Toyota Corolla 2018: Operation
Powering the Corolla is a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, backed by Dual VVT-i. The motor provides a mediocre 122 PS at 6000 rmp and Nm torque at 5200 rpm. The continuously variable transmission (CVT) that comes with a simulated manual gear ratio shall regulate the power for smoother driving.
The Corolla is more of a fuel economic car rather than a workhorse
The engine specification suggests a decent amount of power but a quick test drive and I realize that the Corolla is definitely not that strong. Despite that fact, it is possibly one of the smoothest C-segment cars I’ve driven. The ‘Eco coaching’ function will thrill environmentalists as it let the driver know when the drive is the most efficient.
With the upper range endowed with most of its power, the Corolla is more of a fuel economic car rather than a workhorse. In light traffic, the Corolla averages between 9.0 – 10km/l which really impresses while in more congested routes, it delivers 7.5 – 8.0 km/l which is quite nice, too.
Switch the Corolla to the manual mode and it shows the energy that deserves appreciation. At above 3500 rmp, the engine produces nice torque while reaching top pulling power at 5200 rmp. Again, it is not the most exciting car to drive, but it can do the acceleration decently when you need it and it is a nice long distance cruiser.
Maybe the greatest attributes of the Corolla is its ride smoothness. With the chassis and dampers do a great job of absorbing road roughness, the rides feel very pliant and comfortable. The Noise, Vibration and Harshness system also well fulfills its duty of keeping the cabin out of outside environmental disturbance.
Maybe the greatest attributes of the Corolla is its ride smoothness
The handling feels satisfactory, if not engaging. Despite a pinch of numbness, the Corolla’s electronic power steering gives a satisfactory driving experience, which outdoes those on most other models.
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