The launch of the new generation Toyota Corolla Sedan in March 2020 saw this perennial family favourite join up with the sporty Hatch and the value-for-money Quest to complete the Corolla trinity.

The first thing that strikes you about the sedan is the new sleek and sporty design. The car is lower and wider. The rounded bonnet is complemented by the chiselled LED headlights, lending it an aura of power. This look extends to the rear where LED taillights enhance the modern design. The XS sedan runs on 16-inch alloy wheels, while the XR’s sporty 18-inch alloys are sure to catch the eye.

It’s all very well if the car looks sporty, but does its bite match its bark? The answer is an emphatic yes! The top-of-the-range XR is powered by a new TNGA 2.0-litre petrol engine that comes with a choice of a six-speed manual gearbox or “10-speed” continuously variable transmission (CVT).

The 2.0-litre engine delivers a substantial 22kW and 27Nm increase in power and torque compared with its predecessor, with maximum outputs of 125kW and 200Nm. At the same time, the new Corolla’s high level of efficiency and advanced technology offer a lower fuel consumption than the previous petrol engine, returning combined cycle figures of 6l/100km for the CVT versions and 6.5l/100km for the manual variant.

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The Corolla Hatch

It’s all very well if the car looks sporty, but does its bite match its bark? The answer is an emphatic yes!

The mid-range XS is equipped with the 104kW 1.8-litre powertrain, exclusively mated to the CVT transmission.

In addition to the new powertrain, Toyota has substantially improved comfort, convenience and safety features across the board to deliver a premium, refined small sedan. A major contributor to the enhanced ride and crisp handling is the new double-wishbone, rear suspension set-up which is now standard across the Corolla sedan range.

It is clear that “Corolla” has become a brand, where the entry level Quest is biased towards practicality and versatility, the Hatch rachets up the image and performance, and the Sedan proclaims design and technology as its calling card.

This design and technology ethos is clearly visible in the cabin of the sedan, where the Corolla really does have it all! Priced from R372 700, the 1.8 XS CVT comes with LED headlights, push-start, cruise control, auto climate control, reverse camera with state-of-the-art Toyota Display Audio, multi-information display, steering switches with voice command as well as Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ functionality.

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On the safety front, this model is equipped with seven airbags (including a driver’s kneebag), an electronic parking brake, hill assist control and stability control as standard. 

The flagship 2.0-litre XR, which starts at R412 300, has every conceivable luxury and safety mod-con.

The standard menu is topped up with items such as Smart Entry, Bi-LED headlights with auto high-beam, laser-cut two-tone 18-inch alloys, an electrochromatic rear-view mirror, combination leather upholstery, steering wheel with paddle shifters (CVT), as well as Toyota’s Safety System which includes pre-crash activation, blind spot monitor, adaptive all-speed cruise control and lane departure alert.  

The new Corolla sedan lives up to #HasItAll – it has built on its iconic reputation for reliability and value to deliver a vehicle that combines price and performance, and where power and beauty go hand in hand.

Prices for the new Toyota Corolla Sedan:

Corolla 1.8 XS CVT: R372 700

Corolla 2.0 XR manual: R412 300

Corolla 2.0 XR CVT: R425 200

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