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Toyota Corolla Review, For Sale, Colours, Models & Interior in Australia

As one of the world's oldest nameplates, Japan's Toyota Corolla defines ubiquity as well as reliability. It's a reputation well earned.

Australia was the Corolla's first foray into a foreign market, arriving in 1967 as a small yet sporty sedan with real personality. Over successive generations, the series has also been offered as a coupé, wagon, liftback and van. Since switching from rear-wheel drive to front-wheel drive in 1985, it's mainly been about the hatch and sedan. After 32 years, Australian production ended in 1999.

Rivalling the Hyundai i30 and Mazda3, the Corolla was unique in its class in offering optional and popular petrol-electric hybrid variants from 2016 onwards. The cheapest grade starts from $25,395, rising to $35,645 for the most expensive version.

Toyota Corolla Models Price and Specs

The price range for the Toyota Corolla varies based on the trim level you choose. Starting at $25,395 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
2022 Sedan 2.0L, ULP $25,395 $34,195
2022 Hatchback 2.0L, ULP, CVT AUTO $25,395 $35,645
2021 Sedan 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $18,000 $35,970
2021 Hatchback 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $18,000 $37,510
2020 Hatchback 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $16,400 $35,860
2020 Sedan 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $17,000 $34,430
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
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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. Shown above are the colours for the Toyota Corolla 2019.

Toyota Corolla Q&As

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

  • How do you connect Bluetooth in a Toyota Corolla?

    When it comes to Bluetooth Toyota Corolla hasn’t always had a great track record with its factory installations. For years, many Toyota owners complained that the Bluetooth fitted to their cars was lousy with poor connection, frequent drop-outs and a lack of calling clarity. These days, those problems have been addressed thanks to Toyota’s troubleshooting and the Toyota Bluetooth systems are more or less the same as everybody else’s.

    Toyota Corolla Bluetooth pairing (for either iPhone or Android) is a pretty simply process and involves following the on-screen prompts in the phone setup menu after the car has 'found' your phone (make sure your phone is in 'discoverable' mode). From there, you need to confirm that the security code displayed on your phone matches the one on the screen and you’re good to go. Once you’ve worked out how to connect Bluetooth to Toyota Corolla the first time, the system should automatically recognise your phone from then on. If in any doubt, follow the instructions in the how to pair/how to connect phone a phone section of your owner’s manual.

    There’s a very good factory website at https://www.toyota.com/connect/ that can lead you through a list of what phones and apps are compatible with Corollas of the last few years.

    All the current model Corollas feature Bluetooth connectivity, with the 2019 upgrade also extending to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility across the board. The previous model Corolla (2012 to 2018) also had Bluetooth from the entry-level model up, and the Corolla before that (2007 to 2012) featured Bluetooth on all but the base-model Ascent version. Prior to that, Bluetooth was not a factory fitment on any Corolla, but many owners added it with an aftermarket stereo head unit for better music quality.

     

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  • Does the Toyota Corolla have Apple CarPlay & Android Auto?

    Toyota Corolla Apple CarPlay and Toyota Corolla Android Auto are standard fitments to each and every model in the current Corolla line-up for Australia.

    The stereo system in all Corollas starts with a six-speaker arrangement with an upgrade to eight speakers in the top-specification models which cost more. Bluetooth is also standard in the Corolla now, and the latest system is much better and easier to connect with than previous Toyota versions of this technology. The Corolla also offers digital radio across the board, putting it ahead of many of its competitors and the same price-point.

    To retrofit the new system into an older Corolla would be costly and difficult. Most owners of older cars find that an update to an aftermarket head unit is a better, cheaper solution for adding Apple CarPlay and Android to their vehicles.

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  • Is the 2021 Toyota Corolla air conditioning system reliable?

    The CVT you’re referring to is actually the car’s transmission rather than its engine. And since the engine is what drives the air-conditioning compressor, it’s the engine’s power and torque that determines whether the car still drives nicely with the air-conditioning switched on, not whether the transmission is a CVT or any other type.

    But I think I know what you are referring to. And that is how well the car’s engine and its CVT transmission are matched. Sometimes, a transmission can gobble up a fair bit of horsepower and torque and that can take the edge off performance. Throw the switch on the air-conditioning and there’s even more load on the engine, making it feel even less perky. In that sense, I think the Corolla as the newer design would have a more efficient transmission and that could mean that it feels the load less than the older Honda might and, therefore, holds on to more of its original performance.

    But the second thing you mentioned, that your car’s air-con doesn’t really keep up at temperatures over 30 degrees is more likely to be a problem with the air-con itself. You might find that a five-year-old car (such as your Honda is) is ready for the air-conditioning system to be serviced and perhaps even re-gassed, which might just return it to better health. For the record, Toyota’s have always had some of the best-performing air-conditioning systems in the business over the years, and I very much doubt that a 30-degree day would tax the air-con in a new Corolla one iota.

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  • What is the weight carrying capacity of the roof of a 2020 Toyota Corolla?

    The answer will depend on what brand and type of roof rack you use. Different brands of racks have different ratings, but most seem to be able to cope with between 60 and 75kg.

    That then switches the question to what size kayaks you have. A small, single kayak is likely to be around the 15kg mark, while a large, double kayak can weigh anything up to 45kg. You need to weigh your kayaks together and then work out if they’re suitable for roof-rack transport. Either way, a quality rack will always be a safer bet than a cheap one. Make sure, too, that the rack you choose has fixing points appropriate for the load being carried.
     

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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
2022 Hatchback 4.2L/100km 1.8L Hyb/ULP CVT AUTO
2022 Hatchback 6L/100km 2.0L ULP CVT AUTO
2022 Sedan 3.5L/100km 1.8L Hyb/ULP CVT AUTO
2022 Sedan 6L/100km 2.0L ULP
2021 Hatchback 4.2L/100km 1.8L Hyb/ULP CVT AUTO
2021 Hatchback 6.3L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN
2021 Sedan 3.5L/100km 1.8L Hyb/ULP CVT AUTO
2021 Sedan 6.5L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN
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
* Combined fuel consumption See All Toyota Corolla Pricing and Specs for 2022

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Toyota Corolla Dimensions

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

Year Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
2022 Hatchback 1435x1790x4375 mm 135 mm
2022 Sedan 1435x1780x4630 mm 135 mm
2021 Hatchback 1435x1790x4375 mm 135 mm
2021 Sedan 1435x1780x4630 mm 135 mm
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
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 2022.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2022 Hatchback 205x55 R16 205x55 R16
2022 Sedan 205x55 R16 205x55 R16
2021 Hatchback 205x55 R16 205x55 R16
2021 Sedan 205x55 R16 205x55 R16
2020 Hatchback 205x55 R16 16x7 inches 205x55 R16 16x7 inches
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
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Toyota Corolla Wheel Sizes

Toyota Corolla Interior

Toyota Corolla Boot Space

The Toyota Corolla ZR hybrid gets the biggest hatchback boot size because it has a tyre repair kit instead of a spare tyre, wtih 333 litres (VDA) of cargo capacity. The rest of the hatchback range has 217L of cargo space, and only the Ascent Sport hatch gets a full-size spare wheel. The other grades have space-saver spare wheels.
Shopping for a Toyota Corolla sedan? You're going to get a bigger boot. The boot space capacity for the sedan range is 470 litres, and all models get either a full-size alloy spare wheel or a space-saver spare.

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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
2022 Hatchback 0kg 1300kg
2022 Sedan 0kg 1300kg
2021 Hatchback 0kg 1300kg
2021 Sedan 0kg 1300kg
2020 Hatchback 0kg 1300kg
2020 Sedan 0kg 1300kg
2019 Hatchback 0kg 1300kg
2019 Sedan 0kg 1300kg
2018 Hatchback 0kg 1300kg
2018 Sedan 1300kg 1300kg
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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.

Shown above are seat details for the Toyota Corolla 2019.