Colin-on-Cars – Toyota Corolla Hatch updated

Updates to the Toyota Corolla Hatch continue to roll out and the latest centre around new wheels and an updated infotainment system.

First launched in 2019, the Toyota Corolla Hatch was tweaked in March 2020, when the Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) active safety suite was added to the flagship Xr model as part of Toyota’s continued TSS roll-out strategy.

The ‘street appeal’ of the Corolla Hatch Xr has ‘leveled up’ with the addition of directional 18-inch alloy wheels shod with 225/40/R18 tyres. Aligned to the 18-inch wheels’ package, is the fitment of a space saver spare wheel, while Xs models retain their 16-inch alloy wheels with corresponding 205/55/R16 rubber and full-size spare wheel.

This product update also includes the fitment of a new-generation infotainment system across the board – incorporating Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Wireless telephony is supported via Bluetooth with a USB input for additional media options.

The Xr model is equipped with the Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) system comprising a whole suite of safety systems including Blind Spot Monitoring. This has been expanded for 2020, with the addition of Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA). RCTA provides audible warnings to the driver in an alley-docking scenario where passing vehicles or obstacles may be out of visual range.

The standard specification level for the Xs-grade includes features such as LED lights with LED DRL, Dual-zone Climate Control, Smart Entry (keyless access), Cruise Control, Power-operated heated exterior mirrors, colour Multi-Information Display (MID), Reverse Camera, one-touch power windows and speed-sensitive door locking.

The Xr variant builds on this foundation and adds Sport front seats in a Leather and Alcantara combination, power-adjustable driver lumbar support and seat-heating function for driver and passenger. The Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) coupled with RCTA completes the Xr package.

An electronic parking brake with integrated Hill-Assist function (HAC) is joined by driver, passenger, side, curtain and driver-knee crash bags. Vehicle Stability Control is standard with the full suite of electronic aids present (ABS, EBD, Brake Assist). ISOFIX attachment points are also supplied.

All variants are powered by the 1,2-litre turbo-charged 8NR-FTS engine, producing 85 kW and 185 Nm.     

A 6-speed manual transmission or ‘10-speed’ Shiftmatic CVT driving the front wheels remain the two drivetrain options (dependent on grade selected).

Model Line-up & Pricing

Corolla 1.2T Xs                                   – R369,100

Corolla 1.2T Xs Bi-Tone                     – R379,800

Corolla 1.2T Xs CVT                          – R380,600

Corolla 1.2T Xs CVT Bi-Tone             – R391,300

Corolla 1.2T XR CVT                          – R425,200

Corolla 1.2T XR CVT Bi-Tone            – R435,900

All Corolla Hatch models are sold with a 6-services/90 000 km service plan – with 15 000 km or 12-month service intervals. A 3-year/100 000 km warranty is also provided.

Leave a Reply