Toyota Corolla Wagon 2010 Review | Car & SUV

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Toyota Corolla Wagon


When you’ve an advantage you maximise it any way you can. a fact sportsmen know, know, and Toyota knows The Corolla is the biggest selling car in the and an institution here in NZ, so why not offer body shapes? The Corolla is big business, the sedan less so, the wagon is the quiet achiever of the The wagon may provide a tempting for fleet customers and those who Corolla reliability with practicality.

  So can this stretched work equally well for and families alike? Car and SUV played with the Japanese wagon to out more.

The Corolla Wagon a special deal, it’s available in very limited and reaches our shores in just one GX level. Priced at $31,190 the easily undercuts its hatch and siblings by $3 $8k but is an expectedly bare-bones

The Corolla Wagon’s utilitarian kicks off with a basic aesthetic. A make-up-free Corolla leads the way and silver hubcaps 15-inch steel wheels. All and door handles are colour and visibility is aided by a large There are some nice found under closer like wing mirrors indicator repeaters and a cheeky line at the base of the D-pillar extra shape to the rear.

headlamps light the way ahead and jeweled single piece cap off what’s a modern and practical but uninspired look.

The function form theme continues in the interior where hardwearing but velour seats await and passengers. Switchgear is concentrated the upper half of the up-swept stack and is easily reached and mastered. Dashboard plastics durable and while they have a premium quality everything is well screwed in typical Toyota fashion.

Small storage is handled by a armrest/bin, door pockets, cell phone tray and a split glovebox. In terms of headroom is ample all round and passengers benefit from the extra length with legroom to guarantee comfort for body shapes. That the lion’s share of the extended is devoted to a cavernous rear area.

Loading the Corolla is an easy task helped by a mechanism that lets you a handle and the rear seat pushes down and the base up revealing a long, flat bay. There’s also a blind, a loading area and tie down points included for practicality.

When it comes to equipment you’re going to out on some goodies like control and steering wheel buttons. But air-conditioning, CD stereo, door locking, trip height adjustable driver’s and electric windows are all included.

Moving the Corolla Wagon is an economy-focused 1.5-litre 4-cylinder unit taken from the Yaris rather than the hatch. The engine outputs of power and 140Nm of torque returning a very frugal quoted fuel economy. though the Corolla is relatively tipping the scales at 1200kg, the motor still labours to move it with any real

But this isn’t a performance car and is steady enough to make driving a breeze. On the open the engine needs to be worked a harder particularly to pass vehicles safely.

Either a 5-speed manual or a CVT box like the one fitted to our test handles shifting duties. The CVT well and while it doesn’t the refinement of higher-priced competitors predictable and gets the most out of the low engine. There are no pre-selected that can be selected sequentially by the but there is a sports mode allows the Wagon to be pushed in the rev range.

Dynamically the Corolla is a bit of a mixed bag. Ride is very good and the suspension is set to gobble up road dips and admirably. The flipside is some roll and a slightly floaty when cornering on twisted The Wagon’s extra rear compared to the hatch means it has a to push outwards mid-corner if too hard.

But few buyers would the Corolla Wagon to behave a sports car and the level of grip and on offer will be easily for most.

Taking the Wagon to the limits wise especially in the absence of a or stability control system, isn’t included in the safety What is included are ABS brakes, pretensioners and six airbags in total. safety isn’t bad for the price, have also been cut by a lap seat belt for the middle passenger and by using drum at the rear instead of a more disc brake set-up.

The line with the Corolla is that it’s more of a tool than a vehicle will evoke any real passion. It has little to offer in of raw performance but has competent handling and its job without fuss. The loading is capacious with some practical touches and passengers from the larger dimensions extra legroom.

While some budget-brand may be able to offer more for less money the Corolla has the of legendary reliability and durability to back on. Those are virtues remain alive and well in the Wagon.

Price: from as tested with CVT $ $31,190

we like:

Fuel economy

loading area

Hard interior

What we don’t

Underpowered motor


Safety concessions

Words and Adam Mamo

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