List of Pros
- Comfortable driving position.
- Good vehicle steerability.
- Convenient roughness isolation.
- Energy-efficient engine.
List of Cons
- Sporadically crude plastic and finishing.
- Not enough headspace in the back.
- A volume control knob is absent.
- A hybrid version is not available.
Toyota Corolla Overview
Toyota Corolla has been on the market since 1966. In 2016, Toyota released an updated version of the 11th generation of Corolla – a popular front-wheel-drive sedan of C-class with a longer wheelbase increased, extended luggage compartment, and improved interior.
The vehicle is available in three new shades – red, gray and dark brown. The updated futuristic design includes narrowed arrow-shaped LED optics and taillights in the front, embossed bumpers and rims, and a modified radiator grille with greatly increased air intake. Standard low-beam LED headlights are an example of a flexible design, and dipped-beam headlamps provide superior visibility than other sources – halogen, xenon, or LED.
The interior is still a little behind some of its competitors, like Ford Focus or Chevrolet Cruze. One of the positive features is a soft upholstered dashboard top. Door panels on which you are likely to lean, however, are hard. Ventilation pane has got a bit different shape and the interior light is monochrome now.
Technology & performance
All basic trims use a 4-cylinder 1.8-liter engine. The majority of models use a 132 hp version of this engine, while the Eco model uses 140 hp with an innovative gas distribution system called Valvematic. The vehicle accelerates to 96.56 km h in 9.9 sec, slightly slower than an average car of this class. Sport mode allows faster acceleration, improving throttle response but badly affecting fuel economy. Variable-speed transmissions restrain engine speed from sudden gusts during acceleration on the highway. Average fuel consumption is 7.35 liters per 100 km. Motorway fuel consumption is pleasantly impressive – 5.47 liters per 100 km.
Front seats are fairly flat, with moderate lining. A seat pad is soft and easily compressed so it can sit in during a long journey. Seat trim does not allow for adjustment of the lumbar support, but you can adjust the height.
Climate Control System
Automatic climate control is working smoothly. Seat heater and heated steering wheel don’t come in every rim, but it is not likely you’ll need those for Nigerian climate.
An intelligent system of keyless access and Smart Entry & Start System allows you to unlock the car with one touch to the door handle. Inside, you will find a simple large analog speedometer and tachometer. The dashboard is automatically highlighted when the headlights go on. Route information, temperature, and fuel consumption are displayed on a small dashboard screen.
Smartphone integration is very simple, and re-connecting starts immediately after you return to the car. A nice interface displays information about a track currently playing and album art. Voice commands can be used only to initiate a call or to use other smartphone features unless your car is equipped with a separate navigation system.
Storage and Space
Passengers in the front seats have a small open compartment in front of the gear lever. A closed compartment between front seats has a fragile second-tier – probably the only thing that can be easily broken. The glovebox is huge. Each door provides a compartment for storing road maps.
Front passengers have 2 cup holders between the seats. Passengers in the back get cup holders mounted on the back of the central compartment and door-mounted cast bottle holders.
The car trunk holds three large upright-standing suitcases and a gym bag. However, open hinge covers can pinch high objects when the trunk is closed. The area can be increased by folding one or both rear seatbacks in a 60/40 ratio. The maximum carrying capacity is 392.36 kg. The trunk opens with a button on the floor inside the passenger compartment, a button on the key fob key, or a key.
The dashboard is set deep, and the rear shelf for small things is high. These are minor flaws, although they are not typical for modern sedans. Large windows and narrow roof racks create a fairly good overall overview. The suspension absorbs bumps on the road, with only a small degree of impact so the car remains highly stable.
Large doorways provide easy access to both the front and rear seats. Rear seats are comfortable for an adult during short trips but not always during long journeys. Nevertheless, given the compact size of the Corolla, the spacious rear seat with a lot of space for legs and knees is a pleasant surprise. Space for the feet is also sufficient due to the flat floor.
The eleventh generation Corolla is built on a platform with classic McPherson struts in the front suspension and the same classic torsion beam at the rear. Structurally, the suspension remained the same, although Japanese engineers managed to reconfigure it a bit, improving handling, comfort, and other characteristics. Steering and brakes have been also upgraded. Noise levels from the oncoming airflow and road impact have been reduced.
Materials used for the interior are pleasantly tactile. You won’t find genuine leather finishing but Softex synthetic leather widely used by Toyota is of high quality. Some items, however, look rather cheap. You can notice open bolt heads where sun visors are mounted. Boot lid hinges are not covered either so you can see the wiring along the left hinge.
Safety & Reliability
The braking system is good, with a relatively short stopping distance on both surfaces. The front seat belts are equipped with belt tensioners. Front seat passengers are protected by front, side, and head airbags. The latter are designed to protect passengers in the rear seats, too. Knee airbag for the driver and seat-mounted airbag for the passenger in the back are standard. The passenger detection system can deactivate the front airbag if the seat is free or occupied by a child. In some cases, you may need to remove a central head restraint to install a high child seat.
Should I Buy the Toyota Corolla?
Toyota Corolla 2016 is not revolutionary in any way, it also doesn’t shine with the design and attention to details of the interior trim. However, it has another and very significant advantage: you can rely on it.
The eleventh generation of Toyota Corolla has passed another round of evolution, becoming more comfortable, modern, and attractive but sticking to the same values – high usability, simplicity, and reliability. If you are looking for a simple “yes/no” answer, then put all doubts aside. Toyota Corolla is worth buying for its balance of good performance and consumer qualities, or a spacious interior and time-tested equipment.
How Much Does the Toyota Corolla Cost?
If you are looking specifically for the 2016 Toyota Corolla, you can be lucky to find a vehicle that costs N2,500,000. An average price on Jiji.ng is N5,000,000; it depends on the car trim and condition. You can also consider earlier Corolla models with similar features if you are looking for something more budget-friendly.