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TOYOTA COROLLA Hatchback 2002‑2009

4.5
Based on 92 reviews
TOYOTA COROLLA Hatchback 2002‑2009

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danryan7606

fantastic car, corolla 1.6 vvti sr 2007

TOYOTA COROLLA 1.6 VVT-i SR 5dr (Review date: 29th August '14)

5

What a great under rated car! Bad image with the young!? This is the best car ive owned. Previous cars being bmw, audi, volvo... These cars are very reliable, cheap to run and give you piece of mind that it will start and go anywhere all the time.

Regular services and that seems to be the only outlay you will have. For a small family hatch you wont do better, build quality is excellant, boot space is good. They hold their values better than most.

Driving is nice and tight with the 1.6 vvti willing when needed.

Parts are no more expensive than most cars (if you will need them)

I cant praise this car enough, dont worry about the older image of a corolla owner, if you want a realiable car that wont let you down, this is the car to buy.(or any Toyota) Fantastic

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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ch_s_hussain

Toyota T Spirit 1.4 Manual - S Hussain

TOYOTA COROLLA 1.4 VVT-i T Spirit 5dr (Review date: 24th July '14)

5

Best Practical Medium/Small Size Car

Solid Build - Excellent Gadgets

Best On Fuel Insurance Tax £85

Comfortable Smooth Drive

Fuel Local £20 return 100 miles

Motorways £20 150 miles

Japanese Best After Mercedes

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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theix

Excellent everyday all rounder.

TOYOTA COROLLA 1.4 D-4D Colour Collection 5dr (Review date: 2nd March '14)

5

This car has served us well, it will be a great shame once we change it, but the only reason for this would be to upgrade to a higher spec car as the Corolla was only intended to be used short term, but it has surprised us how much it has to offer for the price. The main plus is the millage. It was the best car around for our budget at the time that offered 59 mpg. It all depends on how your drive but I averaged 55 mpg which is roughly 550 miles on a full tank. The look in my opinion is a good look only the T3 version thought as it comes with the sporty sides and sometimes if your lucky the back spoiler. Great car all round! Great choice for a smart budget.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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dhammika

my corolla, in uk its under dog,

TOYOTA COROLLA 1.6 VVT-i T Spirit 5dr (Review date: 30th November '12)

5

my toyota corolla give me lots of thrill and fun for driving, i bought this car as a used car from dealer, on that time it covered 122000 miles, but my previous experience with toyota , i know there are no major issues with toyota even its covered more than 500000 miles, because its all simple , even the engine ( not like other Europe cars ) i can reach easily every single part.

i had never had the issue with this car, I know with the Toyota badge i never be wrong...

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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nadeem76

Mixture of all ticked boxes. Good car . Near 5 stars

TOYOTA COROLLA 1.8 VVTL-i T Sport 3dr (Review date: 11th August '12)

4.8

My friend fell in love with the car 1.8 t sport 6speed vvtl-i 180 plus bhp. After selling mg zr and just bought 3 dr foucus . I dont blame him. Very nippy 1.8 maybe not best car ive drivin on motorway being it only 1796 cc . However ticked all other boxes perfectly . Right price , good power and econamy . Very reliable and sounds sporty too as it should . It is officially a hot hatch suitable for all type drivers i know of . Four point five stars out of 5 .

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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toyota4eva

brilliant cars

TOYOTA COROLLA 1.6 VVT-i Colour Collection 5dr Auto (Review date: 18th July '12)

5

I have the automatic colour collection and it is new to me, but 6 actual years old. Well inside it still smells new and has been well cared for. The car looks nice,makes me feel happy when I look out the window and say to myself 'I own that!'. The steering is light the turning circle is small allowing easy turning in the road etc. I have had optional reverse sensors fitted as I was always over estimating the space behind and leaving big 5 foot gaps now the beeps let me know am miles away when parking it. The steering wheel has access to the stereo volume and mode. I changed the built in stereo which had a solo cd and trip meter, i lost the trip meter as done away with the original stereo. It shows miles per gallon etc. cd players are outdated now and most youngish people use a usb stick type music storage so I have an upgrade . The first thing we noticed in the car showroom was the CLUNK solid door closing. This car is built to be solid and safe. There are protective airbags in the front side and on the pillars. The seat goes up and down as well as forward and back and the seat upholstery is very supportive. There is a lot of room in the boot and a full sized spare tyre.Very good paint job and I have metallic pale blue and it is very easy colour to keep clean and the dirt seems to repel off of it. Air con is icy cold, and digital, and instantly clears the windows. Economical on petrol and powerful 1.6 engine. Reliable , comfy inside, modern, old people like this car but am not an old fart , mine has tinted windows in and a sub and amp and that is all the modding I will need to do to it as it runslike a dream and feels amazing getting behind the wheel and is my second corolla used car, and auto gearboxes are scarce because not one parts with a great car. i love it and even my neighbour liked it lol I use my car to commute and it just perfect for a family of to sit comfortaby inside and looks good holds the road well, 100% on all counts

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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unhappycorolla

Disappointing

TOYOTA COROLLA 1.4 VVT-i Colour Collection 3dr (Review date: 5th May '12)

2

Had the previous model Corolla(2001) which was fantastic so had high hopes but this one was a complete letdown. It never broke down in the four years I had it but there were just so many problems and niggles. Selecting reverse gear took several attempts, especially when cold. Was told it was not an uncommon fault and they could try and rectify it by removing the gearbox under warranty but I declined as it would probably cause more problems than it solved. So many rattles! The boot and glove box I solved myself but the dashboard was removed by the dealer and re-sealed with a "Sealing -kit" so just shows how much a problem this is if they have their own special part. Further rattles reappeared but had decided by then to move on. Reflections on the windsceen from the dashboard are, in Summer, quite dangerous, particularly on wooded lanes. Sometimes I had to almost stop. Air-con failed just outside warrenty. Got 50% back after complaining but then failed again. Steering heavy and wooden. Ride uncomfortable on most roads. Awful front visibility due to thick A pillars . Impractical seat fabric and interior plastics that mark so easily . Could not wait to get rid of it.

Practicality

3 / 5

Reliability

1 / 5

Running cost

3 / 5

How it drives

1 / 5
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reece

Toyota Corolla SR 2.0L diesel

TOYOTA COROLLA 2.0 D-4D SR 5dr (Review date: 28th April '12)

5

The car is beautifully made and as i have the 2.0L Diesel SR 4 door in blue with body kit and tinted windows as standard it dose not look like the normal boring Corolla but also dose not look like a suped up chavs car.

I have had the car for 1 year and 6 months and have not had to pay out a penny towards anything going wrong (other than the normal wear and tear).

i get complements on the car where ever i go. i have had one crash in the car where a feista went 40MPH into the back of me while i was not mobile and the feista just bounced off, i got out of the car thinking it was going to be smashed up. But other than a small scratch and the bumper being weakond the car was completely fine so it is built like a tank.

The diesel version is very good on fuel as i have got 75MPG out of it on motorways, but on the other hand i only get 30MPG on 30 roads. It dose not feel right sitting at 30 because the car seems to be over revin but if u go up to 4th then you have no power and struggles. this probably is one of the reasons it dose so bad on 30roads. The tax is also quite expensive now it is 175 a year and has seemed to be increasing by 10pounds a year.

The cars drive is amazing it is the most comfortable car i have ever driven or been in on every sort of road and there's no worries with pot holes it just takes them like a rangerover without any horrible noises. i also take the car down some unmade private roads where my friends go down at 5MPH but i can do 20mph and keep up with the 4x4s with no problems.

It is not the quietest car i have been in but is not too noisy (dose not bother me as i have my subwoofer going all the time). the car is not slow, it can get out of tight situations if needed without sounding like your ringing its neck.

Both my sisters, my dad, 3 of my friends and my mother want my car when i get rid of it so i will have no problem selling it.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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bilaldar

superb car

TOYOTA COROLLA 1.6 VVT-i SR 5dr (Review date: 23rd January '12)

4.8

hello and welcome to my review of my beloved toyota i can not praise this car enough i enjoy driving this car and so will u it has a nice sporty feel to it and it attracts al ot of attention being metallic blue it stands out from the rest its enginee is a 1.6 and drives smoothly road handling is very gud very spacious inside and very safe car to drive fuel economy is very gud too giviing u about 40 mpg just like every toyota its 100% reliable and always will be i think this is the best model in the corolla and is top range car i would definately recommend to anyone thinking of buying a toyota u will not be dissapointed

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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philj

Rock solid, decent performance, poor driver ergonomics

TOYOTA COROLLA 1.6 VVT-i T3 5dr (Review date: 22nd January '12)

4

We bought our Toyota Corolla to replace a very old VW Polo. We wanted something that was going to be equally reliable and solidly built. In this respect it has been excellent. Nothing has gone wrong and the whole car feels well built - even now that it's 8 years old.

In terms of performance and handling it's not bad at-all. Sure it's no BMW, but the 1.6 petrol engine is nippy in town and on country roads it's pretty sure-footed and generally has a bit of power in reserve.

So what's not to like about this car? The driving position! This is partly down to cost-cutting by Toyota: The driver's seat height adjustment is the kind that tips and raises at the same time. This means that when you adjust it in one direction it pushes you in another at the same time. Hard to explain; even harder to get comfortable!

Poor ergonomics are evident in everything you do as a driver. For example, the volume control on the stereo is on the far side of the console, so you just can't reach it without stretching. On the other hand, the electric window controls are so far back on the door, you have to lift your shoulder and elbow like a contortionist to get your hand to them.

This isn't a car built for long journeys. Our experience is that the seat fabric is optimised more for being hard-wearing than for comfort. On a hot motorway journey, the aircon (even when new) just couldn't keep up with the effect of those man-made fibres!

My conculsion: This is a suberb, reliable car that will reward you if you don't expect too much in terms of comfort.

Practicality

3 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

4 / 5
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