I said this before with the GWM C50 sedan and I will say it again: competition in the mid-sized sedan area is becoming tough with manufacturers developing elegant and appealing offers. There are a number of selections to choose from in this segment but Toyota Corolla and few others provide a compelling alternative.
I recently reviewed the Toyota Corolla Sprinter and what I like about the car is that it is more spacious, solidly built, comfortable to ride and performance is great.
South Africans love this compact sedan too and figures speak for themselves. Up to November 2013, over 1 million Corollas were produced and about 980 000 sold in South Africa alone.
When it comes to safety, Toyota doesn’t compromise. That is why when the company designed the body of the all-new Corolla, attention was paid to more than just the looks. Toyota Corolla’s body structure is able to absorb the impact, protecting passengers in the event of a collision.
Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD) minimises stopping distances by shifting more braking pressure to the wheels with the most grip, keeping the Corolla more stable and balanced when braking.
The Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) monitors the speed of each wheel to detect locking, releases braking pressure and provides optimum braking pressure to each wheel – improving steering control during sudden stops.
Every detail inside the Toyota Corolla Sprinter was given the maximum attention. A neat digital panel display allows you to monitor important information like current or average fuel economy and estimated cruise range.
The dashboard is stunningly laid out, looks contemporary and features Bluetooth technology, CD/radio/MP3 player with USB and auxiliary port.
Toyota reduced the steering column angle by two degrees to optimise and improve the driving position. This makes the drive more comfortable and responsive.
The cargo capacity is massive. The Toyota Corolla Sprinter has a boot capacity of 452 litres.
The Toyota Corolla Sprinter looks bold, stylish and sleek. The bold style starts with the 3D layout of the headlamps and crisp design lines that run from front to back resulting in a modern look.
It features a lower grille, colour-coded electrically adjustable exterior mirrors and 16″ alloy wheels. The wheelbase has been extended by 100 mm, creating added rear seating space and rear legroom
On the road
The Toyota Corolla Sprinter handles sharp curves very well. The car is very solid and feels safe on the road.
The car offers good fuel efficiency and more responsive gear changes. The front and rear suspensions have been redefined to achieve a sporty and dynamic drive.
- Power: 90kW at 6000rpm
- Torque: 154Nm at 5200
- 0-100 km/h: 10.5 seconds
- Top speed:195km/h
- Fuel consumption: 6.6/100km
- Fuel type: Unleaded Petrol
- Fuel tank capacity: 55L
- Price: R214 900
What we like about the car:
- It handles well on the road
- It feels safe
- It is solidly built
- Good performance
- Advanced audio system and sound quality
- Modern interior design
- Unique features and latest technology
- Huge cargo space
What we don’t like about the car:
- Cloth cover seats with a leather touch. Full leather covers could have done the trick
Competition in the mid-sized sedan area is tough but Toyota Corolla provides a compelling alternative. It combines all elements that a family can desire.
Five-wheel rating: 4/5.