Australasia’s independent authority on vehicle safety, ANCAP, has awarded Australasia’s top-selling passenger car a 5 star ANCAP safety rating following testing against the most stringent criteria.
The new generation Toyota Corolla hatch achieved high scores across all four key areas of ANCAP assessment:
96 per cent - Adult Occupant Protection
83 per cent - Child Occupant Protection
86 per cent - Vulnerable Road User Protection
76 per cent - Safety Assist
Provided as standard, all variants of the Corolla offer collision avoidance technologies including autonomous emergency braking (AEB) – which can detect, mitigate or avoid crashes with other vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists; and lane keep assist (LKA) – where if the vehicle deviates from its lane unintentionally, provides automated steering assistance to allow the driver to correct the lane position.
“The safety improvements provided in this generation of the Corolla are a significant step forward,” said ANCAP Chief Executive, James Goodwin.
“The Corolla is a trusted nameplate and Australia and New Zealand’s highest selling passenger car, so it is encouraging to see this affordable, volume-seller continue to achieve a high safety standard.”
“This result clearly shows safety is not a luxury, with private and corporate fleet buyers able to access high levels of safety as advanced collision prevention technologies become increasingly available.”
“Mainstream models, like the Corolla, are now offering advanced speed assistance systems which can read road signs. These systems are the building blocks for automation, and convey the need for vehicle brands, regulators and infrastructure providers to work together to see safety and efficiency benefits realised,” Goodwin added.
A 5 star ANCAP safety rating applies to all petrol and hybrid Toyota Corolla hatch variants (hybrid variants tested) available in Australia and New Zealand.
Toyota has revamped the styling, driving enjoyment and features of its Corolla hatch while improving fuel economy* across the range. An extensive exterior redesign introduces two distinctive new looks to the hatch versions of Australia's best-selling car, increasing Corolla's appeal to a wider range of customers. Ascent and Ascent Sport grades receive a classic European-inspired outline while the higher SX and ZR grades adopt a sportier character that incorporates a body kit. Corolla's more dynamic exterior proportions are complemented by interior upgrades including new audio systems, suspension refinements focused on ride comfort and efficiency gains that cut fuel use by as much as 7.6 per cent*.
Sensory quality in the cabin has been raised with a cleaner design for the dash panel and centre console along with new instrument gauges, fresh upholstery and satin chrome-plated ornaments. Corolla Ascent hatch is now fitted with a reversing camera, making it standard across the entire Corolla range. The camera's image is displayed on new touch-screen monitors that are also used to operate the upgraded audio system. The new designs, added equipment and engineering updates are accompanied by price increases of just $300 on Ascent and Ascent Sport while top-of-the-line ZR is reduced by $1,000, or more than 3.3 per cent. SX prices remain steady. Toyota Australia's executive director sales and marketing Tony Cramb said the latest updates will give Corolla a decisive competitive edge and strengthen its claim to a third consecutive year as Australia's best-selling car.
"Corolla hatch customers now have a clear choice between two compelling new designs: classic or sporty - both of which deliver a greater presence and visually broader stance," Cramb said. "Buyers will also be attracted by a more stylish interior, under-the-skin tweaks that dial up the fun-to-drive factor and lower fuel consumption that will result in an even lower cost of ownership," he said.
The two new looks for Corolla hatch result in a car that is 55mm longer, giving stylists the opportunity to craft a more dynamic silhouette. Longer overhangs (35mm front, 20mm rear) improve the overall balance of each design, aided by a sweeping line from the headlights to the tail-lamp cluster. Ascent and Ascent Sport variants feature a stronger front bumper, a lower grille that runs the full width of the car, and a more prominent Toyota logo at the front that is flanked by chrome 'wings' and new headlight clusters. New 10-spoke 16-inch alloy wheels are fitted to Ascent Sport while 16-inch steel wheels are retained for Ascent. The more aggressive design for SX and ZR Corolla hatch is distinguished by a piano-black honeycomb mesh pattern for the upper grille and a hexagonal lower grille between sculpted bezels that emphasise the car's low, wide stance. The sporty image for these two grades is completed by front, side and rear skirts, a roof-mounted rear spoiler and newly developed 17-inch alloy rims with brighter, machined highlights.
Range-topping ZR Corolla hatch is equipped for the first time with Bi-LED headlights and LED daytime running lamps. Other models have halogen lamps. Foglamps are standard above Ascent. All grades are now equipped with a shark-fin antenna. There are eight exterior colours, including new Blue Gem and Citrus.
A more sophisticated interior results from a reduction in the visual mass of the dashboard design, cleaner integration of the instruments and a more consistent shape and finish to surfaces and trim. Detail elements such as the air vents, door handles and gear-lever surround have been redesigned for a crisper, higher quality appearance. Ascent's updated audio system features a new 6.1-inch touch-screen display, AM/FM tuner, single CD player, USB and iPod®# audio, AUX, Bluetooth®^ connectivity and information such as fuel efficiency history. Ascent Sport's audio system is enhanced with a new seven-inch touch-screen display and the introduction of Toyota Link" connected mobility with apps that can help drivers find a destination, fuel and weather details as well as roadside and other assistance. In Corolla SX and ZR hatch, the seven-inch touch-screen also displays satellite navigation** maps with real-time traffic updates, giving drivers the option of navigating to destinations found through the Toyota Link system.
For a small fee, drivers of these models can use Destination Assist## to request the help of an operator to find a particular destination. The destination and contact details are sent to the vehicle using the Destination Download## app. New instruments for all models feature a cool blue illumination - a three-gauge design for Ascent and Ascent Sport and a double-gauge set-up for the SX and ZR, separated by a 4.2-inch colour multi-information display. Revised steering wheels have V-shaped ornamentation extending below the horn pad to match the satin chrome-plated highlights throughout the more up-market cabin, giving a sportier and more harmonious interior feel. Seat trims include black fabric for the first two grades, sporty black-and-orange for the SX and black with leather accents for ZR.
Australian cars are fitted with the most powerful Corolla engine available in the world, a 1.8-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with dual variable valve timing and maximum power of 103kW. The 2ZR-FE engine features an acoustic controlled induction system to boost torque at low-to-mid engine speeds. Efficiency gains across the board result in fuel consumption with the six-speed manual gearbox improving to 6.7 litres/100km* (from 7.1 litres). Corolla's revised seven-speed Multi-Drive automatic transmission uses substantially less fuel with consumption falling to 6.1 litres/100km* - an improvement of half a litre. Contributing factors include quicker heating of the Multi-Drive transmission fluid at start-up and the adoption of an oil-pump system with two modes that lower drive torque. A revised transmission case reduces noise and vibration.
Paddle shifters in auto SX and ZR grades have been redesigned to make them easier to use.
Revisions to the front and rear suspension have improved initial roll damping, minimised friction and enhanced straight-line ride comfort. Corolla's MacPherson strut front suspension now incorporates revised front shock absorbers, stabiliser bushes and coils to improve ride comfort as well as handling stability. The coil shape has been changed with lateral force-reducing springs utilised to aid ride comfort while the twist resistance of the strut bearing has been reduced, contributing to steering feel. A fluoropolymer coating has been applied to the inner surface of the stabiliser bush, aiding ride comfort with a smoother stroke. Shock absorbers have been retuned for even better handling stability while enhanced response contributes to ride comfort.
Damping force characteristics of Corolla's torsion-beam rear suspension have also been retuned to support enhanced ride comfort, handling and stability. A preload differential promotes smoother take-off and manoeuvring on normal or slippery roads, a more stable steering feel at constant highway speeds and greater straight-line stability on rough roads. Mapping of the electric power steering has been tuned for additional steering weight as vehicle speed increases. All models now include Hill-start Assist Control^^, which helps prevent the car rolling back on an incline between the driver releasing the brake and applying the accelerator. The improved system detects when the vehicle is on an incline and automatically holds the brakes for up to two seconds.
Corolla is Toyota's most popular model in Australia with total sales of more than 1.3 million cars in 48 years. In each of the past two years, Corolla has led its hotly contested market segment and claimed the title as Australia's best-selling car. It is also leading this year's title race with sales of almost 17,600 cars to the end of May, giving it a lead of close to 1,300 sales. Corolla hatch, like all new Toyota vehicles, is covered by Toyota Service Advantage. There is a capped price of $140 for each of up to six scheduled logbook services in the first three years or 60,000km+.
Equipment - Main Features
- Vehicle stability control
- Traction control
- Seven airbags
- ABS with BA and EBD
- Reversing camera
- Cruise control
- Tilt-and-telescopic steering column
- Emergency brake signal
- Hill-Start Assist Control
- Bi-halogen projector headlamps (manual levelling)
- Display audio with 6.1-inch touch screen, six speakers
- LCD multi-information display (MID)
- Power windows, mirrors and door locks
- 16-inch steel wheels with full covers
- 205/55R16 tyres
- Manual air-conditioning
- Steering-wheel switches (MID, telephone, audio)
Ascent Sport (above Ascent)
- 16-inch alloy wheels
- Seven-inch touch-screen with voice recognition
- Toyota Link" connected mobility
- - Destination Download##
- - Local search##
- - Weather
- - Fuel Finder
- - Toyota Help
- Front fog lamps
- Premium steering wheel, shift-lever knob
- Privacy glass
SX (above Ascent Sport)
- Satellite navigation**
- Live traffic SUNA
- Additional Toyota Link functions:
- - Destination Assist (pay per use)##
- - "Navigate to" for Destination Download##, Local Search## and Fuel Finder##
- 17-inch alloy wheels with 215/45R17 tyres
- Front spoiler
- Rear bumper skirts
- Rear spoiler (roof mounted)
- Side skirts
- Full-colour 4.2-inch MID screen
- Sport front bucket seats
- Sport seat trim
- Paddle shifters
ZR (above SX)
- Smart entry and start (keyless)
- Bi-LED headlamps (auto levelling)
- Headlamp cleaner
- LED daytime running lamps
- Heated, electrically folding door mirrors
- Electrochromatic rear-view mirror
- Dual-zone automatic air-conditioning
- Leather-accented seat trim
- Driver and front passenger seat heaters
- Driver's seat power lumbar support
Prices (six-speed manual)++
ZR (Multi-drive only)
Metallic, pearl paint
Panoramic roof (ZR)
* Fuel consumption varies depending on driving conditions / style, vehicle conditions and options / accessories. Source of fuel consumption data: ADR81/02.
# iPod® is a trademark of Apple, Inc. Not all devices will be compatible and functionality will vary depending on the device.
^ The Bluetooth® word mark is owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. Not all devices will be compatible and functionality varies depending on the device.
" Toyota Link is available on certain vehicle models and grades only. Toyota Link services rely on data from the driver's compatible mobile phone and information provided by third parties. Availability is dependent on a number of factors, including the availability of third party information, mobile service, sufficient mobile data allowance and GPS satellite signal reception. Mobile usage is at the user's cost. Toyota Australia reserves the right to add, remove or modify applications. Further information is provided at www.toyota.com.au/toyotalink.
** Current navigation mapping database encompasses major capital and primary national road networks and offers some coverage in regional areas.
## Destination Assist is provided for a fee of $2.97 (including GST) per use charged by Toyota Australia. User credit card details are required for use. Terms and conditions apply. Destination Assist is available in certain vehicle models and grades only. Further information is provided at www.toyota.com.au/toyotalink. Destination Download and Local Search operate from information provided by Google Places, which may not be accurate or cover all areas. Navigation is available in certain vehicle models and grades only. Fuel Finder is typically updated twice daily and may not be accurate. Some areas, fuel types and fuel providers may not be covered by Fuel Finder.
^^ Hill-start Assist Control is a driver assist technology and should not be used as a substitute for safe driving practices.
+ Maximum payable for standard scheduled logbook servicing (normal operating conditions) until first of three years or 60,000kms (whichever occurs first) (up to the first six services). Excludes Government & Rental vehicles. Contact your Toyota Dealer or go to toyota.com.au/advantage for other exclusions, eligibility and full details.
++ Manufacturer's list price is provided for media purposes only and does not include statutory charges or other on-road costs.