Toyota Corolla Review | 2013 Levin SX CVT Automatic

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What’s hot: weighted precise electric

What’s not: Somewhat rear vision; no diesel

Vehicle style: Five-door

Price: $25,990

Engine: 1.8 in-line four

Transmission: continuously variable transmission

Power/Torque: 103kW @ 6400rpm / @ 4000rpm.

Fuel economy . 6.6 l/100km (91RON unleaded) | 7.6 l/100km.

When a new version of the car from the world’s biggest-selling car is released, it’s big motoring Especially when it plays in a that is expected to see around total sales in Australia year.

Such is the case the new 2013 Toyota Corolla. versions are on offer: the Ascent, Sport, Levin SX and Levin ZR.

For test, the Levin SX was chosen. of its spec levels and an $1100 cut, it is, on a prima facie the pick of the new Corolla pack for

Quality: The first thing you about the Levin SX is the heavily front sports seats. great; lower the posterior them and you immediately feel at one the car.

You also sit a tad lower than in the Corolla and that adds to perception.

There is nice plastic for the dash top and the top of the door and carbon-fibre-look dash trim a touch of class to interior.

the Levin SX doesn’t get the leather of the top-spec ZR, its contrasting fabric with contrasting stitching is and perfectly comfortable.

The big round speedo and tacho look with their clear numbers on a black background.

not as bad as on the Ascent versions, the bottom of the SX’s LED information read-out sits between the two round can be obscured by horn section of the wheel.

Comfort: No problems the front seats are great and the ones aren’t bad either. also more rear-seat plenty of headroom (even for a sod of my acquaintance) and the drop-down centre arm (with two cupholders) adds to the

If anything, the new Levin SX’s settings are on some road a tad firm and this detracts the rear-seat comfort levels.

The well-equipped Levin SX comes the whole bowl of fruit as

Buyers can look forward to sports seats, 17-inch wheels shod with rubber, sat-nav, front fog sports instruments, air conditioning, a audio system, Bluetooth and a leather-wrapped multi-function steering

Also standard is carbon-fibre-look trim, paddle shifters, power windows, power mirrors with turn and reversing camera.

Storage: the rear seats occupied is 280 litres of luggage space the fifth door. Drop the backs and this rises to litres. A 60:40 split for the backs adds to the cargo and flexibility.

There is also a glove box, sunglasses bottle-friendly front-door pockets, map behind the front-seat backs, console bin, small beneath the centre stack, door-pockets, front-and-rear cup holders.

Because the leather-clad steering is adjustable for height and reach, the perfect driving position is a

While not one of the world’s finest, the 103kW 1.8 litre engine satisfy most.

Toyota have tweaked it so there is more power than the model, and maximum torque (a 173Nm) arrives lower in the rev range.

On the road, it’s quick enough: zippy town and with enough in for overtaking or slotting into a in the traffic.

Helping things is the ‘seven-speed’ CVT.

While not the world’s greatest CVT fans, the new is one of the better choices, with pre-set ratios and paddle (for a nice sporty when accelerating or changing

That said, it still has a of ‘flaring’ and that annoying that sounds like a clutch.

The electric power on the other hand is one of the new Corolla’s points.

It has just the right makes parking nice and and delivers precise and predictable when you push things through the corners.

Refinement: Out on the road, the Levin SX for that matter, the other new are markedly quieter than predecessors.

This is the result of a deal of work by Toyota on minimising cabin noise.

At the front is a MacPherson-strut/coil-spring arrangement gas-filled dampers and stabiliser The rear uses a torsion-beam with toe-correcting bushes, springs and gas-filled dampers.

Braking performance is good: up 275mm ventilated discs do the with 259mm solids at the

ANCAP Rating: 5-Stars

features: The new Corolla employs of ultra-high-strength steel to maximise protection.

There are seven including driver’s knee whiplash-lessening front seats, ABS with electronic brake-force and brake assist, traction and vehicle stability control. The new CVT also has a hill-start-assist system.


Warranty: Three vehicle warranty (whichever first)

Servicing: A big win for the new Corolla is Toyota’s $130 capped-price available for three years or

Mazda3 Maxx Sport $26,490 (auto): Australia’s car; how can you go wrong? It’s not the it was, because everyone has improved their game.

a tight call between the Corolla and the youthful Mazda. need to look at both. Mazda3 reviews )

Ford Sport – $25,890 The new Focus is a very good car styled, well-built, and a very steer. Quite possibly the in the segment in a nose-to-nose shootout. Focus reviews )

Holden SRi – $27,290 (auto): a better car than many The interior is not as crisp or modern as the new but the 1.4 litre engine is a beauty.

has a price advantage, but there’s little to split them choice may come down to issues like cost of and trade-in values. (see reviews )


its sharp European-look styling, the new shrugs off the blandness that has Toyota’s products over the few years.

Overall, the Levin SX is a economical hatch with comfort, lots of standard and strong value-for-money credentials.

While all the steering and chassis for the car was done in Europe, Toyota engineers were involved in off on the program, and they should be with the outcome.

Toyota better than most its customers value. We have no that the new Corolla range resume its Toyota tradition of a sales tour-de-force here and the world.

News and Reviews:

News Reviews at TMR #9660;

The 2013 Toyota Corolla is on sale now, with as follows:

Toyota Corolla – $19,990

Toyota Ascent Sport –

Toyota Corolla Levin SX $23,990

Toyota Corolla ZR -28,490

Note: Prices are Manufacturer’s List Price, and do not on-road costs and charges.

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