The Toyota Corolla Altis has always been a strong player in the D-segment. Changes in the facelift model is limited to cosmetic and feature upgrades, while mechanically it continues to be powered by existing engine options.
In terms of fresh upgrades, the front facia now sports chrome embellished new upper grille and a wider radiator grille that is integrated onto the bumper. The vehicle gets new LED headlamps with daytime running lamps and new LED cluster tail lamps. The sides appear to be fairly the same as the current generation but you are in for a new set of alloys and tail lamps.
The interior of the new Toyota Corolla Altis have been fairly retained from the earlier car but gets revised upholstery, new HVAC controls and circular shaped HVAC vents. Toyota has also worked upon the quality and finish to be better than its predecessors. The instrument cluster gets a 4.2-inch MID display with updated software and also gets new Touch 2 system with navigation as standard. The rear seats recline making it the only car in its segment to offer the feature.
The 2017 Toyota Corolla continues to be powered by a 1.8-litre petrol engine that generates 138bhp of power, while the diesel version comes with a 1.4-litre engine that generates 87bhp. The new model is expected to offer slightly better fuel efficiency figures than the current generation model. The new Corolla Altis will be offered in six-speed manual and seven-speed automatic transmission options.
The Toyota Corolla Altis competes against the Hyundai Elantra, the Chevrolet Cruze, the Skoda Octavia and the Volkswagen Jetta. While the Elantra comes at a better price and more features, the German rivals have much more power and technology running in them than the Toyota’s age-old mechanicals.
The 2019 Toyota Corolla S Plus has a lot going for it, including a hybrid model, but you’d be wise to cross-shop its rivals as well. Additional new features for the 2019 Toyota Corolla S Plus include a heated steering wheel, and optional heated and power operated front seats on lower-trim models with cloth upholstery. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is optional. In addition to the gas-only model, the 2019 Toyota Corolla S Plus is also available as a hybrid with all-wheel drive as standard.
- Spacious interior
- Fuel efficient hybrid variant
- An 8.4-inch infotainment screen on most trims
YOU WON’T LIKE
- All-wheel drive is only available with the V-6
- Some cheap hard plastic interior components
- The V-6 engine could use more power
In a 2017 comparison test that included the Mazda and Jeep, the 2019 Toyota Corolla S Plus placed fifth. Handling also proved to be another 2019 Toyota Corolla S Plus weak spot and we found the steering to be numb.
The 2019 Toyota Corolla S Plus, on the other hand, is a better package, as we noted in a 2017 First Test, thanks to its smooth powertrain and well-calibrated brakes that smoothly transition between regenerative and mechanical braking. However, since it isn’t a plug-in hybrid, the 2019 Toyota Corolla S Plus doesn’t have much EV mode range and can only travel around 0.5 miles on electricity.A rearview camera with rear parking sensors is now standard on all models.
The car is the only 2019 Toyota Corolla S Plus trim level that can be had with a cool two-tone exterior color scheme. The ride itself was smooth, and road imperfections were barely felt.”