2007 Toyota Corolla | new car review
The Toyota Corolla is a compact car known worldwide for its reliability, conventional engineering and low fuel consumption. Toyota has sold close to 30 million of these fine examples ever since it’s first launch in 1966. The Corolla is now well established as one of Toyota’s core models in the Middle East, alongside the Yaris and Camry, and contributes strongly to the company’s sustained record-breaking market performance.
The present body shape of the Corolla first debuted in 2000, and Toyota has kept it freshened up all through the years with slight redesign here and there. A complete overhaul is long due and we hope the next generation Corolla will be a ground-breaking one forming yet another benchmark for market-driven compact sedans. For the 2007 model year, the Corolla features a new vertical chrome-grille as opposed to the horizontal grille in the outgoing model. The taillights have also been restyled with new clear-lens design that are now red-toned for a more sporting look.
The Corolla is available in the Middle East market in two body styles: the mainstream four-door sedan and a roomy and practical station wagon. Like the sedan, the station wagons have also benefited from some styling changes and improved specifications for 2007MY. The changes have given the Corolla a wider appeal, more specifically attracting younger motorists with active lifestyles.
Quality and comfort is top notch in the Corolla – no wonder it is world’s best selling sedan. The steering wheel features tilt and telescopic adjustment and for 2007MY a new support steering bracket that provides a more rigid steering feel has been added. Easy-to-read instrumentation helps in creating a viable environment for the driver. It is a sensibly proportioned car providing adequate space inside for five.
Two engines are offered: a 1.3-litre base unit developing 92 bhp at 6000 rpm and a double overhead-cam l.8-litre producing 145 horsepower and 188 Nm of peak torque at 4,200 rpm. Both are four-cylinder units and use Toyota’s advanced Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i), optimising power delivery throughout the engine’s range, giving the Corolla punchy and reliable acceleration that makes for comfortable highway passing and merging. Gearboxes available are a five-speed manual and a four-speed automatic.
|Price (in AED)||49,000-64,000|