It’s the world’s No.1 sedan and it was launched in India by
the end of May 2014. Yes, the 11th generation Toyota Corolla Altis comes with
several refreshing changes and it drives even better and offers not only cabin
comfort but also more room and improved ride quality.
We drove the car, both in its diesel as well as petrol
avatars in the tech city of Bengaluru in Karnataka. Though no changes have been
made in the engine and transmissions, the car now offers a whole host of new
and improved features. The 1800cc petrol
version even offers an automatic in the form of a Super CVT-i with 7 speed
transmission and paddle shift. The Altis now comes with improved rear seat
space and also improved NV value.
Both the rear as well as the front of the vehicle has
undergone subtle design changes. As for
the interior, the rear seats come with reclining seats, rear reading lamp and
cup holder illumination. The wheel base of the vehicle has been increased
marginally by 100mm resulting in more cabin space and an extra 35 litres of
The top end variants of the car boast of dual front SRS
airbags. The car offers ABS with EBD and brake assist.
The petrol version comes in both a 6 speed manual option as
well as a super cvt-i with 7 speed sequential shiftmatic transmission. Variants
in petrol include 1.8 JS, 1.8G and 1.8V. The diesel car has a D-4D diesel
engine with a displacement of 1364cc. While the diesel showed symptoms of a
turbo lag which disappeared when one accelerated and moved on the higher gears,
the petrol is a rocket on four wheels. Extremely responsive and fast paced, the
Corolla Altis petrol has a great suspension with excellent ride quality and
While the Toyota Altis diesel is the ideal vehicle as a
chauffeur driven vehicle, the petrol is the one that you need to buy for
yourself if you love driving. The automatic gives immense pleasure when one
drives using the paddle shifts fitted on the steering. Amazingly responsive,
the car simply flies, the moment you step on the accelerator.
Toyota is known for its reliability and with the Corolla
Altis you have reliability plus premium-ness.
Toyota has not compromised on safety with this car. All the variants
whether it is petrol or diesel, have airbags for driver and passengers plus
features like ABS, EBD and brake assist. In-dash touch screen audio with
Bluetooth and SD card are available too in all variants except the cheapest
diesel variant. The top ends of both petrol and diesel have an 8 way power
All in all, the car is very premium and delivers an
extremely smooth ride.
2014 TOYOTA COROLLA ALTIS (DIESEL)
1364cc D-4D diesel engine with variable nozzle turbo and intercooler
Brake: Front/ Rear
Tyres: Front/ Rear
McPherson Strut /Torsion beam
Ventilated Disc /Solid Disc
195/65 R15 tubeless radials
2014 TOYOTA COROLLA ALTIS (PETROL)
1798cc 2ZR-FE, Gasoline, 4 cylinder, 16 valve, DOHC, Dual VVT-i
6-speed manual/super CVT-I with 7 speed sequential shiftmatic
Fuel Tank Capacity
195/65 R15 Tubeless radials
lakh to Rs 16.89 lakh
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