2008 Toyota Corolla | new car review

Posted on Jun 25, 2009 by



When it comes to a step above basic transportation,
the Corolla is at the forefront of being the chosen one. This is the
car that most first time car buyers put their money on – the basis
here they say is the bullet-proof reliability, low ownership costs
and resale value that the car commands. The Corolla is nothing short
but the archetypal economy car – it’s small, affordable,
fuel-efficient and reliable to the core. And it does not attract much
attention too. Fill in the gas, give it the occasional oil change and
the car will run past the 100,000 kilometers mark without much ado.
Not for nothing is the Corolla the world’s largest selling car in

The Corolla is all-new for the 2008 model-year and
apes the Camry in the styling department, losing its conservative
appearance to a new cheerful (debatable) looks.

Where the Corolla really distinguishes itself from
the rest of the pack is in the packaging and presentation of the
interior. The Corolla gets an interior which is decidedly upmarket.
Although everything looks familiar inside, the quality of the
presentation has definitely improved. Of particular interest is the
addition of Bluetooth capability and an auxiliary input jack as
standard for the iPod generation!

Two power plants are on offer – the humble
1.6-litre 4-cylinder in-line DOHC that makes 107bhp for buyers
looking for economy and for those wanting a bit more peppiness in
their car, a 1.8-litre 4-cylinder in-line DOHC making 130bhp. Both
the units feature Toyota’s tried and tested VVT-i technology for
better fuel management and optimum performance. Manual and automatic
gearboxes are offered with the latter the choice of most buyers.

The Corolla is a car highly recommended for
first-time car buyers looking for bullet-proof reliability, high
resale-value and average motoring.

Technical Specifications
Engine     1.6-litre 4-Cyl   1.8-litre 4-Cyl
Power     107 Bhp   130 Bhp
Torque     145 Nm   170 Nm
Transmission     Manual/Automatic   Manual/Automatic
Price Range

Starts from UAE Dirhams
52,000 upto 81,000*

* Prices are indicative and
may vary at the time of purchase. All prices are ex-Dubai showrooms.
Please check with your local dealer for current prices and offers.


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