Which used Toyota Corolla hatchback should I buy?
All models have a four-star Euro NCAP safety rating, but our preference is for the more practical five-door hatchback over the three-door hatch or the saloon. All come with decent boot space, but the saloon's engine range is limited.
Steer clear of the early, less powerful 89bhp 2.0-litre D-4D engine which struggles when the car is fully laden. Its replacement, from May 2003, was only a 1.4-litre, but it does a better job, although you'll need to stretch to the 114bhp 2.0 D-4D for the strongest diesel punch.
However, when you take cost into account, best of all is the eager-revving 109bhp 1.6 petrol, while the 95bhp 1.4 petrol puts in a reasonable, if less swift, performance.
Of the various trims, we recommend T3, as air-con was only standard on T2 models following the facelift in July 2004. T3, on the other hand, features climate control, alloy wheels and rear electric windows over the already generous T2. Furter up the range, and the price lists, T Spirit cars get an electric sunroof.