Many folk all over the world buy the Toyota Corolla for its legendary reliability. In South Africa car buyers opt for the Corolla for its proven value for money when coming to fuel economy. The diesel models of the new Corolla, the 1.4 D-4D, have added more kudos to Corolla’s reputation for petrol efficiency.
The D-4D burns just 4.5l/ 100km of fuel, while it produces 66kW and 205 Nm – power figures not to be sneered at in this category. Performance-wise the Corolla D-4D can use only 12,5 seconds from 0-100km, and produce a top speed of 180km/h.
Driving this Corolla model however is not all about engine power but the empowerment it delivers to you to enjoy its comfort and the sheer driving pleasure. If looks could kill, the 11th generation Corolla has that and more.
The interior is neat and user-friendly, with all the good things you need in a modern car in the right places. The dashboard is the best ever in a Toyota, and even better with a 6.1 inch colour touch display. The LCD offers a modern way of planning and enjoying a trip, with information such as fuel range coming in handy.While comfort can be luxury, safety is a necessity and the D-4D and fellow 11th generation Corolla models have received thumbs up for this by, among others, achieving 5 stars in the EuroNCAP testing. The interior is fitted with numerous airbags and the front seats are fitted with ELR (Emergency Locking Retractor) seatbelts, which lock under certain g-forces.The models boast active systems such as ABS, VSC (Vehicle Stability Control), BA (Brake Assist) and EBD. The ABS system is all new.Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and a million South Africans now and in the past who owned a Corolla know that truth very well. That’s why is so hard to let go of your Corolla. . .The 1.4D retails at R249900 for the Prestige model, and R237 900 Esteem. Both come with a three-year/100,000km warranty and a standard five-year/ 90 000 km service plan. Service intervals are set at 15 000 km.