Toyota Corolla Altis is present in varied car markets of the globe since 1966 and still, it is continuing its successful run. Just a couple of years back, the manufacturer has introduced its eleventh generation model for the buyers. As compared to all its predecessors, this latest version is perhaps the most stylish and advanced of them all. There are drastic changes that we can notice with regards to its exteriors, interiors and its features as well. Recently, the company has rolled out a couple of limited edition variants in the series, which are based on their mid level 'G' versions. One would certainly expect these exclusive editions with additional styling features like body decals, specially designed alloy wheels and other add-ons. Interestingly, the firm has kept the exteriors as it is, but updated its insides by adding certain new features to set it apart from the other trims. It gets a new smart-link infotainment system featuring a touchscreen device. It is also integrated with gesture controls along with smartphone enabled navigation facility. Along with these, features like illuminated scuff plates, puddle lamps, leather seats with 'Limited' lettering have been given to these exclusive trims. Besides these, all the other facilities of the sedan have been retained from the G trims. As for the technical specifications, the automaker is offering it with both the petrol and diesel engine options. Moving on to the existing trims, the petrol versions come in four trims like JS, G, GL and VL. While the oil-burners are segmented into four different versions like J, JS, G and GL. Apart from the base trim, all the other versions have identical look. Its high end versions have LED headlamps along with daytime running lights. Also, they have 15-spoke design alloy wheels, which renders a sporty appeal.
This eleventh generation model is built with an improved wheelbase of 100mm that eventually contributes for creating more leg space inside. It also comes with some improvements regarding its length, width and height making it bigger than its predecessor. As far as the interiors are concerned, its cockpit houses a newly designed dashboard equipped with advanced functions and facilities. Its cabin has an aura of majesty, thanks to the extensive metallic inserts embodying various corners of the sedan. Its cabin has a beige and piano black colored scheme, which is another eye-soothing factor. This sedan also gets a leather wrapped steering wheel mounted with multi-functional switches for audio and call controls. Moving on to the safety section, this sedan is incorporated with an advanced engine immobilizer with alarm. This safeguards the vehicle from unauthorized entry or theft. Its high end versions also have reverse parking sensors along with camera that adds to the safety quotient, while aiding to park the vehicle. Currently, this sedan comes with a standard warranty of 100000 kilometers or up to 3 years.
The current generation Corolla Altis has an aerodynamic body structure making it look far more advanced than its predecessors. Its front facade is obviously the most attractive part of this sedan owing to its magnificent radiator grille and sleek headlamps. The radiator grille is garnished with chrome and is further embedded with a company logo in the center. Flanking this is the headlight cluster integrated with automatic LED headlamps and day time running lights. The bumper is garnished in body color and houses a wider air intake section for engine cooling. It is also affixed with a body colored under-guard for additional protection. The air dam is surrounded by a pair of bright fog lamps, but the base variant lacks this feature. The side profile is defined with strong character lines and black finished window sill. The door handles and outside rear view mirrors are painted in body color. Its external wing mirrors are electrically adjustable and integrated with side turn blinker. The wheel arches of the J and JS trims gets a set of steel wheels, whereas other trims get a classy set of multi-spoke alloy wheels. Its rear profile also gets a major modification with a brand new taillight cluster and a revoked boot lid that has a thick chrome appliqué. It is embossed with a chrome plated company's insignia along with model badge, which further emphasizes its luxurious look. The body colored bumper is fitted with a pair of reflectors. The large windscreen is integrated with a defogger and it also has a high mounted stop lamp.
The large wheelbase measures about 2700mm that ensures ample leg space for the occupants inside. Its minimum ground clearance is about 175mm. Its overall length is 4620mm, total height is 1475mm and width measures about 1775mm (including both external rear view mirrors).
Ed's Take: The interior of the new Corolla Altis is contemporary and definitely refreshed when compared to the previous generation. The quality and the space too are good.
Its recently launched limited edition Corolla Altis gets minor updates with regards to the looks. It gets leather seat covers embedded with 'Limited' logo on them. This version also gets illuminated scuff plats along with puddle lamps that can project the brand's logo. Adding to this, we can find faux wood inserts in some parts of the cockpit. Besides these, no other changes have been done to the sedan. Its cabin is in an eye-soothing beige and black color scheme complimented by extensive chrome inserts. It also has a stylish instrument cluster that looks completely different from others. It houses digital tachometer, multi-tripmeter, low fuel warning light, speedometer, door ajar warning, digital clock and many other notifications for keeping the driver updated. It is incorporated with well cushioned seats, which are integrated with adjustable head restraints. The seats of JS and GL variants are covered with fabric upholstery, while the top end trims get premium leather seats. The driver seat has 8-way electrically adjustable function along with a lumbar support. The internal cabin has a lot of chrome inserts, especially on the central console, steering wheel, gear knob and on door handles, which gives the cabin an elegant appearance. It is blessed with quite a few sophisticated features like a front personal lamp with storage, electric power steering, ECO drive indicator, reading lamps and rear sunshade.
All the variants in this sedan series have been equipped with a set of innovative comfort features that makes the passengers comfortable all through their journey. It has an advanced in-dash 5.8-inch touchscreen audio display with DVD player, which also has USB port and Aux-in socket along with four speakers in the base variant and six speakers in other trims. The top end (VL) trim gets 7.0-inch touchscreen display with navigation system. The base variant is equipped with a manual HVAC unit, while other variants get an automatic air conditioner that cools the cabin quickly. The AC vents are in rectangular shape and placed at both end of the dashboard for better air circulation. The cruise control function is available in high end trim only. The company has also given this variant a number of storage aspects like front personal lamp with storage, rear center armrest with cup holder, door map pockets, front seat back pockets and a large glove box. It also has a couple of 12V power socket in center console for charging mobiles and other electronic devices. The multi-functional steering wheel is mounted with audio, cruise and call control buttons. The tilt and telescopic adjustable steering wheel makes handling quite comfortable. Apart from these, it comes incorporated with all four power windows with driver side auto down function, driver's seat height adjuster, anti-glare interior rear view mirror, remote fuel lid and tailgate opener, power adjustable external rear view mirrors, cigarette lighter, sunglass holder, rear defogger, central locking system and keyless entry.
This model series has a huge cabin with improved leg shoulder and head space. The car maker has increased the wheelbase by 100mm to a total of 2700mm now, which has created ample leg space in the cabin. It has a spacious boot compartment, which can be increased by folding rear seat.
Acceleration & Pick-Up
Ed's Take: The Corolla Altis petrol has good acceleration, while one has to put in efforts to extract maximum power from the diesel. It could have been better on the diesel, especially when the competition is offering powerful diesels.
Its petrol variants with a six speed manual transmission gear box can zoom towards a top speed of 190 Kmph and can break the 100 Kmph speed mark in the range of 9 to 10.42 seconds from a standstill. Its automatic variants also have the same top speed, but the pickup figure ranges between 11 to 13 seconds. As for the diesel versions, their top speed ranges between 160 to 170 Kmph and the pickup from 0 to 100 Kmph speed mark can be achieved in 13 to 14 seconds.
Engine and Performance
Ed's Take: The performance of the Corolla Altis is good. Not the best in class, but definitely very smooth and refined mills that perform well.
The petrol variants are equipped with a powerful 1.8-litre power plant that is based on a dual VVT-i technology. It is integrated with 4-cylinders and 16-valves using DOHC based valve configuration. It has the ability to displace 1798cc and can churn out a peak power output of 138.08bhp at 6400rpm in combination with a maximum torque of 173Nm at 4000rpm. The petrol motor is cleverly mated with both 6-speed manual and 7-speed super CVT-i sequential shiftmatic transmission gearbox, which sends the engine power to its front wheels. The diesel trim is powered by a sophisticated 1.4-litre D-4D engine, which comes with a displacement capacity of 1364cc. It is incorporated with a turbocharger and an intercooler, which improves its durability. It can generate 87.2bhp of power at 3800rpm that results in a peak torque output of 205Nm between 1800 to 2800rpm. The company has skilfully coupled this diesel mill with a 6-speed manual transmission gearbox.
Ed's Take: The Toyota Corolla Altis is known for its high fuel efficiency, not only on the diesel but even on the petrol. This has been the character of the Corolla and it gets carried forward on the new Altis also.
The petrol trims draw power from a 1798cc engine that has an EFI (electronic fuel injection) supply system. This enables the motor to deliver a mileage ranging from 9.5 Kmpl to 14.53 Kmpl. However, this drive-train with automatic gearbox can generate a maximum mileage of 13.5 Kmpl. Its other oil-burner is an 1364cc mill integrated with a common rail direct injection system. This power train can give away a maximum mileage of 21.43 Kmpl.
Power of Toyota Corolla Altis
Ed's Take: The Corolla Altis has good power on offer, especially the petrol as it is highly fuel-efficient too, despite being a 1.8-litre. The diesel doesn’t get an auto.
The 1.8-litre petrol drive-train can generate a maximum power of 138.08bhp in combination with 173Nm of commanding torque output. While the 1.4-litre D-4D motor houses a turbocharging unit within. This motor is capable of producing 87.1bhp that results in a peak torque of 205Nm.
Stereo & Accessories
Ed's Take: The Corolla Altis has been loaded with all the must have features by Toyota. Hence, it fulfills the needs of the buyer with touchscreen infotainment.
The newly launched Limited Edition trims also have the touchscreen infotainment system, but they are incorporated with a Smartphone enabled navigation system along with gesture controls for more convenience. As for the other versions, they have an advanced infotainment system that supports CD/MP3 player, radio and provides connectivity for Aux-in port and USB sockets. It also supports Bluetooth connectivity, which allows the users to pair their phones and enables call function. The base variant has a 5.8-inch LCD touchscreen display, while other trim gets a 7.1-inch touchscreen audio system that features a navigation system as well. The top end variants are also bestowed with a rear view camera along with reverse parking sensors that provides excellent assistance to the driver while parking. The base variant lacks many features, but buyers can customize it with exciting aspects like vibrant seat covers, premium quality upholstery, floor mats, rear parking camera, navigation system, mud guard covers, body graphics and alloy wheels.
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Braking & Handling
Ed's Take: The handling characteristics of the Corolla Altis is good and even the ride is composed and smooth.
The automaker has equipped this latest version with an efficient braking mechanism. The front wheels are fitted with a set of ventilated disc brakes, while the rear ones are paired with a set of conventional disc brakes. It is further assisted by anti lock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution system. This sedan is further equipped with electronic stability program that reinforces its stability. When it comes to suspension system, it is quite efficient and helps in keeping the vehicle well balanced. The front axle is affixed with a McPherson strut and the rear one is assembled with a torsion beam. This mechanism enables it to deal with all the jerks caused on roads and offers a comfortable driving experience. It is incorporated with a highly responsive power assisted steering system that has tilt and telescopic adjustment function that helps in smoother handling, while supporting the minimum turning radius of 5.4 meters.
Safety & Security
Ed's Take: The safety features on the Corolla Altis are ABS with EBD and even airbags.
This model series is loaded with a large number of safety aspects in order to ensure maximum protection to its occupants. There are dual stage front airbags available for driver and co-passenger, which safeguards them in case of any accident. It comes with anti-lock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution, which futher enhances the braking mechanism and prevents the vehicle from skidding. Its electronic engine immobilizer system avoids unauthorized entry into the vehicle. In addition to these, it has a central locking system, high mount third brake light, door ajar warning lamp and driver seat belt notification.
The car maker is offering the top end variant of model series with a set of stylish 16 inch multi spoke alloy wheels These rims are covered with 205/55 R16 sized tubeless radial tyres. The J and JS trims have been equipped with a set of 15 inch steel wheels affixed with full wheel caps. While the remaining variants have alloy wheels of same size. They are wrapped with tubeless radial tyres of size 195/65 R15, which provides excellent grip on roads.
1. Increased wheel base has improved the cabin space.
2. Comfort features are at par with other competitors.
3. Luxurious interior design is a big plus.
4. Performance of the petrol engine is excellent.
5. Sleek and lustrous body line adds to its advantage.
1. Fuel economy of both petrol and diesel engines need to improve.
2. There is still scope for a few more features to be added.
3. No updates given to any engine.
4. Ground clearance is too low.
5. Price tag is not so competitive.
Toyota Corolla Altis price
|1.4 DG |
|17.36 Lakh ||17.58 Lakh ||17.44 Lakh ||17.66 Lakh ||17.44 Lakh ||17.56 Lakh ||17.89 Lakh
|1.4 DGL |
|19.05 Lakh ||19.27 Lakh ||19.13 Lakh ||19.35 Lakh ||19.13 Lakh ||19.26 Lakh ||19.58 Lakh
|1.8 G |
|15.88 Lakh ||16.09 Lakh ||15.96 Lakh ||16.17 Lakh ||15.96 Lakh ||16.08 Lakh ||16.41 Lakh
|1.8 G CVT |
|17.52 Lakh ||17.74 Lakh ||17.61 Lakh ||17.82 Lakh ||17.61 Lakh ||17.73 Lakh ||18.06 Lakh
|1.8 GL |
|18.3 Lakh ||18.52 Lakh ||18.39 Lakh ||18.6 Lakh ||18.39 Lakh ||18.51 Lakh ||18.84 Lakh
|1.8 VL CVT |
|19.92 Lakh ||20.13 Lakh ||20.0 Lakh ||20.21 Lakh ||20.0 Lakh ||20.12 Lakh ||20.45 Lakh