The four speed automatic transmission also provides engine braking when travelling downhill. Safety Feature Summary The safety feature information below is subject to change without notice. Traction Control systems optimise grip and stability of the car on the road during acceleration by measuring wheel rotation. For starters, the Toyota Corolla gets exceptional gas mileage. This provides better protection than the two point lap seat belt fitted to the New Zealand wagon. The vehicle was eligible for an optional pole impact test, since it had head-protecting side airbags and scored four points for the head in the side impact test. In the centre console three large rotary dials for heating and ventilation are clearly marked - although not as tactile to operate as some opposition models.
A three point seat belt is fitted to the centre rear seat. Dual front airbags are standard equipment. After the crash all doors opened with normal effort. Standard features Some manufacturers have had the jump on the most recent Corollas when it comes to standard features especially safety. The passenger compartment held its shape well in the offset crash test.
There was a slight risk of chest injury for the driver and passenger. The steering wheel hub moved 41mm forward, 33mm downward and 1 mm sideways. The ride gets a bit choppy on the highway, with a lot of up and down suspension motions, but is effectively controlled when cornering. Coupled to the four speed automatic, performance is adequate without being too impressive. Dual front airbags are standard equipment. For up to date safety feature specifications for all variants, please see the safety feature table to the right or contact the manufacturer. Australasian specifications may vary and therefore models sold in Australasia might provide different levels of protection to those described on this page.
A five-speed manual transmission is standard and a four-speed automatic is optional. The new models are more sculptured with additional side bolstering on the seat base and backrest. Even though it would be nice if the front seats went back farther, their limited travel preserves some space for rear passengers, where legroom for the tall is limited but overall comfort is passable. The brake pedal moved rearwards by 76mm. The New Zealand variants with standard side airbags can be expected to provide better protection than the tested vehicle, which had no side airbags. Protection For Other Road Users Rating Rating Result Excellent Good Marginal Poor Very Poor The tested model of Toyota Corolla Ascent was introduced in Australia during 2007. The passenger compartment held its shape well.
Front and rear are standard. The way in which pedestrians move relative to the path of the vehicle is calculated to determine whether they are in danger of being struck. All doors remained closed during the crash. Side airbags are standard on all sedans and hatches in New Zealand but are not available for the wagon. The tested model of Toyota Corolla sedan was introduced in Australia during 2007. Limited slip differentials also help provide a more even distribution of traction forces when the car is on a slippery surface.
The vehicle scored 16 out of 16 in the side impact crash test and a further two points in the optional pole test. Summary Since it was introduced in 1966 more than 32. One of the best tested recently. Check with the manufacturer for safety features prior to this. Australian versions may differ slightly though.
Its appeal is in part due to its straightforward, user-friendly design, and as the model grew, so has its reliability and higher than average resale value. Intelligent seat belt reminders are fitted to both front seats. Body shapes differ - the Ascent hatch is designed in Europe, the sedans are from Japan. It's improved in key areas - fuel consumption, safety features and better drive qualities - producing a model that will continue the Corolla tradition and remain a favourite with buyers. Braking The entry level Ascent now has the braking features standard that that others in the same class have had for a number of years. Curtain airbags are designed to protect the driver's and passenger's heads in a crash. Astonishingly the automatic is only a four-speed.
The vehicle scored 16 out of 16 in the side impact crash test and one point in the pole test. This model of Toyota Corolla hatch was introduced in Australia during 2007. There was a slight risk of chest injury for the driver and passenger. Build quality and finish A strong point for Toyota is their solid reputation for build and finish though with the Ascent there were a couple of minor disappointments. Comfort The front seats are a huge improvement over previous generation Corollas.
The passenger compartment held its shape well in the offset crash test. They form a cushion between the driver or passenger and the window and stay in place if the car rolls over to protect their head. Also new is the six speed manual transmission replacing the previous models' five speed, although the automatic still remains a four speed. Ahead of the driver two large dials for speed and engine revolutions are simply marked, but not particularly striking to look at. Ergonomics Toyota Corollas have always been a user friendly vehicle and the latest hatch is no different. Interestingly, the latest Corolla hatch is now bigger in dimensions except in length than the pre 'wide' body Toyota Camry from the 90's.