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Toyota Corolla Ascent hatch 2017 review: snapshot

EXPERT RATING
6
The Ascent grade is the entry-point into the Corolla hatch range with prices starting from $20,190 for the manual gearbox, stepping up to $22,230 for the automatic.

The Ascent grade is the entry-point into the Corolla hatch range with prices starting from $20,190 for the manual gearbox, stepping up to $22,230 for the automatic.

Standard features include a multimedia unit with 6.1-inch screen, power windows, halogen projector headlights (not HID or xenon), air-conditioning, cruise control, Bluetooth, a reversing camera and rear parking sensors. There’s a six-speaker stereo with radio, CD player and MP3 compatible, and 16-inch steel wheels.

The Ascent is front-wheel drive and has a 1.8-litre four-cylinder petrol engine making a competent 103kW/173Nm.

The seven-speed continuously variable transmission (CVT) is smooth, but isn’t the most responsive automatic out there. There’s also a six-speed manual gearbox.

The Ascent hatch will run on 91 RON and Toyota says you should use between 6.1L/100km and 6.7L/100km of fuel on the combined (urban, extra-urban) fuel economy cycle.

All Corolla hatches are made in Japan (the sedan is Thai-built) and score the maximum five-star ANCAP rating. A 2017 update made advanced safety equipment such as AEB available for the first time, and this can be optioned on the Ascent grade.

Pricing Guides

$17,260
Based on 2277 cars listed for sale in the last 6 months
Lowest Price
$13,995
Highest Price
$29,990

Range and Specs

VehicleSpecsPrice*
Ascent 1.8L, ULP, CVT AUTO $13,995 – 19,999 2017 TOYOTA COROLLA 2017 Ascent Pricing and Specs
Ascent Sport 1.8L, ULP, CVT AUTO $14,990 – 21,980 2017 TOYOTA COROLLA 2017 Ascent Sport Pricing and Specs
Hybrid 1.8L, Hyb/PULP, CVT AUTO $21,470 – 26,990 2017 TOYOTA COROLLA 2017 Hybrid Pricing and Specs
SX 1.8L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $21,888 – 22,998 2017 TOYOTA COROLLA 2017 SX Pricing and Specs
EXPERT RATING
6
Richard Berry
Senior Journalist

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