Toyota Corolla Hatchback (97 - 04)

Used Toyota Corolla Hatchback 1997 - 2002 review

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(1997 - 2002)
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Which used Toyota Corolla hatchback should I buy?

Which hatch you choose depends on what you want from it. The three-door is arguably the most stylish, but the five-door offers more practicality than it or the four-door saloon. Early cars had single round headlamps, while post-February 2000 cars, with their restyled front ends, feature twin headlamps.

Avoid the original 2.0-litre 71bhp diesel engine; it's noisy and slow, and better diesels followed with a 68bhp 1.9-litre unit and a 109bhp 2.0 D-4D turbodiesel. Of the four petrol engines - 1.3, 1.4, 1.6 and 1.8-litre - our favourite is the punchy, variable-valve-timing-equipped 109bhp 1.6-litre.

Although far from quick, the six-speed 1.3 G6 boasts a body-kit, six-speed gearbox, sports seats a CD player and air-con, but was discontinued in February 2000.

From all the various combinations, the post-Feb 2000 1.6 GLS is our choice, and comes with twin airbags, anti-lock brakes, air-con, CD-multi-changer, alloy-wheels, electric windows and an electric sunroof.