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Toyota Corolla Hatchback 1.8 VVTL-i T Sport 5d (2003/52)

Toyota Corolla Hatchback 1.8 VVTL-i T Sport 5d (2003/52) - Owner Review

Feels solid and well built. Controls light and is an easy car to drive. Front seats disappointing not bolstered enough for a sporting car. Suspension too high - needs lowering 30mm -makes big difference.
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Toyota Corolla Hatchback (02-06)

Value

3 out of 5

Well equipped. Typical of what you would expect for its price.

Costs

2 out of 5

T Sport heavy on front tyres and fuel if driven anywhere near fast.

Driving

3 out of 5

Feels solid and well built. Controls light and is an easy car to drive. Front seats disappointing not bolstered enough for a sporting car. Suspension too high - needs lowering 30mm -makes big difference.

Performance

3 out of 5

Not a lot of power below 6000 revs, then pulls strongly only for rev limiter to stop progress. Gearing feels wrong even though it has a 6 speed gearbox - it fails to keep the engine in the magical 6200-8200 power band... feels faster than it is.

Reliability

5 out of 5

No problems as yet…

Image

2 out of 5

Seen as a pipe and slippers car by some... particulary younger generation. Good looking car looks like Golf/Stilo.

Comfort

4 out of 5

Good ride. Seats comfortable, not enough support though... Cabin noisy at 80mph mark resonating sound engine noise intrusive. Nice with climate and music quality excellent.

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Insurance group: 28

Security

3 out of 5

No problems as yet.

Service

2 out of 5

Dealer difficult at times. Car received valet, but poor job done inside so had to do it myself… Reluctant to put tyres on the front at purchase, despite spending £12,000 with them and tyres clearly worn.

Problems

Bodywork
No problems although paint seems prone to chipping... micro scratches visible in sunlight on metallic blue. Problem the same for all cars, though.

Engine
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Gearbox
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Other
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Ownership

Did you buy the car new?
No

Would you buy the same model again?
No

Did you buy from the same manufacturer again?
Yes