Toyota Corolla Altis Diesel Model Review in Detail

TKMPL (Toyota Kirloskar Motors Pvt. Ltd.) has launched it all new version that is Corolla Altis. It get new look in interior and exterior which make it completely different than others. Toyota Corolla Altis change customer’s choice about sedan car with comfort, luxury and sportiness in one place which is the best part people like it. The diesel model comes in four different variants for buyers to choose from. It is competing other sedans in this segment like Skoda Octavia, Volkswagen Jetta, Hyundai Elantra etc. This car is coming with warranty of 3 years or 100000 Kilometers which can extended at an additional cost. In this post we are going to share our experience with you about Toyota Corolla Altis Diesel Model Review in Detail which will definitely increase you knowledge.

Interior

Toyota Corolla Altis Interior HD Photo

Toyota Corolla Altis Interior HD Photo

The new model is expected to get a splendid interior design with beige leather upholstery trim for the seats as well as fake wood inserts. Rear Reclining Seat, paddle shift and more leg space are revised for more comfort in the new model. Rear AC vents, ABS with EBD, electronically adjustable OVRMs, airbags for both driver and passengers etc are standard features for 2014 Altis. Rear reading lamp and rear sun shade,smart entry with push start/stop option, cruise control rear power socket etc are features that caters passenger’s convenience. The Corolla redeems itself once you settle down in the rear seat. Legroom is simply superb and the reclining backrest makes it one of the most comfortable rear benches in the segment. Voice Command as well as electronically adjustable seats, Xenon lamps, front parking sensors etc are upgraded features and specifications for the new model Altis. Daytime running lamp, illuminated scuff plate and ORVM chrome garnish completes its finesse.

On the plus side, pairing your phone and streaming Bluetooth audio is fairly intuitive and the audio system sounds surprisingly good. The cubbyhole just under the climate control console is especially useful to keep your phone in. All door pockets get bottle holders and there’s a useful XL-sized glovebox, but it isn’t cooled. Space was never in short supply in the old Corolla, and there’s even more of it now, courtesy of the lengthened wheelbase and better packaging. From behind the wheel, the long range of steering wheel adjustment and a good amount of travel to the electrically adjustable seat means people of all frames won’t have a problem getting comfortable. To break the monotony, Toyota has divided the design into multiple layers of textures and shades. However, on the lower bit of the dashboard, the overall plastic quality and finish feels quite patchy for a car that strives to be an upmarket luxury sedan.

Some of the enticing features embraced include Day time running lamp, Illuminated Scuff plate, Rear sun shade, 8-way Power driver seat with lumbar support, 5.8 touchscreen audio with DVD, USB, SD Card Reader, Aux-in, Keyless Entry with Jack Knife Design and many more. This means you have to take your eyes off the road and navigate through a bunch of sub-menus for pretty much everything. Luckily, the large audio control buttons on the steering wheel save the driver the trouble of hunting for the volume control. The aftermarket-looking, low-resolution display isn’t especially pleasing to look at and neither is it easy to read on a sunny day. This is the 11th generation model and comes with an array of innovative aspects including a 7.1-inch touch screen audio with navigation system, ECO driving indicator and cruise control function.

The car maker is also offering a smart entry system with push button start/stop function for convenience of the driver. And thanks to the large glass areas, visibility is great too. The seats themselves use foam that’s a touch on the soft side and feels really comfortable. Spread before the driver is an all-new dashboard which ditches the T-shaped design for a vertical layout and imparts a feeling of spaciousness, but it looks a bit too block-like. As far as the interiors are concerned, its dashboard gets a new design with a refurbished central console. The automaker has also updated the gearshift console and it is embossed with a lot of metallic inserts, which gives it a magnificent look. Its internal section comes in beige and piano black finish, leather wrapped steering wheel, which is mounted with audio and call control buttons, chrome plated inside door handles and many other such aspects.

Exterior

Toyota Corolla Altis Front HD Pic

Toyota Corolla Altis

In terms of exteriors, it has restructured headlight cluster that is also equipped with LED daytime running lights. Another styling aspect is a set of trendy multi-spoke alloy wheels (apart from the base variant) that has brought a distinct look to the sides. This facelifted version is designed with improved wheelbase of 100mm, which offers enough leg space and shoulder room. It also comes with some changes in its length, width and height that makes it bigger than its predecessor. Viewed head-on, the large airdam, aggressive upswept headlights with a strip of LEDs and the slightly flared wheel arches are a welcome departure from the conservative design of the previous car. The profile is quite attractive too, but is let down by the wheels that look at least a size too small. This 11th-generation Corolla is the most evolved in recent history and the focus (at least on the outside) is clearly on dumping the ‘boring’ tag. Viewed from the front, the hunkered-down sporty stance makes a solid first impression.

Since a car’s ‘breakover angle’ is inversely proportional to the wheelbase, engineers played it safe and raised the suspension to compensate for the 100mm increase in wheelbase. So, while the profile’s aesthetic appeal may have taken a hit, you can be assured the underbody won’t. The Corolla now rides a good 180mm above the road; enough to sail over even some comically large speedbreakers. It isn’t just 80mm longer than the old Corolla, but is 15mm wider and a bit shorter too, lending it sleeker proportions. But despite the increase in size, the weights for both remain the same as before, which is remarkable. A muscular disguise is attained by inserting a new 16-inch alloy wheels with bulged out wheel arches.

The new model excel in its look and appearance from previous models.  It gets a chrome grille up front along with LED headlamps, tail-lamps, sleek fog lamp gives it a stunning look. The sporty bumper,slopping bonnet and longer wheelbase add up-to its athletic character compared to its predecessor. The rear has received the same bold styling cues with attractive tail-lights and a good bit of chrome garnish that we Indians seem to love. However, while the panel gaps are consistent, opening the boot reveals where Toyota has saved a few bucks. The inner lining of the 490-litre boot uses cheap materials and the overall fit and finish of the fabrics in the boot cavity is quite shoddy too.

Handling

Toyota Corolla Altis Steering Wheel

Toyota Corolla Altis Steering Wheel

All that tinkering with the suspension to tackle our roads has finally paid off. Over our monsoon-battered roads, the new Corolla tackles potholes, ruts and speedbreakers with the aplomb of an SUV. The long suspension travel definitely helps here and does a fine job at dampening road shocks. Even with five on board, the Corolla sails over speedbreakers without scraping its belly. We happened to carry a fair bit of speed over an unmarked speedbreaker, but it didn’t crash through as hard as expected and the Corolla held its composure rather well. But on a series of undulations, it doesn’t feel as grounded or ride as flat as its German rivals; there’s a fair bit of vertical movement.

However, that doesn’t mean it’s sloppy around the bends and, if you so choose, can carry a fair bit of speed through the corners. As for handling, it doesn’t have a quick or lively steering geometry but handles in a safe and predictable manner instead; the chunky steering feels quite nice to hold too. But most importantly, it doesn’t feel overly light on the highway even though it’s quite light at lower speeds, and the tight turning circle is quite city-friendly too. Ironically, it’s the petrol Corolla that has a hint of torque steer under hard acceleration at lower speeds.

Performance

Toyota Corolla Altis Engine HD Image

Toyota Corolla Altis Engine

In India, the Corolla has never had a powerful motor and, disappointingly, the new one doesn’t break away from the trend. In fact, it carries over the same motors as its predecessor and in the same state of tune too. The diesel gets just a six-speed manual gearbox. From behind the wheel of the 1.8 automatic, the refined engine has a character that’s more relaxed than rushed and the power delivery is smooth and predictable. Sure, there’s the infamous rubber-band effect if you nail the pedal, but at part throttle, the CVT ’box keeps this effect to a minimum and shifts seamlessly. In fact, at about 65kph, tugging at the ‘minus’ paddle enough can push the cogs all the way from seventh to first! But pushing this motor to its 6,600rpm redline isn’t much fun as the last 2,000 revs just pile on more decibels than useable thrust. But while outright performance is weak at best, the lack of a sudden turbo-spike makes for a smooth urban drive.

It’s best to work those paddles to keep the engine between 2,000 and 5,000 revs, where it feels the most responsive. As the 87bhp power figure for the diesel suggests, there’s a severe dearth of oomph. Ambling around in the city is easy, thanks to the light clutch and gearbox that make cycling though cogs far less of a chore. Which is a good thing, since you’ll find yourself downshifting rather often to keep the engine above the 2,000 rpm mark — below this, the engine feels all but arthritic. Even when you enter the meaty region of powerband, it’s just gently coaxed forward. The meekly performing motor doesn’t encourage you to stretch the car’s legs and it feels most at home at around 120kph, with the motor ticking around the 2,500rpm mark in sixth gear.

Efficiency & Mileage Review

Toyota Corolla Altis Mileage Test Drive

Toyota Corolla Altis Mileage Test Drive

A fuel tank of 55 litres means you can comfortably cover about 650km on a single tank under mixed driving conditions. The small capacity diesel manages a much better around 18 kmpl in the city and 21 kmpl on the highway. While these figures are quite good, we reckon the highway figure could have been even better if the engine had some more oomph as that would avoid the need to downshift often. The diesel Corolla gets a slightly smaller 50-litre fuel tank, but still gives you an impressive range of about 730km between fill-ups. You can also know top mileage cars in India.

Toyota Corolla Altis D 4D J (1364 cc, Manual, Diesel), gives mileage of 21.43 kmpl on highway and 18.42 kmpl in city.

Toyota Corolla Altis D 4D JS (1364 cc, Manual, Diesel), gives mileage of 21.43 kmpl on highway and 18.42 kmpl in city.

Toyota Corolla Altis D 4D G (1364 cc, Manual, Diesel), gives mileage of 21.43 kmpl on highway and 18.42 kmpl in city.

Toyota Corolla Altis D 4D GL (1364 cc, Manual, Diesel), gives mileage of 21.43 kmpl on highway and 18.42 kmpl in city.

Pricing

Toyota Corolla Altis Money Price

Toyota Corolla Altis Money Price

Toyota Corolla Altis D 4D J ₹ 14.1 Lac
Toyota Corolla Altis D 4D JS ₹ 14.6 Lac
Toyota Corolla Altis D 4D G ₹ 16.0 Lac
Toyota Corolla Altis D 4D GL ₹ 17.7 Lac

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