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Toyota Corolla Overview (2024) | Autocar


What does the phrase ‘high quality’ imply to you? When speaking concerning the inside of a BMW or Vary Rover, it’s typically taken to seek advice from how subjectively ‘good’ the supplies really feel. If that’s your precedence, the Corolla isn’t the automotive for you. Nevertheless, for those who take it to seek advice from the longevity of the elements, that’s a unique story.

Clearly, we are able to’t take a look at how a automotive will maintain up over 10 years, however the Corolla appears like you could possibly set off a grenade in its inside and the grenade would come off worse. There isn’t any frivolity to be discovered among the many expanses of black rubberised ‘elephant pores and skin’ and plastic, nevertheless it positive feels constructed to final.

Most of this can be very simple to make use of too. There are apparent knobs and buttons for the local weather management, chunky switches for features just like the traction management and handbrake, and a pair of military-grade rocker switches for the heated seats. They’re not fairly, however on a chilly morning, you’ll be very grateful you’ll be able to simply jab the swap reasonably than anticipate a display screen in addition up.

Whereas the Corolla’s inside is pleasantly old-school in its method to switchgear, it’s considerably unpleasantly old-school in its versatility. The door bins are fairly small, and the cupholders are espresso-sized as effectively. There’s a tray in entrance of the gearlever. On greater trims, it’s a wi-fi telephone charger, however on decrease trims, it’s simply arduous plastic and stuff tends to slip out of it.

Total, the Corolla isn’t the roomiest hatchback you should purchase. In contrast with a Seat or Cupra Leon, the Corolla 1.8’s boot is barely smaller (361 litres versus 380) and the two.0-litre’s boot even smaller nonetheless, at 313 litres. It’s within the rear the place the Corolla is fairly cramped: by our measurements, the Leon has 10cm extra leg room, in addition to a good chunk extra head room. The property is extra comfy within the rear due to its longer wheelbase and straighter roof line, however most of its property rivals will likely be roomier nonetheless.

Infotainment part – 3 Stars

Infotainment has lengthy been Toyota’s Achilles heel. It muddled together with a painfully dated system for a very long time, solely to exchange it with an all-new interface that takes just a few steps forwards, however just a few steps again as effectively.

The Corolla launched with Toyota’s previous system, which had ugly graphics and a poor navigation system, however did function some chunky shortcut buttons, and gained wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in 2020.

In 2022, all trims besides Icon acquired the newer Toyota Sensible Join+ on an 8.0in display screen. The 2023 replace stored the identical interface, however upgraded the display screen to 10.5in for all trims besides the van. The brand new graphics look crisp and fashionable, the menus aren’t too deep and are fairly logical. There’s no residence display screen combining media and navigation, nonetheless, and it loses its bodily controls other than the amount. There’s a digital shortcut bar, nevertheless it inexplicably disappears whenever you use smartphone mirroring (which is now wi-fi), which makes switching between the native interface and telephone mirroring fairly tough. As customary, there’s only a solitary USB port, which is joined by one other on greater trims.

Some early, low-spec variations had analogue gauges with a smaller display screen, however the majority of Corollas have a principally digital gauge cluster. It has by no means been the prettiest, most configurable or clearest interface in the marketplace, however for essentially the most half, it has all the time been largely inoffensive. The 2023 replace introduced a way more fashionable and clearer interface that permits for extra personalisation. The most important annoyance stays, nonetheless: some car settings, together with a few of the driver help programs, should be adjusted in a clunky, black and white interface that’s stuffed with impenetrable abbreviations.

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