The compact hatchback that he had

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With the new Corolla Hatchback, Toyota hopes to attract more buyers of compact cars hatchback. Thanks to a silhouette that is modern, successful, a variety of versions eye-catching and a level of driving pleasure undeniable, this wish has all the chances to become a reality.

For the past few years, the japanese manufacturer Toyota renews its product range by giving them not only attractive prices, but also a more expressive styles that doubled as a road stimulating. It happened to the Camry and even the Avalon — an amazing surprise ! It is also the treatment that was reserved to the Corolla, or, more precisely, the Corolla Hatchback 2019 (the new generation sedan arrives next year).

Made in Japan, the Corolla Hatchback made its debut in the month of August. It is the successor to the Corolla iM, a model of acting that never really took off, with attractive attributes, start by connectivity systems and driver assistance, which is now popular. In addition, his base price, which is 1770 $ less than the Corolla iM, at the risk of making it more competitive in a market teeming with activity.

In fact, canadian drivers, and more yet those of the great Province, very fond of cars, compact hatchback, much more so than our neighbours to us, all proportions kept. This craze has also largely contributed to the commercial success enjoyed by the Mazda3 Sport for several years in Quebec, this variant being the choice of approximately 40 % of the buyers of Mazda3.

Diverse range

The trunk of the Corolla Hatchback has a threshold that is annoying, and its minimum volume is slightly lower than the trunk of a Corolla iM, at which she succeeds.

In the Face of the Mazda3 Sport, Hyundai Elantra GT, Kia Forte5, Volkswagen Golf, Honda Civic and Chevrolet Cruze hatchback, and the like, Toyota needed a model that is more substantial than the iM, the unknown recovered from the mark moribund Scion. In contrast to the iM, for which Toyota offered only a single level of staffing, the Corolla Hatchback has three, beginning with an entry-level version “beautiful, good, not expensive” (20 980 $ compared to the 22 $ 750 for the iM 2018). It has steel wheels of 15 inches, and a staffing base, which, let’s face it, turns out to be correct. After all, it includes, among other things, a set of devices and driver assistance (brake assist emergency, alert, sway, and adaptive cruise control (acc), LED headlights, power windows, an audio system incorporating Bluetooth systems and CarPlay of Apple (but not Android Auto).

The staffing levels above, however, can make this compact hatchback more attractive. It is therefore necessary to opt for a Corolla Hatchback SE (22 580 $), located one step higher in the hierarchy of versions, to take advantage of the comfort provided by heated seats and for wheels 16-inch alloy wheels, seyantes, paddle gear shifts, in the event it chooses also the automatic gearbox optional (1000 $). By its endowment, but also its cost base, this version is more close to the old Corolla iM. But still, a notch above, the version IS Improved (23 980 $) provides in addition to a heated steering wheel leather-wrapped, a device for monitoring blind spots (very handy) and alloy wheels of 18 inches, and the equipment that it was impossible to get with a iM.

Finally, there’s the Corolla Hatchback XSE (27 980 $), the high-end version. Its endowment, which encompasses that of the two previous versions, is enriched with seats covered partially in leather, dual-zone air conditioning, fog lights LED and an infotainment system to the more sophisticated with GPS and combined with a touch screen 7-inch (replacing the screen of 4.2-inch of the other versions). In short, with a greater variety of versions (and prices), Toyota is hoping to attract more buyers, which is perfectly plausible.

A spirited motoring

The interior adopts a modern style and the finish is neat. In addition, the bucket seats are very comfortable.

A new engine should also help increase the interest in this car. Under the hood houses a brand new engine called Dynamic Force. This 4– cylinder 2.0 L injects 168 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque to the new compact, dimensions, significantly higher than the 137 hp and 126 lb-ft that delivered the 4 – cylinder 1.8 L of iM. However, for this car, whose mass was only slightly increased (54 kg for the manual version and 13 kg for the automatic), these gains translate into acceleration and pickup a little more vivid : the manufacturer has cut off about 1 sec in the 0-100 km/h (about 9 to 8 s), so that the times of 80 to 110 km/h require a few tenths of a second less.

The approval to use two transmissions offered, there are also comments approvers. The six-speed manual transmission, which is part of the endowment of series of versions of entry-level and IS, shines through his handling of flexible and by a judicious layering. As for the box continuously variable automatic Direct Shift (standard on the XSE and optional for other versions), it does not impose these unpleasant increases regime as do, for example, some models of Nissan. Its input in action is instant and its manual mode Shiftmatic, which simulates 10 reports, enables lovers of sporty driving to take full advantage of the engine brake at the right times.

As is usually the case with a box continuously variable automatic, this Corolla makes it 11 % less energy intensive than the manual. It is also 11 % more energy efficient than that used by the Corolla iM. Based on fuel consumption ratings published by natural Resources Canada (Nrcan), this dual-benefit justified the choice of this automatic transmission.

The interior of this car is distinguished by a modern style and a clean finish. In addition, the bucket seats are very comfortable. However, the rear seats provide 9 % less leg room than the iM. Compared to a Subaru Impreza hatchback, a compact car the most spacious in this category, the gap widens to 18 % ! The rear seats are best suited to young children than to adults ! Finally, the trunk has a threshold that is annoying and an opening rather small, not to mention that its useful volume is 13 % lower than that of an iM when the backs of the 60/40 split of the rear bench seat are in place. It is therefore necessary to think twice before loading very large package. And then, sacrificing the rear seats, it has a trunk much more practical than with a sedan Corolla !

The Corolla Hatchback star of the SEMA Show 2018

Toyota Corolla Hatchback amended by Hoonigan.

The Corolla Hatchback was honored at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas two weeks ago. Four preparers in california are given to heart joy, by turning it into a small sports car. Papadakis Racing was prepared for the drift, then that Super Street was dressed to make you drool for visitors to the Tokyo Auto Salon during the SEMA Show. For its part, Muscle Tuner Automotive has been the emulates a Corolla AE86, while SoCal Kustomz modified for a possible umpteenth chapter of the series The Fast and The Furious !

A fifth trainer in california, Hoonigan, has chosen a different approach. Specialist rally cars, it has made its Corolla Hatchback as a platform for the filming of high performance. It has as well as a suspension picked up, wheels Fifteen52 Integrale 17 ” and racing bucket with a harness with four anchor points.

As to the equipment used in the filming that you put on the roof (crane Motocrane Ultra, support Freeflying Movi XL, Red camera Dragon, lens Canon 17-120 mm and focusing system, Tilta Nucleus), once disassembled, can be stowed away entirely inside in order for this compact to go undetected !

Toyota Corolla Hatchback

Base price

20 980 $ (base) ; 23 580 $ () ; 24 980 $ (Upgrade) ; 27 980 $ (XSE).

Transport and preparation

1645 $


L4 DOHC 2.0 L ; 168 hp at 6600 rpm, 151 lb-ft at 4800 rpm. Gearbox 6-speed manual or automatic gearbox with continuous variation. Front-wheel drive.


Four-wheel independent Suspension. Disc brakes to all four wheels. Anti-lock braking system series. Tires : P195/65R15 (base) ; 205/55R16 () ; 225/40R18 (Upgrade and XSE).


Wheelbase : 2640 mm ; length : 4375 mm ; width : 1790 mm ; height : 1435 mm. Weight : 1844 kg. Cargo Volume : 510 L (seat raised). Tank, Volume : 50 L. average Consumption (Nrcan, PVA) : 7.5 L/100 km.


Chevrolet Cruze 5p, Chevrolet Volt, Fiat 500L, Ford Focus 5p, Honda Civic 5p, Hyundai Elantra GT, Hyundai Ioniq hybrid, Kia Forte5 (coming soon), Mini Cooper 5p, Mazda3 Sport, Nissan Leaf, Subaru Impreza 5p, Toyota Prius, Volkswagen Golf


  • Engine
  • Automatic transmission effective
  • Comfortable bucket seats

Weak Points

  • Design of the safety deposit box could be better
  • Visibility of rear three-quarters reduced
  • Back seat little spacious