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EXPERT RATING
8.1

Likes

  • Great value
  • Big boot
  • Good rear legroom

Dislikes

  • No wireless charging
  • Parking sensors not standard
  • Hard cabin plastics

The Ascent Sport is the entry point into the Corolla sedan range with list pricing starting at $23,335 for the manual petrol variant (add $1500 for the CVT auto) and topping out with hybrid at $26,335.

Standard features on the Ascent Sport include: LED headlights, tail-lights and daytime running lights; 16-inch alloy wheels; an 8.0-inch screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto; fabric seats; air-conditioning; and a six-speaker stereo. The hybrid Ascent Sport adds climate control, proximity unlocking and 15-inch alloys.

The petrol variant has a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine making 125kW/200Nm. The entry-grade Ascent Sport gives buyers a choice of a six-speed manual gearbox or a CVT auto. Grades above the Ascent Sport only come with the auto.

The hybrid combines a 1.8-litre four-cylinder petrol engine  (72kW/142Nm) and an electric motor (53kW/163Nm). A CVT auto does the honours here, too.

Toyota says that after a combination of open and urban roads it should use 6.0L/100km with the automatic transmission and 6.5 with the manual gearbox.

The hybrid is the mileage hero with Toyota saying the combined fuel economy is 3.5L/100km.

The Corolla hatch scored the maximum five-star ANCAP rating when it was tested in 2018. Coming standard across the range is advanced safety equipment such as AEB with pedestrian and cyclist detection, active cruise control, lane departure alert with steering assistance, auto high beam, lane trace assist with lane centring and speed sign recognition.

Read the full 2020 Toyota Corolla review

Toyota Corolla 2020: Ascent Sport

Safety Rating
Engine Type Inline 4, 2.0L
Fuel Type Unleaded Petrol
Fuel Efficiency 6.0L/100km (combined)
Seating 5
Price From $21,230 - $26,840

Pricing Guides

$27,979
Based on 803 cars listed for sale in the last 6 months.
LOWEST PRICE
$14,995
HIGHEST PRICE
$43,990

Range and Specs

Vehicle Specs Price*
Ascent Sport (hybrid) 1.8L, Unleaded Petrol/Electric, SPEED CONTINUOUS VARIABLE $24,530 - $30,250
Ascent Sport + Navi (hybrid) 1.8L, Unleaded Petrol/Electric, SPEED CONTINUOUS VARIABLE $25,410 - $31,350
SX (hybrid) 1.8L, Unleaded Petrol/Electric, SPEED CONTINUOUS VARIABLE $26,070 - $32,120
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*Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price
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