2022 Toyota Corolla
|Price||$25,395 - $35,645|
|Fuel Efficiency||3.5 - 6 / 100km|
About the Corolla
The Toyota Corolla is Australia's top-selling passenger vehicle, and one of the best-known nameplates in the world. It's available as a hatchback or sedan, with petrol and hybrid engines.
Super low running costs
Good ride and handling balance
Unpretentious, reliable motoring
Hatch has small boot
Hybrid feels underpowered
Tyre noise on coarse roads
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Toyota Corolla hybrid review 2020
This is the BEST selling car in the world! It's crazy, but Toyota has sold over 50 million Toyota Corollas and now it's available as a hybrid! The Corolla once had the image of being quite a boring mode of transport, but has that all changed?
- Ascent Sport hatch 2.0 manual: $23,895
- Ascent Sport sedan 2.0 manual: $23,895
- Ascent Sport hatch 2.0 auto: $25,395
- Ascent Sport sedan 2.0 auto: $25,395
- Ascent Sport hatch 1.8 hybrid: $27,395
- Ascent Sport sedan 1.8 hybrid: $27,395
- SX hatch 2.0 auto: $28,795
- SX sedan 2.0 auto: $28,795
- SX hatch 1.8 hybrid: $30,795
- SX sedan 1.8 hybrid: $30,795
- ZR hatch 2.0 auto: $32,695
- ZR sedan 2.0 auto: $34,195
- ZR hatch 1.8 hybrid: $34,695
All prices exclude on-road costs
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The entry Ascent Sport comes standard with:
- 16-inch alloy wheels
- Full-size spare (petrols)
- Temporary spare (hybrids)
- LED headlights
- LED tail lights
- LED daytime running lights
- Cloth seats
- 4.2-inch trip computer
- Manual A/C (petrols)
- Dual-zone climate control (hybrid hatch)
- Single-zone climate control (hybrid sedan)
- 8.0-inch touchscreen display
- Bluetooth and USB
- Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
- Six speakers
- Proximity key access (hybrids only)
- Reversing camera
The SX grade adds the following:
- Temporary spare wheel
- Paddle shifters (petrol)
- Front LED fog lights
- Bi-beam LED headlight upgrade (hybrid sedan only)
- Auto electronically retractable side mirrors
- Rear privacy glass
- ‘Premium’ wheel and shifter
- Dual-zone climate control (hatch)
- Single-zone climate control (sedan)
- Proximity key access
- Extra USB point
- Digital radio
- Wireless phone charger
The ZR grade adds the following:
- 18-inch alloy wheels
- Tyre repair kit (hybrid hatch)
- Bi-beam LED headlight upgrade
- Rain-sensing wipers (sedan)
- Sports bucket seats
- Leatherette (sedan)
- Ultrasuede (hatch)
- Heated front seats, driver-side power adjust
- Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
- 7.0-inch trip computer
- Head-up display
- Eight-speaker JBL audio upgrade (hatch)
- Nine-speaker JBL audio upgrade (sedan)
- Sunroof (sedan)
- Two-tone paint (hatch, option)
Corollas have plenty of seat and wheel adjustments, to suit all occupant sizes. The analogue gauges flank two trip computer options, and ZR grades get a projecting head-up display.
The touchscreen and infotainment systems offer nothing cutting-edge, and you need to option sat-nav and DAB in base models. But all have phone mirroring and reversing cameras.
In terms of build quality the Corolla is always excellent, and all controls are functional and simple to use. There's nothing overly flash – stitch-work, and the ZR's ambient lighting aside – but function trumps form.
Back seat space is not best-in-class, but two average-sized adults can fit back there, and there are outboard ISOFIX child-seat anchors, and top tether points.
The sedan has 470L of luggage space, while the hatchback has between 217L and 333L. The larger of the two volumes is for models without a spare wheel. This is pretty pokey by class standards.
The ZR hatch in particular looks quite sharp with its 18-inch wheels, but all have nice light signature and curvaceous, inoffensive styling.
The edgier five-door hatch is definitely skewed towards younger buyers than the more safe and staid four-door sedan.
- Glacier White
- Frosted White ($575 extra)
- Silver Pearl ($575 extra)
- Jasper Red ($575 extra)
- Graphite ($575 extra)
- Eclectic Blue ($575 extra)
- Peacock Black ($575 extra)
- Eclipse Black ($575 extra)
- Glacier White
- Frosted White ($575 extra)
- Silver Pearl ($575 extra)
- Atomic Rush red ($575 extra)
- Lunar Blue ($575 extra)
- Saturn Blue ($575 extra)
- Celestite Grey ($575 extra)
- Ink ($575 extra)
Cost of Ownership
The first five services at intervals of 12 months or 15,000km apiece are each capped at $205 across the Toyota Corolla range.
How it Drives
The TNGA platform and all-round independent suspension (trailing wishbone rear) look good on paper, and indeed this Corolla is way sharper on turn-in and flatter through corners than older models.
It's actually quite a sporty car in handling terms.
However, the suppression of noise, vibration and harshness could be better, the ride quality on 18-inch wheels degrades over the 16s, and the hybrid – while extremely efficient – is a sluggish under hard acceleration.
The Corolla has an ANCAP rating of five stars based on testing conducted in 2018. It received scores of 96 per cent in adult occupant protection, 83 per cent in child occupant protection, 86 per cent in vulnerable road user protection, and 76 per cent in safety assist.
The entire range comes standard with the following safety features:
- Autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection
- Lane-keeping assist
- Lane-departure warning
- Lane-tracing assist
- Adaptive cruise control (high speed-only in manual models)
- Traffic sign recognition
- Reversing camera
- Front, front-side and curtain airbags
- Driver’s knee airbag
The SX and ZR add blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.
Having launched in 2018, the Corolla is a tick over half way through its lifecycle. An update will likely arrive later in 2022.
Metallic paint is the only option.
The Toyota Corolla is backed by a five-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty.
Corolla Stock Availability
All Toyotas are in short supply at the moment, but Corolla stock will improve as the year progresses.
Corolla Boot Space
The sedan has a decent 470L of luggage space, while the hatchback has between 217L (pokey as heck) and 333L. The larger of the two volumes is for models without a spare wheel.
Corolla Fuel Economy
The 2.0-litre petrol Corolla uses 6.0L/100km on the combined cycle.
Fuel economy in the hybrid is 4.2L/100km in the hatch and just 3.6L/100km in the sedan. Unbeatable.
All models run on 91RON regular unleaded fuel and have a 50L fuel tank except for the hybrid models, which use a 43L tank.
Depending on the variant, view the 2022 TOYOTA COROLLA fuel usage below.
All Highway, City, and Combined figures below are litres per 100km
|ASCENT SPORT||MZEA12R||4D SEDAN||UNLEADED PETROL||-||-||6.0||-|
|ASCENT SPORT||MZEA12R||5D HATCHBACK||UNLEADED PETROL||-||-||6.0||-|
|ASCENT SPORT + NAVIGATION||MZEA12R||4D SEDAN||UNLEADED PETROL||-||-||6.0||-|
|ASCENT SPORT + NAVIGATION||MZEA12R||5D HATCHBACK||UNLEADED PETROL||-||-||6.0||-|
|ASCENT SPORT HYBRID||ZWE211R||4D SEDAN||UNLEADED PETROL/ELECTRIC||-||-||3.5||-|
|ASCENT SPORT HYBRID||ZWE211R||5D HATCHBACK||UNLEADED PETROL/ELECTRIC||-||-||4.2||-|
|ASCENT SPORT + NAVI HYBRID||ZWE211R||4D SEDAN||UNLEADED PETROL/ELECTRIC||-||-||3.5||-|
|ASCENT SPORT + NAVI HYBRID||ZWE211R||5D HATCHBACK||UNLEADED PETROL/ELECTRIC||-||-||4.2||-|
|SX||MZEA12R||5D HATCHBACK||UNLEADED PETROL||-||-||6.0||-|
|SX||MZEA12R||4D SEDAN||UNLEADED PETROL||-||-||6.0||-|
|SX HYBRID||ZWE211R||5D HATCHBACK||UNLEADED PETROL/ELECTRIC||-||-||4.2||-|
|SX HYBRID||ZWE211R||4D SEDAN||UNLEADED PETROL/ELECTRIC||-||-||3.5||-|
|ZR||MZEA12R||5D HATCHBACK||UNLEADED PETROL||-||-||6.0||-|
|ZR TWO TONE OPTION||MZEA12R||5D HATCHBACK||UNLEADED PETROL||-||-||6.0||-|
|ZR||MZEA12R||4D SEDAN||UNLEADED PETROL||-||-||6.0||-|
|ZR HYBRID||ZWE211R||5D HATCHBACK||UNLEADED PETROL/ELECTRIC||-||-||4.2||-|
|ZR TWO TONE OPTION HYBRID||ZWE211R||5D HATCHBACK||UNLEADED PETROL/ELECTRIC||-||-||4.2||-|
The Corolla hatch measures 4375mm long, 1435mm tall and 1790mm wide, with a 2640mm wheelbase.
The Corolla sedan measures 4630mm long, 1435mm tall and 1780mm wide, with a 2700mm wheelbase.
Depending on the variant, the 2022 TOYOTA COROLLA measures as below.
|Variant||Series||Style||Length (mm)||Width (mm)||Height (mm)||Wheelbase (mm)|
|ASCENT SPORT||MZEA12R||4D SEDAN||4630||1780||1435||2700|
|ASCENT SPORT||MZEA12R||5D HATCHBACK||4375||1790||1435||2640|
|ASCENT SPORT + NAVIGATION||MZEA12R||4D SEDAN||4630||1780||1435||2700|
|ASCENT SPORT + NAVIGATION||MZEA12R||5D HATCHBACK||4375||1790||1435||2640|
|ASCENT SPORT HYBRID||ZWE211R||4D SEDAN||4630||1780||1435||2700|
|ASCENT SPORT HYBRID||ZWE211R||5D HATCHBACK||4375||1790||1435||2640|
|ASCENT SPORT + NAVI HYBRID||ZWE211R||4D SEDAN||4630||1780||1435||2700|
|ASCENT SPORT + NAVI HYBRID||ZWE211R||5D HATCHBACK||4375||1790||1435||2640|
|SX HYBRID||ZWE211R||5D HATCHBACK||4375||1790||1435||2640|
|SX HYBRID||ZWE211R||4D SEDAN||4630||1780||1435||2700|
|ZR TWO TONE OPTION||MZEA12R||5D HATCHBACK||4375||1790||1435||2640|
|ZR HYBRID||ZWE211R||5D HATCHBACK||4375||1790||1435||2640|
|ZR TWO TONE OPTION HYBRID||ZWE211R||5D HATCHBACK||4375||1790||1435||2640|
The 2022 TOYOTA COROLLA has a braked towing capacity of 1300kg and an unbraked towing capacity of 450kg.
Corolla Market Fit
Both body styles are classified as Small Cars under $40,000.
Corolla Sales Data
Corolla was number-one in class in 2021, recording 28,768 sales for 29.1 per cent market share.
Its closest rivals were the Hyundai i30 (25,575), Kia Cerato (18,114), and Mazda 3 (14,126).
Should you buy the Corolla
These sell so well, and for good reason. There are flaws around packaging, but overall it's bulletproof and cheap-to-run motoring, with newfound dynamic nous and pretty sharp design.
Toyota Corolla Interesting Facts
The Corolla is now into its 12th generation, and has on many occasions been the world's top-selling car over a calendar year.