Which used Toyota Corolla saloon should I buy?
It's not just for practical reasons that we prefer the hatchback over this saloon. Firstly, the four-door is far rarer on the used market and, secondly, its engine range is more limited.
As in the hatch, though, 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 does a better job. 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.
Trim-wise, look for a T3 model, as air-con was only standard on T2 models following the facelift in July 2004. Our recommended model features climate control, alloy wheels and rear electric windows over the already generous spec of the base T2.