Premium or standard? Picking epithets for Toyota Corolla

cal step – when the prices for cars fly up, to declare an increase in status. As in the “Toyota” done with the updated “The Corolla”. But do not the words differ with the case?

If you open a press release of the updated Toyota Corolla, an abundance of epithets unfamiliar to this car will come to my mind. Here, “premium”, there “high-end”, but it is generally “unique.” I lived with the sedan for a week and now I’ll try to figure out from the points whether Corolla is really playing by other rules.

Planned works

This is not the case to wind circles around the machine, savoring every new detail. The design of the “Corolla” is easy to read from any angle. Headlights, radiator grille, bumpers are the minimum program for a planned upgrade. As for me, cosmetic work has benefited. Designers have expanded the air intakes from below and zauzili headlamps, thus giving the car a predatory look. Although attention to the roads has not increased. For a week, I have not been asked anywhere, as happens in such cases: “What, restyling, yes?”

I’ll draw attention, perhaps, only to optics. It is fully LED in the two highest trim levels. High-tech light indeed raises the status of the “Corolla”, although this is no longer a “unique offer in the classroom.” Recently tested Citroen C4 also boasts LED-headlights.

I do not know why, but in “Toyota” it is especially noted that the gaps between the body elements decreased from 5 to 4 mm. A sign of a premium or just an interesting fact? Rather, the second. The main thing is that they are everywhere the same. Although who would doubt it!

Modern and not very

Inside the Corolla, the owner now has more reasons to tell his friends about prestige. Pleasant-looking round deflectors are also convenient. The same can be said about the new levers of climate control. Paying cheap plastic is much less, on the center console it does not exist. Information from the color 4.2-inch display in the instrument cluster is read at a time. On the door handle soft upholstery, and next to the four buttons glass window – and all with automatic mode.

But the main highlight is immediately apparent – a seven-inch display with touch buttons on the perimeter under one large glass surface. Looks modern? Is it rich? Of course, although it’s time to change the system itself. When the Soviet hotel is converted into a network hotel of a well-known foreign brand, it still gives away the tiled-carpet spirit in the corridors. It was not possible to hide the low quality of the image and the inconvenience of the menu behind the gloss. And I would not say that the touch buttons are so convenient. They are good when they simplify the life of the driver. Let’s say he took a hand and instantly changed the volume with a slight wave of his hand. In the “Corolla” is not so. Here, in fact, just analogies of the usual buttons.

Trifles, of course. Immediately forgot about them if I got behind the wheel perfectly. The proportions of my body are quite standard, even average. But I noticed from the very first landing that there were not enough centimeters of the rudder’s departure. Well, or the length of the hands. If, of course, take the right posture.

And, of course, I would like in a car at the price of 1 294 000 rubles – so much is our “Corolla” in the “Style Plus” set – to see rain and light sensors. Although if you do not need them, then this version will do. Heating the steering wheel and the wiper zone is a priority, because it really matters to our buyer. Nevertheless, I would be careful not to call the equipment premium. The same Koreans already in the B-class steering wheel warm.

At the back there is a wonderful space. When the second row will heat up the seats and the third zone of climate control, I personally go out into the street with a banner “Toyota Corolla – a premium car.” In the meantime, it’s just pleasant and comfortable in comparison with many classmates.

Loves – forgive

On the technique of “Toyota” to a new level is not swung. And this is fortunately. Reliable atmospheric engines with volumes of 1.33, 1.6 and 1.8 liters are available for Corolla. I have a top engine with a power of 140 forces in a company with a variator. It is not often when the week of the test of a gasoline car does not have to be refueled even once. A portion of praise for a small expense deserved just a stepless transmission. With creepy autumn traffic jams, fuel consumption, if left for nine liters, is insignificant.

Although the variator gives smudge. Smoothly, but quickly reacts to the manipulation of the accelerator pedal. Therefore, the sedan on medium revs and city speeds is ready for sharp maneuvers. I do not even believe that with such a power plant, “Corolla” does not leave out of ten seconds when dispersing to a hundred.

But should this be checked? I do not advise. As well as it is worth forget about the existence of a sport mode of transmission. If, of course, the eardrums are expensive and do not want to awaken the sounds of a Soviet electric coffee-grinder in memory. Especially dynamics in daily life is enough without the maximum promotion of the motor. You will not push the right pedal – it’s hollow and will not show up. Who in cars especially appreciates the economy and practicality, then a bunch of a 1.8-liter motor with a variator will fall in love. And be sure to forgive the acoustic nuances of the transmission.

With a focus on comfort, the Japanese calculated the settings of springs and shock absorbers. The main thing is to look at the road and go around rough irregularities, otherwise the suspension is unpleasantly “gulping”. Pleasant move, but not honorably premium.

And so in everything. The old woman “Corolla” – 50 years on the market! – is still attractive in its class, but it will not give any special feeling of premium to its owner. And whether it is necessary to him? It seems that the car will be bought not because it is one step ahead of the golf hangouts, but for reliability and liquidity. And let it better remains the standard of the class, the model for the laggards, than the unfinished premium.

Characteristics of Toyota Corolla

Dimensions (length / width / height), cm 462.0 / 177.5 / 146.5
Wheelbase, cm 270
The equipped weight, kg 1375
Luggage space, l 452
Engine 4-cylinder, gasoline, 1798 cm³
Power, l. from. / Rev / min. 140/6400
Torque, Nm / rev / min. 173/4000
Transmission CVT
Drive front
Acceleration from 0-100 km / h, from 10,2
Maximum speed, km / h 195
Combined fuel consumption, l / 100 km 6.4