The Corolla name badge returns to the UK at least. It became the awful Auris for a while but why change a winning name combination? Especially as more than 25 million have been sold making it the most popular model in the world, ever. So why wouldn’t you want one of those last original Corollas from 2002?
So what is the Corolla? Here it is, the family hatchback as utterly reliable domestic appliance. If all you want to do is go about your daily business, as economically and efficiently as possible, this is the vehicle to do it in. Despite criticism of the styling this is probably the most handsome Corolla ever with purposeful, smart and not inoffensive looks. Where it matters though this model scores very highly being, spacious, practical and easy to drive and own. Like we said this is the world’s best selling car and this Corolla is probably the best version of all. However the Corolla is a bit pricey compared to the opposition, but you get excellent levels of standard equipment and a car built to impressively high standards. Where it matters, inside, the Corolla provides a decent amount of room for everyone. Drivers have a clear dashboard and it is all put together with some very high quality materials. On the road the petrol and diesel engines are all strong and effective, working well with the light and precise gear change. Driving a Corolla is almost fun as it corners with lots of grip and has very positive brakes. What the occupants will like the most though is that all outside noises have been cleverly subdued and the overall ride is seductively smooth.
Anything wrong with a Corolla? Nothing really. Some think it looks dull and is still dull to drive but that is only because all the previous generation Corollas have been fairly dreary and they can’t see beyond the badge. It is pricey, but you do get a decent amount of car and specification for the money and running costs are hardly outrageous either. Oh yes there is a saloon version that everyone forgets about which really is a little bit dull like Corollas of old, but is just a hatch with a boot. No one has ever actually seen one, but apparently it has a massive boot. The T Sport is not as sporty as it likes to think
Any Corolla problems? Like all Japanese cars and Toyotas in particular it is boringly reliable, which is of course a good thing. Proper servicing and it will last as long as all previous generation Corollas.