2014 Toyota Corolla sedan: 6.1″ touchscreen, reversing camera standard

The sedan version of the Toyota Corolla’s eleventh generation has just gone on sale in Australia. It’s definitely the sportiest looking in ages, but that probably says more about previous generations than anything else. More importantly, though, some important tech has been made standard throughout the range.


All versions of the new Corolla sedan are powered by a 103kW/173Nm 1.8-litre engine. This motor powers the front wheels via a either 6-speed manual or a continuously variable transmission; the latter is a A$2,250 option, except on the top-of-the-line ZR, which features it as standard.

The new Toyota Corolla sedan range kicks off at A$20,470 for the entry-level Ascent. Standard features include 15-inch steel wheels, cruise control, reversing camera and parking sensors, air conditioning, LED tail-lights, and power windows. The audio system has a 6-speaker layout, a 6.1-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth for hands-free and audio streaming, steering wheel audio controls, and USB port.

Next up is the A$22,990 SX that adds 16-inch alloy wheels, front fog lights, front parking sensors, proximity entry key, push button start, chrome interior highlights, and Optitron illumination for the instrument panel. The touchscreen audio system gains voice recognition and the ToyotaLink apps suite, which uses a connected smartphone’s data connection to access fuel price data and location, weather, and Google location search.

At the top of the tree is the A$30,990 ZR that sports sat nav, dusk-sensing LED headlights, LED driving lights, climate control, rain-sensing wipers, seats trimmed in both leather and faux leather, 8-way power adjustment on the driver’s pew, and a self-dimming rear view mirror.

Dimensions

Length: 4,620mm
Width: 1,776mm
Height: 1,460mm
Wheelbase: 2,700mm
Weight: 1,250kg – 1,295kg
Boot space: 470L (VDA)
Turning circle: 10.8m

Engine, power, fuel economy

Engine description: 1.8-litre petrol
Power: 103kW
Torque: 173Nm
Transmissions: 6-speed manual or continuously variable (CVT) automatic
Fuel economy: 7L/100km (manual); 6.6L/100km (CVT)
CO2 emissions: 162g/km (manual); 153g/km (CVT)
Fuel tank capacity: 55L

Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]