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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    4 out of 5 stars

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10 reader reviews for Toyota Corolla Hatchback.
  • 1.4 VVT-i GS 5dr

    Kevin Smith , Northumberland . Date: 25/11/2013
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      41.5

    My car

    Bought this low mileage (27k) and 8 years old for £2900. It's the Calida special which i believe lay between GS and GLS. I've taken it for a 65000 mile test drive over 4 1/2 years. It has always used a little oil and has to be revved hard on hills as it is tuned for fuel economy not power but I have verified 45mpg at the pump which is more important to me. It has never let me down but a few little things have gone wrong - it needed a brake caliper, an oxygen sensor and twice brake discs & pads. The air con button retreated into the dash one day when I jabbed it too hard. Most annoyingly the engine fault light is itself faulty - spending so much time on that we now call it the "engine present light" and heartily ignore it. I actually wondered what was wrong a couple of weeks ago when it was off for about 5 miles! Neither dealership nor independent garage have been able to trace why it is on - the diagnostic program says there is no fault! I am currently anxiously waiting to see if the light will make it an MOT fail under the new rules though my reading of the AA advice on this suggests it is not one of the safety features. I shall miss having the choice of cassette or CD when I eventually replace it - and it has definitely skewed my thoughts in favour of a car from a Japanese manufacturer - Toyota or Honda featuring prominently due to their British built diesels...

  • 1.4 VVT-i GS 3dr

    DAVID MONTGOMERY Date: 24/04/2008
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    the corolla is a fine machine amazing on fuel and even better performance when you want it keeps up with bigger engined cars only the gray interior lets it down abit bit i have had this car for a year and a half and i have never broken down

    japanese cars are the ultimate

  • 1.4 VVT-i GLS 5dr

    S Wilson Date: 14/06/2007
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I bought this car secondhand from a main dealer in 2002, when it was a year old.

    The car has been reliable up to now but the engine does use quite a lot of oil. Front and rear brake discs, as well as pads, were changed under warranty before it was two years old, due to wear. Alloy wheels were changed twice under warranty before it was three years old due to corrosion, and they are very corroded again. Toyota seems to have a problem making alloy wheels.

    I get about 35 miles to the gallon running around the doors or about 47 to the gallon on longer runs.

  • 1.3i 16v 3dr

    Johan Normark Date: 11/04/2007
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    This car is actually my mum's car. She is a real fan and now drives her fifth one, a Millenium edition with special paint, seats and trim. It's nice and sporty looking, but by occasion I had to take her car on a longer trip and the same hell came to me as my own Corolla DX gave back in the 80s, the one my mum adored.

    Small, unsupportive seats and on that a unsupported chassis rolling like a fishing boat in for the smallest wind gust and the noise, I heard every notch and stone from Stockholm to Gotenburgh. The engine revs like hell but where the horses went bugs me, but it's very fuel efficent and as usual it will probably last for ever.

    Is it a good car? No.

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