2019 Toyota Corolla Hatch Road Test, Launch Review

Intro

Since 1965, Toyota Corolla has been a top seller for the company, frequently topping the top ten Australian best seller list too.

TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) promises better performance, better handling, better economy, new engines and transmissions, and a sexier look and feel.

Does it deliver?

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Exterior

The face of Corolla is stunning.

All models have a handsome set of LED headlights. The fresh modern look is best viewed from the 3/4 view either from the front or back.

Toyota design can be quite complex with lines, cuts, and sculpturing everywhere. Corolla manages to make sense of the language. Bulges over the guards and deeply sculptured lower doors make the little hatch look muscular.

Headlights have an auto-on function with smart high beams as standard and look a million dollars.

From the back, Corolla looks like a concept drawing has come to life. Deep folds cross the tail lights and bumper emphasise bright LEDs outlining the clusters. It is quite beautiful.

Indicators and reversing lights are equally bright, and each of the grades has a hybrid model. So, the Toyota badge has a blue highlight and enormous HYBRID badge to signify batteries are on board.

Integrated exhaust outlets and smooth bumper with blackened lower section make the rump look positively petite.

Beneath the doors, a body kit flares slightly adding an extra nod to sporty aspirations.

The rear hatch is made of a composite material and feels very light to lift open.

The side profile doesn’t have quite the dynamic impact of the front and rear, but as a package, styling looks the business.