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Toyota Corolla Altis 1.8 GL User Review

By Sumeet M Chawla on 28 August 2013

Car's Age: 3-5 years


Overall Rating 5
Exterior 4
Interior 5
Ride Quality 5
Maintenance 1000/ month
Mileage (city) 9 KMPL
Mileage (highway) 12 KMPL

Detailed Toyota Corolla Altis Review

What's Good?

* The engine (4 cylinder inline, 1794 cc, 1ZZ-FE engine 132 ps @ 6000 rpm, 17.3 kgm @ 4200 rpm) is very refined and smooth. It feels more responsive and pulls very easily from any gear. Does not feel sluggish even when climbing ghats or slopes with AC ON. * Even with 5 people on board the car didn't scrape any speed breaker so ground clearance is not an issue. * For Senior Citizens, ingress and egress is very good. My parents disliked Honda Civic for this main reason. * BOOT Space is very Good. We never had to flag a taxi on our airport trips. The Rear seat also folds down, with option of half or full fold. It also has a lock located in the boot to prevent accidental fall of seats. * The Person sitting in the middle on rear seat will not feel uncomfortable due to FLAT FLOOR concept. Other cars have a hump which is very inconvenient. This is also the main reason why i chose this car. Very well thought feature. * Perfect car for long drives and high way trips. Very comfortable and SAFE.

What can improve?

* GPS navigation should be a standard feature. * The design of the alloy wheels is a bit too plain for my liking. * The sun-glass holder is pretty useless. Cannot find the usefulness of Sun-glass holder! Can’t close it with sun-glass and can’t keep it open with sun-glass as it blocks rear view mirror! * A net kind of bag should be there in BOOT, so that stuffs like bottles and other items don't keep rolling here and there while driving. I guess some cars do have this NET BAG on the sides of the BOOT. * Traction Control feature also should be added as many cars in this range do have it. * They should also come out with a HYBRID version in Altis. * Cruise control feature is also what should be added. * Sun roof / Moon roof should also be added.

Exteriors (4/5)


Interiors (5/5)


Ride Quality (5/5)


Overall Comments

* Commands good respect and status symbol when you arrive in it at any hotel or parties. Exterior design and styling is very good and looks modern. * Roof mounted antenna is also classy. * LED tail lamps looks very elegant at night.

* The auto dimming rear view mirror is a very good feature for driving at night. * The drivers seat felt much higher than my older cars even when it was at its lowest height. * MID controls on the steering are very convenient. * The sliding armrest is very comfortable. * The twin glove box is very useful. * Instrument pod illuminates when ignition is turned on. * Warning signs include driver/passenger side airbag including audio alarm, door ajar with visual indication of doors. * 2 trip meter & odometer Multi information display (MID) with outside temperature, time, fuel range, instantaneous & average fuel consumption, time & distance. * Steering control for MID and Audio system. * Comes with 6 speakers, 6 CD changer with aux in & remote. * Driver seat height adjustment Telescopic adjustment/tilt adjustment for steering and Dead pedal for foot rest. * Lots of cubby holes all around, 2 cup holder on front & driver arm rest with 2 storage compartments Twin glove box which is very useful to store so many items. * Electrically adjustable & fold-able ORVM's with turn indicators. Fog lamps and Alloys (all 5) / Bridge stone Radial Tubeless Tyres. * With Leather Seats interiors and leather door trims, the car looks a class apart. * The 2 tone dashboard also exults cult status. * Automatic Climate control AC is very comfortable and efficient. * Head light off and Ignition key off reminder feature is very useful. Sometime we forget to turn of headlights or is accidentally on during the day. * Vanity Mirrors on Sun Visors with LIGHT is a very good feature. especially for girls. * Leather Wrapped Steering wheel gives a good grip and looks classy as well matching well with the dash board and interior with chrome Toyota monogram.

* Disc brakes on all four wheels with ABS and EBD. The car really halts well in sudden braking. * The steering is adjustable for both rake and reach. Good for tall and short drivers. * Turning radius is also good, thanks to electronic power steering. * Suspension is well suited and tuned for Indian roads. Minor bumps and potholes are rarely felt. * Projector head lights is a very good feature for night driving. you can adjust for better road visibility. * Rear Defogger is a boon while driving in monsoon.

* The car was going to be used for daily commuting by my parents and myself so legroom, comfort, reliability, safety, status symbol and styling were the most important things and the sole reason why i chose to buy this car.

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