“Significant step forward” for the Corolla nameplate.
Regional safety watchdogs, the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) have announced earlier this week that Toyota’s hot new hatchback, the 2019 Corolla, has been awarded a stellar 5-star safety rating, after the new model performed swimmingly in the latest round of testing.
The Corolla scored an impressive 96% in adult occupant protection, 83% in child occupant protection, 86% in pedestrian protection, and 76% for driver assistance systems. The standard inclusion of AEB played a big role in the Corolla’s solid scores, with the system able to detect vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists.
“The safety improvements provided in this generation of Corolla are a significant step forwards. The Corolla is a trusted nameplate in Australia and New Zealand’s highest-selling passenger car, so it is encouraging to see this affordable, volume-seller continue to achieve a high safety standard. This result clearly shows safety is not a luxury.” — James Goodwin, Chief Executive, ANCAP
With the new model touching down on our shores earlier this month, the Toyota Corolla has to fend off strong competition from the Hyundai i30, Mazda 3, Honda Civic, and the Volkswagen Golf. Its latest guise carries a sleeker, more sophisticated exterior, sitting on a new platform, and taking up a more premium position than it used to.
Available in Ascent Sport, SX, and ZR guises with either a 2.0-litre atmo petrol engine (which is awesome) or a petrol-electric hybrid (which is not bad), the 2019 Toyota Corolla hatch range kicks off from $22,870 for an Ascent Sport manual, and tops off at $31,870 for a fully kitted-out Corolla ZR hybrid. You can check out our extensive launch report here.