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What Car? says

3 out of 5 stars

For Good build quality, smooth petrol engines, reliability

Against Early diesel is sluggish and noisy, limited rear room

Verdict It’ll get you from A to B reliably and reasonably safely

Go for… 1.6 GLS

Avoid… Early 2.0-litre diesel

Toyota Corolla Hatchback
  • 1. Ensure that the cambelt has been changed every 60,000 miles
  • 2. The front wheel bearings have been known to give trouble
  • 3. Faulty engine electronic control units can lead to poor performance
  • 4. The cabin is roomy enough, but the dull plastic makes it thoroughly unattractive
  • 5. The boot space is no more than reasonably good
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