Twelfth iteration of Toyota’s best-ever seller. The all-new Corolla has come a long way from its humble beginnings. Now underpinned by Toyota’s excellent TNGA platform, the new Corolla aims to impress with superb dynamics and comprehensive safety.

The carryover engine and local head unit may fool you into thinking otherwise, but the new Corolla is a fantastically sophisticated vehicle underneath. It is now one of the segment front runners in the aspect of safety and tech. Honda still has the segment’s upper hand, but they would do well to watch their six – a better engine for the Corolla and the Civic will have a real fight on its hands.


Toyota’s 1.8-litre unit is a proven performer and provides decent outputs, but the chassis is clearly built for more. This engine would have been okay as a base model, but the option of a higher output powertrain would certainly have been appreciated. 


We applaud the ingenuity in managing to fit a 2-DIN head unit to a dashboard that wasn’t designed for one, but consumers, even those from lower price segments, have long since moved on to integrated infotainment systems.

1.8E - 205/55 R16

1.8G - 225/45 R17

Front - Ventilated Discs

Rear - Solid Discs

Front - MacPherson Strut

Rear - Double Wishbone

1.8L, inline-4


Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)

50L, Petrol



1.8L Dual VVT-i

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Automatic High Beam (AHB)

Rear double wishbones

The new Corolla sits on Toyota’s latest TNGA architecture and that means it gets rear double wishbone suspension like the Camry and C-HR. Under hard corners, it gives the rear end a settled feel, emboldening the driver to push on with confidence. 

Comprehensive safety

It wasn’t too long ago that Toyota had the cheek to launch a Camry without VSC. The new Corolla goes the other direction, bringing auto braking and dynamic cruise control into the equation, a move that has since motivated Honda to introduce the same into the Civic. 

Peace of Mind Ownership

We need add no further to the cliché of Toyota’s reliability. The cars don’t just work well, but whenever things need replacing, a Toyota outlet is never far away to assist you. To top it all off, you now have the assurance of a 5-year warranty. Unlimited mileage too.


Civic 1.8 – 141 / 6,500


Corolla 1.8 – 139 / 6,400


2.0 High Plus


Fully imported from Thailand


Civic – 1,799mm (+19mm)

Mazda3 – 1,795mm (+15mm)

Elantra – 1,800mm (+20mm)


Civic – 1,416mm (-19mm)

Mazda3 – 1440mm (+5mm)

Elantra – 1,450mm (+15mm)



Civic – 2,700mm (=)

Mazda3 – 2,725mm (+25mm)

Elantra – 2,700mm (=)

All-Round Safety

Mazda3 1.5 – 120 / 6,000

Mazda3 2.0 – 164 / 6,000

Elantra 2.0 – 152 / 6,200

Civic 1.8 – 174 / 4,300

Corolla 1.8 – 172 / 4,000

Mazda3 1.5 – 153 / 4,000

Mazda3 2.0 – 213 / 4,000

Elantra 2.0 – 192 / 4,000


Civic – 4,630mm (=)

Mazda3 – 4,660mm (+30mm)

Elantra – 4,620mm (-10mm)

1.5 Mid


TOYOTA Corolla



RM1,559 / month



RM1,364 / month

+RM85 / month

+RM255 / month

Honda Civic

1.5 TC-P


1.8 i-VTEC


+RM249 / month

Lane Departure Alert

Pre-Collision System (PCS)

Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC)

Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)

Traction Control (TRC)

Lane Tracing Assist (LTA)

Blind Spot Monitor

3D Panoramic View Monitor

Front and Rear Digital Video Recorder (DVR)

7 SRS Airbags


- 2019 -

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