Used Toyota Corolla Hatchback (2002 - 2006) Review

Review by Parkers on
Last Updated: 29 Jul 2014
4
The latest Corolla was an attempt to prove Toyota was the equal of Volkswagen in terms of build quality helped by a European look to car. This was further refined in 2004, although the Corolla still has the image of a dependable car rather than an exciting one, or one with badge appeal.
Toyota Corolla Hatchback (02-06)
Space, engines, equipment, quality
Diesel lacks refinement

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

4 out of 5

The latest Corolla was an attempt to prove Toyota was the equal of Volkswagen in terms of build quality helped by a European look to car. This was further refined in 2004, although the Corolla still has the image of a dependable car rather than an exciting one, or one with badge appeal. Even the T Sport seems to have much of the fun taken out of it, while many find it tiresome working the engine to the 6200rpm point where its performance starts to kick in.

The exception is the T Sport Compressor - a 250 unit limited edition fitted with a supercharger and with power boosted to 215bhp from 190bhp. It offers a relatively exclusive hot hatchback with smooth performance, good handling and a superb exhaust note.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

4 out of 5

Performance

4 out of 5

Handling

3.5 out of 5

Comfort

3.5 out of 5

Practicality

3.5 out of 5

Behind the wheel

4 out of 5

Safety

3.5 out of 5

Reliability

4.5 out of 5

Running costs

4 out of 5

Green credentials

3.5 out of 5

Buying used

4 out of 5

Selling

3.5 out of 5

Equipment

3.5 out of 5

What owners say...

 Everything, size, engine, comfort and quality, I cannot fault it and built in the UK too, 20 miles from where I live. Recently had seven new doors fitted at home and took the old ones we replaced to...  

5 out of 5

John Griffiths ,   15 Nov 2015    ... read more

 5 door hatchback; rear seats fold down flat, decent size boot, full spare alloy wheel.  

4 out of 5

Greg Holmes ,   26 Aug 2015    ... read more

 Due to the high rev range and lift not engaging until 6200 rpm, you can drive the car as sensibly as you'd like to and can happily cruise - when you need the power just put your foot down and it...  

5 out of 5

J Nixon ,   03 Jan 2015    ... read more

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