, 12 years for corrosion, three years for paint.

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