First launched in 2019, the Toyota Corolla Hatch ushered in a new chapter for Corolla, one where arresting good looks, a dynamic drive and unrivalled refinement featured in the key notes. In March 2020, 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 and now we are pleased to announce further product enhancements in line with market requests.

Pumped-up Kicks

The ‘street appeal’ of the Corolla Hatch Xr has ‘leveled up’ with the addition of stylish, directional 18-inch alloy wheels. These promote an even sportier stance and elevate the visual drama. Shod with 225/40/R18 tyres, the handling credentials of the acclaimed TNGA-platform are further bolstered, offering a sublime blend of ride quality and road holding. 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.

Integrated Infotainment

This product update also includes the fitment of a new-generation infotainment system across the board – incorporating Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. This allows users to mirror applications off their mobile phone for seamless connectivity – while providing enhanced telephony and messaging interfaces ‘on-the-fly’.

Navigation applications such as Google Maps and Waze are natively included and occupants can also access their music libraries and streaming accounts via apps like Apple Music, JOOX, Spotify and SoundCloud. Wireless telephony is supported via Bluetooth with a USB input for additional media options.

Toyota Safety Sense Additions

As mentioned, 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.

Colour Palette

The Corolla Hatch is available in both monotone and striking bi-tone configurations. Graphite Grey and Caribbean Blue have been added to the monotone list while a new iridescent Red (Fierce Red) replaces Scarlet metallic.

Four bi-tone colours are on offer; Satin Silver, Fierce Red, Caribbean Blue and newly added Platinum White Pearl – all combined with a black-metallic roof for maximum visual impact.

Specification & Safety

The standard specification level for the Xs-grade is generous with comfort and convenience 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 aforementioned 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 airbags. Vehicle Stability Control is standard with the full suite of electronic aids present (ABS, EBD, Brake Assist). ISOFIX attachment points are also supplied.

Power & Performance

All variants are powered by the 1.2-litre turbocharged 8NR-FTS engine, producing 85kW and 185Nm. Linear power delivery and a broad torque curve are hallmarks of this engine – while offering superb refinement. Fuel consumption checks in at 6.3 l/100 km for manual transmission models and 6.4 for the CVT equipped versions. CO2 emissions are 146 and 149 g/km respectively.

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

Warranty & Maintenance

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. Customers can purchase an additional service plan and warranty extensions from their local Toyota dealer – and they benefit from the biggest dealer network in the country (over 220).