Review Toyota Corolla Ascent
This is really interesting. You are looking for your new car that is not only Australia’s best-selling car – Corolla – but also the most popular type – Ascent Sport hatch.
Becoming a favorite Australian does not necessarily make it better than the competition, or right for you.
But have you, through your own intelligence and inference abilities, discovered that sweet points are really worthwhile within Corolla?
Is there anything interesting about its design? 7/10
The current Corolla has been around for five years and it still looks great thanks to a good original design and successful styling updates on the go.
I like the sharp nose, sleek, configurable headlights, even the ‘egg” tail light. This hatch is much more attractive than the sedan, but struggles a bit in the beauty stakes compared to the new Mazda3 and Hyundai i30.
Measuring from end to end 4330mm, 1475mm high and 1760mm wide, the Corolla hatch is 290mm shorter, 15mm narrower but 15mm taller than the sedan.
Inside, the cabin has barely changed for years, but I’m still a big fan of the dash and its clean design. The new touch screen modernizes the interior, the instrument cluster is clear, raised and stylish, while the transparent blue light is a great feeling all around.
There are eight paint colors to choose from for Ascent Sport (there are only four colors for Ascent). As mentioned, our car is ‘Inferno’ (a burnt orange) but there are seven other colors to choose from including ‘Blue Gem’, ‘Citrus’, ‘Crystal Pearl’, ‘Silver Pearl’, ‘Ink’ (black), ‘Wildfire’ (blonde hair) and ‘Glacier White’, which I like the most, and not just because it’s free.
How realistic is the inner space? 7/10
Wondering if the Corolla hatch is more realistic than the sedan? No, of course you don’t. So consider the little thing that the hatch has much less rear legroom (at 191cm I can only squeeze into the back of my driving position) but there’s more room there.
The boot is small at 310 liters (110 liters less than the sedan), but it will fit CarsGuide trolleys. The rear hatch gives you a bigger gap than a closed car and by folding the seat forward, the car will be better for carrying goods.
Internal storage is not bad with two cups in the center armrest folded down at the back, and two more at the front, plus bottle racks at all doors. The center console in front of the bin is deep but, not large because the parking brake is in space. There is also a small hole hidden in the dash under the aircon dial for bits and pieces.
Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with? 7/10
There are five types of Corolla hatch and Ascent Sport, with a list price of $ 23,250 for the automatic (manual is $ 21,210), which is the second rung. That’s only $ 980 more than the entry-level Ascent. So what’s the point of Ascent Sport?
The problem is, by paying extra, you get 16-inch alloy wheels and a 7.0-inch touchscreen, plus sat nav options (like ours) that you can’t get. On the Ascent with its 6.1 inch curtain. Other standard features include a reversing camera, rear parking sensor, six-speaker stereo, Bluetooth connectivity and halogen headlights.
Value is good and rivals are a close match. The Mazda3, for example, is $ 24,890, but comes with an integrated sat nav. The exception to the rule, though, is the new Hyundai i30 hatchback. The i30 base specification is the same price list as the Corolla Ascent Sport, but comes with an 8.0-inch screen, wireless phone charging, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Highlights.
The update also brings a new advanced safety package. That’s the best $ 750 you’ve ever spent (read more about what this great technology brings below).
Also selected on our test car are sat nav ($ 1000) and premium ‘Inferno’ paint ($ 450).
What are the important stats for engine and transmission? 6/10
All Corollas, sedans or hatches, regardless of grade, come with the same engine. It is petrol, 1.8-liter four-cylinder with a capacity of 103kW (torque is 173Nm). Actually that is not true. There’s a gasoline-electric hybrid Corolla. Do you know that? Here, read my road test.