Corolla marks fifty years

2017-02-01 06:01
Facelifted 2017 Toyota Corolla.

Facelifted 2017 Toyota Corolla.

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FIFTY years is a long time no matter how you slice it, so dear Corolla take a bow. It's cultivated a legacy of reliability and affordability for itself, from humble beginnings to market leader for as long as some can remember.

This generation alone has sold over one million units, and that's just in South Africa.

Toyota dubs it the 'Minor change' update and for good reason, there's little to distinguish it from 2016's model. The changes they have effected however, revised lamp clusters and bumpers, bring it back in line with the original Prestige Concept. It's somewhat emboldened thanks to strong horizontal lines across the headlights that appear to spread across the metal surfaces and gives the car a wider perceived stance.

New tech, enhanced interior

Drop into the cabin and again, updates are of the blink and you'll miss it variety. Soft touch materials are ride and there's now more sound absorption than before and naturally that means a ride that feels more refined. Comfortable too, thanks to a revised spring and shock combination to reduce lateral and damping forces. A 7" touchscreen replaces the 6.1 item of old, now a VFD display for an increased viewing angle and clarity.

And if you're expecting a sportier cabin in the Sprinter derivative then I have bad news for you... there won't be one in the ten model range that starts with the 1.3 Esteem (R261 300) right up to the range topping 1.8 CVT Exclusive at R349 400. For which you get a hell of a lot of car.

Safety gets a decent upgrade with new acronyms into the fray, VSA and HSA, aka stability and hill assist. Rear gig lamps are standard across the range, as are seven airbags and ABS. All Corollas are covered by a five year or 90 000km service plan for peace of mind too.

The 11th generation of Corolla then, won't surprise you, which is precisely it's appeal. It's a solid C Segment offering, a deserving stalwart, and with the latest updates will continue to earn its keep.

The range


ABS with BA, EBD

Auto Door lock

Daytime running lights: LED

Steering Wheel Switches, USB and Aux, Bluetooth

VSC (1.6 & above), HAC (1.6 & above)

15” Steel wheels

Airbags: D+P+S
Prices: 1.3 Esteem: R261 300, 1.6 Esteem: R280 200, 1.4 D Esteem: R294 400


Audio touchscreen/DVD Reversing monitor

Cruise control

Leather seats and steering wheel

16” Alloy wheels

Price: 1.3 Prestige: R281 300, 1.4 D Prestige: R307 500, 1.6 Prestige: R299 900, 1.6 Prestige AT: R314 000, 1.8 Prestige 313 500


Auto climate control
Push Start
Smart Entry
Rain-sensing wipers

Airbags: D+P+S+C+K

Auto Headlight levelling

Fog lights

Auto Interior Rear View Mirror

Speedometer with TFT Colour Display

Price: 1.8 Exclusive: R336 300

*All models are covered by a 5-year or 90 000km service plan and a three-year/100 000km -Wheels24

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