2019 Toyota Corolla now on sale in Australia from $22,870

August 7, 2018

Toyota Australia has launched the all-new 2019 Toyota Corolla, bringing in dynamic underpinnings, a fresh design, and all-new levels of standard technology.

Three main variant grades are being launched, spanning from the Ascent Sport, SX, to the top ZR. All are available with either a petrol or petrol-electric hybrid powertrain, and all are underpinned by the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) shared with vehicles such as the latest Prius and Camry.

For the petrol versions there’s a new 2.0-litre ‘Dynamic Force’ four-cylinder engine that produces 125kW and 200Nm, up 21 per cent and 15 per cent, respectively, compared with the outgoing 1.8L unit. Despite the increases in output the new unit uses less fuel.

This engine is available with a six-speed manual or CVT simulated 10-speed auto. With the auto the combined cycle fuel consumption is rated at 6.0L/100km, while the manual is rated at 6.3L/100km. Part of this economy is thanks to a range of cutting-edge technologies such as direct injection, VVTi and VVT-iE variable valve timing, an under-square combustion chamber and a high compression ratio of 13.0:1.

As for the hybrid unit, it uses the latest 1.8-litre Atkinson Cycle petrol engine with an electric motor assist system. Combined output is rated at 90kW, while the fuel economy on the average cycle is stamped at just 4.2L/100km, per the Australian Design Rules test.

The new Corolla showcases “unprecedented” levels of safety technology for the small car class, Toyota says. Some of the highlights include pre-collision safety with pedestrian detection, autonomous emergency braking, active cruise control, and lane departure alert with steering assist. Toyota anticipates a full five-star ANCAP safety rating for the complete range.

All variants (at minimum) come with a 4.2-inch digital display for the instrument cluster, an 8.0-inch touch-screen media interface with Toyota Link and Siri voice recognition, while the SX adds dual-zone climate control, keyless entry and start, digital radio and sat-nav, with the ZR packed to the brim leather-accented sports seats, a 7.0-inch info display, head-up display, and an eight-speaker JBL sound system. See below for the highlight standard features for each variant.

The new model – which features a rather fetching design, we’re sure you’ll agree – is on sale now from the following prices (excluding on-roads). It’s expected to perpetuate the nameplate’s sales domination in the segment, carrying on from the outgoing Corolla.

2019 Toyota Corolla Ascent Sport petrol manual- $22,870
2019 Toyota Ascent Sport petrol CVT – $24,370
2019 Toyota Corolla Ascent Sport hybrid – $25,870
2019 Toyota Corolla SX petrol CVT – $26,870
2019 Toyota Corolla SX hybrid CVT – $28,370
2019 Toyota Corolla – ZR petrol CVT – $30,370
2019 Toyota Corolla ZR hybrid CVT – $31,870

Ascent Sport

Mechanical
– 2.0-litre petrol with six-speed manual or CVT transmission
– 1.8-litre hybrid powertrain with CVT transmission
– Independent suspension
– Electric power steering
– Ventilated front and solid rear disc brakes

Exterior
– Auto high beam LED headlights,
– LED tail lights and daytime running lights
– Rear fog lamps
– Heated electric exterior mirrors
– 16-inch alloy wheels (petrol: full size alloy spare, hybrid: temporary spare)

Interior
– Embossed fabric seats
– Driver seat height adjustment
– 4.2-inch Multi Info Display (MID)
– Urethane steering wheel with steering wheel controls
– 8-inch colour touchscreen display
– 60/40-split rear seat back
– Front door bins with bottle holders
– Rear door bottle holders
– 12v accessory socket

Safety
– Toyota Safety Sense
– Pre-collision safety system (AEB) with pedestrian (day/night) and cyclist detection (day)
– All-speed active cruise control (CVT)
– High-speed active cruise control (MT)
– Lane trace assist with steering assist and lane centring function (CVT)
– Lane departure alert with steering assist
– Road sign assist (speed signs)
– ABS with brake assist, vehicle stability control, active cornering control
– 7 airbags
– Reversing camera
– ISOFIX child restraint anchors

Comfort and convenience
– Manual air conditioning
– Front and rear power windows
– Electronic park brake
– Dual zone climate control (Hybrid only)
– Smart entry and start (Hybrid only)

Infotainment / Multimedia
– AM/FM radio
– Bluetooth connectivity
– 1 USB / 1 Aux input
– Voice recognition, Siri “eyes-free”, Toyota Link
– 6-speakers

SX (above Ascent Sport)

Mechanical
– 2.0-litre petrol with CVT transmission
– 1.8-litre hybrid powertrain with CVT transmission

Exterior
– Front fog lamps
– Privacy glass
– 16-inch alloy wheels with temporary spare

Interior
– Premium steering wheel with steering wheel controls

Safety
– Blind spot monitor

Comfort and convenience
– Dual zone climate control
– Wireless phone charger
– Smart entry and start

Infotainment / Multimedia
– DAB+ digital radio
– Satellite navigation with SUNA live traffic

ZR (above SX)

Mechanical
– 2.0-litre petrol with CVT transmission
– 1.8-litre hybrid powertrain with CVT transmission

Exterior
– 18-inch alloys with temporary spare (Hybrid – repair kit)

Interior
– Sports heated front seats
– Leather-accented ultrasuede seats
– Driver seat lumbar support
– 7-inch Multi Info Display (MID) with analogue and digital display options
– Ambient lighting

Safety
– Head-up display

Infotainment / Multimedia
– JBL premium audio

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.

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