New Toyota Corolla Altis review: Frugality gets a little flair

May 24 2014, 13:53 IST
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If Toyota is able to price the new Corolla Altis, the world’s favourite car might just lead India’s executive segment once again. If Toyota is able to price the new Corolla Altis, the world’s favourite car might just lead India’s executive segment once again.
SummaryBorn in 1966, into its 11th generation now, Toyota Corolla Altis is a legend and India is no exception.

is minimal body-roll at the corners. Mention must be made of the redesigned front seats that cocoon your back—the result: even on harsh cornering, your back will remain stuck to the seat. Then, the electric power steering offers good feedback. The new Corolla is comfortable, feels planted and rides better than many other cars in its segment.

Safety: Adequate

All variants of the car come with dual front airbags, ABS, EBD and Brake Assist. On empty roads near Nandi Hills we did some really harsh braking manoeuvres with the car and it responded confidently. Toyota also claims that the car’s rigid body construction will absorb most impacts in the unfortunate event of an accident.

Verdict: Balanced

Let’s get it straight. The new Corolla still doesn’t look as stylish as the Elantra, its cabin quality still doesn’t match that of the Jetta, and it still is not as fun to drive as the Octavia, yet it comes across as a more competent car than many others in its segment. Add to that Toyota’s reliability. To be launched by the end of this month, if Toyota is able to price the car aggressively—which it should—the world’s favourite car might just lead India’s executive segment once again.

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