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Toyota Corolla Australia

As one of the world's oldest nameplates, the Toyota Corolla defines ubiquity.

Australia was the Corolla's first foray into a foreign market, arriving on our shores in 1967 as a tiny sedan in a big country. Since then, the Corolla has moved with the times, selling as a coupé, station wagon and even a two-door van over the years.

Now available as a small-sized hatch and sedan, the Corolla Ascent Sport kicks things off at $23,335 with the top model, Corolla ZR TWO Tone Option (hybrid) priced at $35,645.

The Corolla faces strong competition from the likes of the Volkswagen Golf and Mazda3, but Toyota has made more than 40 million Corollas so far – and sold more than a million in Australia – so they must be doing something right.

Toyota Corolla Models Price and Specs

The price range for the Toyota Corolla varies based on the trim level you choose. Starting at $23,335 and going to $35,645 for the latest year the model was manufactured. The model range is available in the following body types starting from the engine/transmission specs shown below.

Year Body Type Specs Price from Price to
2020 Sedan 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $23,335 $34,195
2020 Hatchback 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $23,895 $35,645
2019 Sedan 1.8L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $12,800 $32,120
2019 Hatchback 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $14,600 $31,570
2018 Hatchback 1.8L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $11,300 $26,840
2018 Sedan 1.8L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $11,900 $26,180
2017 Hatchback 1.8L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $10,700 $24,090
2017 Sedan 1.8L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $11,000 $24,970
2016 Sedan 1.8L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $9,600 $22,550
2016 Hatchback 1.8L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $10,600 $22,110
See All Toyota Corolla Pricing and Specs

Toyota Corolla Colours

  • Glacier White
  • Crystal Pearl
  • Silver Pearl
  • Peacock Black
  • Eclipse Black
  • Volcanic Red
  • Ecletic Blue
  • Feverish Red
  • Oxide Bronze
To confirm current colour availability, please check the manufacturer's website.

Toyota Corolla Q&As

Check out real-world situations relating to the Toyota Corolla here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • Does the 2012 Toyota Corolla have a timing chain or timing belt?

    Good news, Amy; your Corolla has an engine with a timing chain rather than a timing belt. While a timing belt needs periodic replacement, the timing chain should be good for the life of the engine.

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  • What is the best small car for under $30000?

    You don't need to spend $30,000 to get a great small car to run around town in. A Suzuki Swift GL Navigator from $17,690 plus on-road costs ($1000 more for the auto) makes for an excellent choice, with a surprisingly roomy interior, a refined, frugal and lively engine, great handling and superb reliability. Great value for money, in other words.

    Moving on from there, to the next size up and in our order of preference, are the Mazda 3, Ford Focus Active, Volkswagen Golf, Toyota Corolla Hatch, Honda Civic (turbo only) and Subaru Impreza. All are quality small cars that should fit the bill perfectly.

    There's also merit in considering a small SUV, chiefly because their higher roofline and loftier seating positions make them easier to get in and out as well as see out of. Our value pick is the Kia Seltos S with Safety Pack. The Mazda CX-30 and Toyota C-HR are also high-quality and refined choices, though they're right at the cusp of your budget so you may have to search for a discounted demo model. Going small SUV does  mean extra outlay, but they do generally offer better resale value, as their popularity seems endless.

    As you can see, there's lots of choice, so take your time, drive the ones you like the look of, and see which feels best. Out of scores of alternatives, these 10 are our top recommendations at under $30K.

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  • What's the resale value of a Volkswagen Golf and a Toyota Corolla?

    A Volkswagen Golf that is already one year old will already have done a big chunk of its depreciating. The Corolla, on the other hand, will – like all brand-new cars – dump value like crazy. That said, both cars have a fair way to go in depreciation terms. Keeping them for just a year won’t help there, either, as you’ll effectively be maximising the amount you lose.

    The trade regards the Corolla (as a Toyota) very highly and, as such, resale values tend to be better than a lot of cars. The VW Golf, meanwhile, still suffers from the stigma of the reliability problems many owners experienced and can be a little more difficult to unload without resorting to selling it to a wholesaler who will make you really understand what depreciation means.

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  • How do I find a reputable mechanic in my area?

    For a start, where did you get that price for the part? Was it advertised online? Many workshops refuse to use cheap, knock-off (copied) parts from overseas warehouses, so the replacement switch they are proposing to use may easily be more expensive.

    I know it sounds like a lot of money, Debbie, but even if that is the price of the switch, here’s roughly how it breaks down. The workshop will usually add a percentage of mark-up on the part involved to cover the cost of ordering it, so let’s say that $84 part will be passed on to you for $100. Then, labour is charged out per hour, and rates can be anything from $75 to $150 (generally speaking, although specialists can charge much, much more than that). But even if we take the middle of those figures and call it $120 per hour, and the job takes one hour, by the time you’ve added the $100 switch, you’re already at $220 and the cheapest of your quotes. And that’s if there are no other little rubber seals, wiring terminals or plastic clips that need to be replaced as part of the job.

    Also, consider that to do this job, there’s a fair chance the steering wheel will have to be removed and that’s not as simple as it sounds in a car with an air-bag in the steering wheel. Time is money, but never more so than in a busy workshop. The bottom line is that it those quotes don’t sound like a rip-off at all.

    As far as finding a workshop in your area, word of mouth is usually a pretty good indicator in these cases. Ask your friends and family (and anybody else you trust) where they take their cars and be guided on that basis to begin with.

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Toyota Corolla Fuel Consumption

The Toyota Corolla is available in a number of variants and body types that are powered by Hyb/ULP, ULP and Hyb/PULP fuel type(s). It has an estimated fuel consumption starting from 4.2L/100km for Hatchback /Hyb/ULP for the latest year the model was manufactured.

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
2020 Hatchback 4.2L/100km 1.8L Hyb/ULP CVT AUTO
2020 Hatchback 6.3L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN
2020 Sedan 3.5L/100km 1.8L Hyb/ULP CVT AUTO
2020 Sedan 6.5L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN
2019 Hatchback 4.2L/100km 1.8L Hyb/ULP CVT AUTO
2019 Hatchback 6.3L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN
2019 Sedan 3.5L/100km 1.8L Hyb/ULP CVT AUTO
2019 Sedan 7L/100km 1.8L ULP 6 SP MAN
2018 Hatchback 4.1L/100km 1.8L Hyb/PULP CVT AUTO
2018 Hatchback 6.7L/100km 1.8L ULP 6 SP MAN
2018 Sedan 7L/100km 1.8L ULP 6 SP MAN
2017 Hatchback 4.1L/100km 1.8L Hyb/PULP CVT AUTO
2017 Hatchback 6.7L/100km 1.8L ULP 6 SP MAN
2017 Sedan 7L/100km 1.8L ULP 6 SP MAN
2016 Hatchback 4.1L/100km 1.8L Hyb/PULP CVT AUTO
2016 Hatchback 6.7L/100km 1.8L ULP 6 SP MAN
2016 Sedan 7L/100km 1.8L ULP 6 SP MAN
* Combined fuel consumption See All Toyota Corolla Pricing and Specs for 2020

Toyota Corolla Dimensions

The dimensions of the Toyota Corolla Sedan and Hatchback vary according to year of manufacture and spec level.

Year Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
2020 Sedan 1435x1780x4630 mm 135 mm
2020 Hatchback 1435x1790x4375 mm 135 mm
2019 Hatchback 1435x1790x4375 mm 135 mm
2019 Sedan 1460x1776x4620 mm 130 mm
2018 Sedan 1460x1776x4620 mm 130 mm
2018 Hatchback 1460x1760x4275 mm 140 mm
2017 Sedan 1460x1776x4620 mm 130 mm
2017 Hatchback 1460x1760x4275 mm 140 mm
2016 Sedan 1460x1776x4620 mm 130 mm
2016 Hatchback 1460x1760x4275 mm 140 mm
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Toyota Corolla Dimensions

Toyota Corolla Wheel Size

The Toyota Corolla has a number of different wheel and tyre options. When it comes to tyres, these range from 205x55 R16 for Hatchback in 2020 with a wheel size that spans from —.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2020 Hatchback 205x55 R16 205x55 R16
2020 Sedan 205x55 R16 16x7 inches 205x55 R16 16x7 inches
2019 Sedan 195x65 R15 15x6 inches 195x65 R15 15x6 inches
2019 Hatchback 205x55 R16 16x7 inches 205x55 R16 16x7 inches
2018 Sedan 195x65 R15 15x6 inches 195x65 R15 15x6 inches
2018 Hatchback 205x55 R16 16x6.5 inches 205x55 R16 16x6.5 inches
2017 Sedan 195x65 R15 15x6 inches 195x65 R15 15x6 inches
2017 Hatchback 205x55 R16 16x6.5 inches 205x55 R16 16x6.5 inches
2016 Sedan 195x65 R15 15x6 inches 195x65 R15 15x6 inches
2016 Hatchback 205x55 R16 16x6.5 inches 205x55 R16 16x6.5 inches
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Toyota Corolla Wheel Sizes

Toyota Corolla Interior

The interior of the current Toyota Corolla is one of its best attributes, and one of its worst. It has a funky dashboard design and some innovative trim elements, plus a nice leather steering wheel on most grades. But the back seat is a little tight, and the boot is really short on space. Check the images to see what we mean.

Toyota Corolla Boot Space

The Toyota Corolla Hatchback has a boot space size of 333 Litres.
Toyota Corolla Boot space Toyota Corolla Boot space

Toyota Corolla Towing Capacity

The Toyota Corolla has maximum towing capacity of 1300kg for the latest model available.

Year Body Type Braked Capacity from Braked Capacity to
2020 Hatchback 0kg 1300kg
2020 Sedan 0kg 1300kg
2019 Hatchback 0kg 1300kg
2019 Sedan 0kg 1300kg
2018 Hatchback 0kg 1300kg
2018 Sedan 1300kg 1300kg
2017 Hatchback 1300kg 1300kg
2017 Sedan 1300kg 1300kg
2016 Hatchback 1300kg 1300kg
2016 Sedan 1300kg 1300kg
See All Towing Capacity for Toyota Corolla

Toyota Corolla Seats

The following Toyota Corolla comes with five seats. Both the Ascent Sport and SX variants are available only with Black fabric seat trim. The ZR variant is available with the choice of either Black or Red leather accented seat trim.