The Toyota Corolla SX 2018 hatchback is the mid-point of the three-model range, sitting above the Ascent Sport and below the ZR.

The SX petrol model is available with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine with a 10-speed CVT auto priced at $26,870, or a 1.8-litre petrol-electric hybrid with CVT for just $1500 more ($28,370).

For your extra expenditure over the Ascent Sport you get exterior differentiators such as fog lights and privacy glass, while inside there's a 'premium steering wheel', dual-zone climate control, a wireless phone charger, push-button start and keyless entry, DAB+ digital radio and satellite navigation with live traffic updates. The SX has two USB ports (one front, one rear), and blind-spot monitoring is added to this grade.

That's on top of the already extensive safety kit list, comprising auto emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian detection (day and night) and bicyclist detection (day), adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning with lane-keeping assist, speed sign recognition, active cornering control (torque vectoring by braking), a reversing camera and seven airbags (dual front, front side, curtain and driver's knee).

The SX has 16-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights (with auto high-beam), LED daytime running lights, LED tail-lights, an 8.0-inch touchscreen media system with Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, voice recognition, a six-speaker stereo.

All Corolla models will attract a $550 extra cost for premium paint.