As mentioned, small sedans aren’t exactly thick on the ground in the Aussie new-car market, but there are three similarly-sized four-doors in close range to this Corolla Ascent Sport Hybrid’s $32,110 (before on-road costs) asking price.
None can match the Corolla’s hybrid efficiency, but each is well equipped for a small car in the low $30K bracket and the Corolla takes a lengthy equipment list into battle against them.
Aside from the performance and safety tech covered a little later, the Ascent Sport Hybrid’s standard features include an 8.0-inch touchscreen multimedia display with voice control, 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 electro-chromatic rear view mirror, 16-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, tail-lights and DRLs as well heated door mirrors.
The seat trim is fabric and for things like rain-sensing wipers, side and rear privacy glass, as well as a ‘Premium’ steering wheel, you’ll need to step up the SX Hybrid Sedan at $33,780. But the Ascent Sport lines up well relative to its direct competitors.