Used Toyota Corolla Estate 1997 - 2004 review

Category: Estate car

Section: What is it like?

1997 - 2004 review
Toyota Corolla Estate (97 - 04)
  • Toyota Corolla Estate (97 - 04)
  • Toyota Corolla Estate (97 - 04)
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What's the used Toyota Corolla estate like?

The Corolla's estate body may say 'family car', but the truth is rather different, as the poor rear legroom prevents this car being the ideal family transport. It's okay for kids in the back, but adults will struggle.

Drop those easy folding rear seats, though, and the Corolla estate is transformed into a roomy load lugger. All models were fitted with roof rails and luggage covers as standard, too, and that all adds to the sense of practicality.

In fact, the whole car comes across as a workhorse. The shiny plastics on the dashboard have a cheap feel to them, but as the miles mount up, they prove durable and hardwearing.

Sadly, it's no more than workmanlike on the road, either. While the Corolla's handling is safe and predictable, it isn't much fun. The ride is hard and lumpy and the steering vague and inert. A Peugeot 306 estate of similar age will put a bigger smile on your face, but won't match the Toyota's reliability.