2014 Toyota Corolla | road test

Posted on Jan 20, 2014 by
2014 Toyota Corolla
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  • Rated 4 stars
  • Excellent
AEDAED 59,000 - 73,000
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  • Last modified: December 10, 2014
  • Exterior
    Editor: 80%
  • Interior
    Editor: 85%
  • Quality
    Editor: 70%
  • Features
    Editor: 80%
  • Performance
    Editor: 80%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 90%

Review Summary:

Gone are the days when the Corolla wasn’t the most aesthetically appealing or best equipped car out there. The new shape, new interior setup, and the newly introduced 2.0 litre engine, all help the 2014 Corolla up its game in the compact sedan segment.

Pros

Futuristic exterior design with the grille neatly integrating into the headlamps
Increase 10cm in wheelbase has led to a significant increase in rear leg room
Locking and unlocking the door without physically holding the key is a neat feature on the Corolla.

Cons

Music keeps skipping for the first one minute of the song
The four speed transmission is much too archaic to be found in a 2014 model.

Styling and design

The 2014 gets a completely new, modern look with no resemblance what so ever to the older Corolla. The futuristic looking front of the car now comes with optional projector headlamps and LEDs! Yes, you read that right; LED’s on a Corolla! The grille is smoothly integrated with the headlights, which gives the car a wider and more sportier look from the front end.

As far as the rear end is concerned, Toyota has tossed out the circular rear lights and replaced them with more contemporary-looking horizontal lights that also compliment the car’s overall modern look.

2014 Toyota Corolla front

Features

Our test Corolla was the top of the range Limited model which came fully equipped with all the gadgetry that could possibly be put in a Corolla. For starters, unlocking the 2014 Toyota Corolla is done through a smart keyless entry system, where you simply place your hand behind the door handle and the car unlocks as long as the key fob is within range. On the other hand, locking the Corolla is done by simply placing your finger on a finger pad on the door handle –  pretty sweet for a Corolla.

The centre stack has also been re-organized and has a Lexus vibe to it. The way the dashboard lines curve over the digital clock and the overall order of the systems, it seems like the designers may have been inspired by a certain Lexus model.

2014 Toyota Corolla interior

The entertainment system can be used through various sources. This includes a USB port, a 3.5mm AUX jack, and CD player, no Bluetooth connectivity though. The only gripe I had with the system, was that when I wanted to play music off a USB stick, every song lagged and skipped at least 5 times within the first minute of the song. Initially, I thought it was an issue with the USB stick, but after trying 5 different ones, I realised it was an issue with the system itself.

Drive and Handling

Toyota decided to get rid of the 1.8L engine option on the Corolla and kick it to the curb to make room for the new 2.0L engine. This new heart was powering the 2014 Corolla that we were testing. Despite a bigger engine under the bonnet, Toyota decided to carry forward the 4-speed Automatic gearbox from the previous Corolla.

2014 Toyota Corolla side

The Corolla’s drive is decent and it fulfils what it has set out to do. Acceleration from a standstill is decent, but it will not be breaking any records any time soon. There is really not much that is a problem with the Corolla’s drive experience except when you are on the highway travelling at 120Km/h sorts, the engine’s RPMs are annoyingly high due to the prehistoric 4-speed automatic gearbox. A fifth gear would have done wonders here to ease the engine out.

Suspension on the Corolla is soft enough to make the ride rather comfortable and smooth but without floating above the tarmac. Small potholes and uneven road are easily absorbed by the 2014 Toyota Corolla leaving the passengers comfortable. However, it is in tight parking lots where the new car shines. With an extremely light steering and relatively small body to navigate, there’s rarely an alley too tight for the mid-size sedan.

2014 Toyota Corolla rear

Comfort and Practicality

The interior of the 2014 Toyota Corolla is significantly roomier than its predecessor, thanks to the extra 10cms added to the wheelbase. The extra length translates into more legroom for occupants and also gives the feeling of an overall roomier cabin. The automatic air conditioning is also a great feature that is sure to be loved by people in this part of the world, once the warmer months are back. Finally, though the boot space is sufficient, when carrying items abnormally long, the 60:40 split rear seat is neat addition that is sure to come in handy.

2014 Toyota Corolla seating

Cost and verdict

The 2014 Toyota Corolla kicks off at 59,000 AED and goes up to 73,000 AED. For a car as reliable as the Corolla, an exceptional resale value and low cost of ownership, this is a good investment. It is safe to say, prepare for the flood of 2014 Corolla’s on the roads of the UAE.

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