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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 $29,270, rising to $40,450 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 $29,270 and going to $40,450 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
2023 Sedan 2.0L, ULP, CVT AUTO $29,270 $40,260
2023 Hatchback 2.0L, ULP, CVT AUTO $29,610 $40,450
2022 Hatchback 2.0L, —, CVT AUTO $24,200 $49,060
2022 Sedan 2.0L, ULP $25,190 $49,280
2021 Sedan 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $23,100 $40,810
2021 Hatchback 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $23,100 $43,670
2020 Sedan 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $20,790 $39,710
2020 Hatchback 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $22,440 $42,570
2019 Sedan 1.8L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $18,370 $36,850
2019 Hatchback 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $19,800 $41,360
See All Toyota Corolla Pricing and Specs

Toyota Corolla Colours

Corolla Hatch and Sedan are available in ‘Glacier White’, ‘Frosted White’, ‘Silver Pearl’ and ‘Eclipse Black’. Hatch-only colours are ‘Sunstone Orange’, ‘Lunar Blue’, ‘Graphite’ and ‘Jasper Red’. Sedan-only colours are ‘Dark Grey’, ‘Celestite Grey’, ‘Atomic Rush’ and ‘Saturn Blue’. Note: The ZR hatch in Frosted White, Graphite, Jasper Red, Silver Pearl and Lunar Blue can be optioned with a two-tone black roof.

  • Glacier White
  • Frosted White
  • Silver Pearl
  • Celestite Grey
  • Atomic Rush
  • Eclipse Black
  • Saturn Blue
  • Dark Grey
To confirm current colour availability, please check the manufacturer's website.

Toyota Corolla Q&As

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

  • Should I buy a Toyota Camry or a Toyota Corolla hatchback?

    Both are regarded as great choices as a used car, so it will really come down to whether you need the extra interior space of the Camry over the practicality of the Corolla’s hatchback layout.

    With your budget, you might be able to get into a Camry Hybrid which will reduce running costs around town (which suits your suggested usage pattern) although these early Camry Hybrids can be more than a decade old now, so a close check of the condition of the batteries would be a mandatory pre-purchase requirement.

    The Corolla, meanwhile, was first seen here in hybrid form in 2016, and those cars are still closer to mid-$20,000, so possibly out of your range. The exception is a grey (private) import Corolla Hybrid, but these can be a bit more of a lottery than a locally delivered Toyota.

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  • Is there anything important to know about the 2008 Toyota Corolla's fuel consumption?

    The corolla is typical of more recent small cars by being very frugal and displaying very little fuel consumption difference between the two transmission choices offered; a six-speed manual or a four-speed automatic. In fact the manual's combined official figure of 7.3 litres per 100km is only a fraction better than the automatic's 7.4 litres per 100km over the same test.

    Other than the actual numbers, perhaps the most important thing to know in these days of sky-high fuel prices, is that the Corolla can run on standard 91RON unleaded petrol and doesn't require the more expensive 95 or 98RON stuff.

    The 2008 Corolla also scores points for being able to use fuel with anything up to 10 per cent ethanol (e10 fuel) potentially saving you even more at the pump.

    As with any vehicle, though, by far the biggest factor in fuel economy will be where and how you drive. Highway running will give you the best results, while urban driving uses more fuel. Similarly, drive with a heavy right foot and you will definitely use more fuel than a driver with a more delicate touch on the throttle.

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  • I am thinking of getting a 2012/2013 Toyota Corolla but it has done close to 400,000km mileage. What are the things or replacement costs I need to consider?

    That’s an awful lot of kilometres for a 2012 model car. Do you know the history of it? Was it a sales rep’s car? Those are really the first questions you need to answer as the car’s background might give you a good idea of how it’s been looked after.

    Put your detective’s hat on and take a close look at the car. Does the rear seat look pristine or is it about as worn as the rest of the interior? If it’s the latter, you could be looking at an ex-Uber taxi. Does the car have a permanent smell of pizza? Guess what? Basically, if the car is simply a high-miler with a good service record, then maybe it’s worth a punt. But if its history suggests a raft of different (but all underpaid) drivers and lots of stop-start city driving, then it could well be a liability in the short term.

    To be honest, the fact that it’s already done almost 400,000km and is still going suggests that the previous owner has, in fact, cared for it and serviced it properly. But even so, if the car is an ex-rental car or delivery vehicle it’s probably not a great car to own as it heads into its sunset years. And if it’s an ex-car-share vehicle, run in the other direction as fast as you can.

    The other documentation you’d really want to be able to examine would be the service history. Any skipped services over that period are bad news and will lead to problems down the track.

    As for what might need replacing; at that mileage the short answer is just about everything. It’s not just engines that wear out with kilometres, transmissions, suspension, brakes, bushes, bearings and everything else that can wear, will have begun that process. Again, how close it is to the car’s use-by-date being up will be down to how well it’s been maintained till now. At least parts for a Toyota Corolla will be relatively affordable compared with some of the competition.

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  • I am replacing my 2006 Toyota Corolla for a different car that has lighter steering and with a high safety rating would be important. Do you have any suggestions?

    The world is your oyster here, Myra, and there are literally hundreds of makes and models that will do what you want as well offer the five-star safety rating you’re looking for. Your priorities are spot on, too; safety and the driving characteristics (in this case, steering weight) are very important in how you relate to the car and enjoy driving it.

    Since you’re not too concerned with what brand you buy, the best advice is to short-list a few cars that fall within your budget and then go and test drive each one, checking that it steers the way you like it. Even small hatchbacks nowadays have the safety and performance to take you pretty much anywhere the road goes. But for longer journeys, you might appreciate features such as cruise control and a full-sized spare tyre.

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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 — fuel type(s). It has an estimated fuel consumption starting from 4L/100km for Hatchback /Hyb/ULP for the latest year the model was manufactured.

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
2023 Hatchback 4L/100km 1.8L Hyb/ULP CVT AUTO
2023 Hatchback 6L/100km 2.0L ULP CVT AUTO
2023 Sedan 3.9L/100km 1.8L Hyb/ULP CVT AUTO
2023 Sedan 5.9L/100km 2.0L ULP CVT AUTO
2022 Hatchback 4.2L/100km 1.8L Hyb/ULP CVT AUTO
2022 Hatchback 6L/100km 2.0L CVT AUTO
2022 Hatchback 6L/100km 2.0L ULP CVT AUTO
2022 Sedan 3.5L/100km 1.8L Hyb/ULP CVT AUTO
2022 Sedan 5.9L/100km 2.0L 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
* Combined fuel consumption See All Toyota Corolla Pricing and Specs for 2023

Toyota Corolla Accessories

At a minimum, all Corollas feature an 4.2-inch touchscreen multimedia display with voice control (higher grades boast 7.0- and 12.3-inch screens), Android Auto and (wireless) Apple CarPlay, six-speaker audio with digital radio and in-built satellite navigation. There’s also climate control air (single-zone), a 7.0-inch information display in the instrument cluster, keyless entry and start, wireless phone charging, active cruise control, an electrochromatic rearview mirror, 16-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, tail-lights and DRLs, as well heated door mirrors.

Toyota Corolla Dimensions

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

Year Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
2023 Sedan 1435x1780x4630 mm 130 mm
2023 Hatchback 1460x1790x4375 mm 130 mm
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
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Toyota Corolla Dimensions

Toyota Corolla Engine

The Corolla is powered by a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder, naturally aspirated four cylinder engine. Hybrid models are powered primarily by a naturally aspirated 1.8-litre four-cylinder petrol engine supported by a primary AC synchronous, permanent magnet electric motor.

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 2023.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2023 Hatchback 205x55 R16 205x55 R16
2023 Sedan 205x55 R16 205x55 R16
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
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Toyota Corolla Wheel Sizes

Toyota Corolla Interior

The Corolla’s interior is simple without crossing over into plain, the dual-level dash design accommodating a media screen standing proud in the centre, and a compact instrument binnacle sitting under a curved brow. There’s plenty of breathing space up front and in the rear there’s good legroom and ample headroom.

Toyota Corolla Boot Space

The Corolla ZR hybrid has the biggest boot size of the hatch range because it has a tyre repair kit instead of a spare tyre. The storage space is 333 litres (VDA), as opposed to 217L in all other variants, whether they have a full-size spare (Ascent Sport petrol) or not (all others). By contrast, the sedan’s boot measures 470 litres.

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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
2023 Hatchback 1300kg 1300kg
2023 Sedan 1300kg 1300kg
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
See All Towing Capacity for Toyota Corolla

Toyota Corolla Seats

The Corolla is a five-seater in sedan and hatch form, with comfy seats trimmed in hard-wearing cloth in the lower grades and premium partial synthetic leather trim on the top-spec ZR.

Toyota Corolla Speed

Toyota doesn’t quote acceleration figures for the Corolla but you can expect 0-100km/h in around 12 seconds for hybrid models and approximately 10 seconds for non-hybrids. Top speed is around 190km/h.

Toyota Corolla Range

Non-hybrid Corollas have a range approaching 850km, while hybrid’s models can go just over 1100km between fills.