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Corolla Hybrid: 1.8 vs 2.0?

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On 8/13/2019 at 10:48 PM, JoaoM said:

Mine has 17". I know that in some markets they come with 18" on almost all trim levels. Here in Portugal we have them only on the top "luxury" trim level. The 2.0 that I test drove was that version and honestly, I prefer the 17" in all aspects: looks (that's highly subjective), ride comfort and tyre cost. Handling differences are very small, if any, at least with most of people driving style (Ott Tanak may disagree 😁).

And makes the car 14mm lower 😎

Got to test the 2.0 with 18’s today and was impressed with how it performed. Has enough power when you need it and I was very impressed with the ride. I didn’t notice any difference in the ride and how it handled bumps compared to the 17’s, both brilliant compared to Mazda 3 and civic I tested. 

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Made my first big journey with the car. 335km to some holidays in the south beaches. Boot fully loaded, the dog but only two adults. Made a total 5.9l/100km on the board computer. The road was 95% highway, adaptative cruise control on 130km/h to keep out of police speed control. And when needed to overtake any car, just had to squeeze the pedal a little more. Great feel, very comfortable, really enjoyed.

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I just tried one in the showroom for the first time. Banged my head getting in. I shall keep my Avensis estate for a bit longer, I think.

 

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3 hours ago, BernieN said:

I just tried one in the showroom for the first time. Banged my head getting in. I shall keep my Avensis estate for a bit longer, I think.

 

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🤔Until?

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I don't know. I really like the Avenis, but it's 2011 - though as I don't have to commute any more it's only done 47000 miles or so.  It's a very good, easy to drive, comfortable, spacious car, and I don't have a huge reason to change. I just went to look at it's sort of replacement and had to fight to get in. And I'm not Clarkson size.

 

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The Avensis was replaced by three models - the Corolla saloon/Touring Sports, the Prius and the Camry.

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1 hour ago, BernieN said:

I don't know. I really like the Avenis, but it's 2011 - though as I don't have to commute any more it's only done 47000 miles or so.  It's a very good, easy to drive, comfortable, spacious car, and I don't have a huge reason to change. I just went to look at it's sort of replacement and had to fight to get in. And I'm not Clarkson size.

 

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Coming from a much larger Verso, I've also bumped with my head and still getting used to the new car dimensions. I'm just 1.73m tall but there's lots of room above my head when I'm seated. I guess it's just a question of habit.

A 2011 Avensis with just 47k miles is almost new. No real reason to change. An interesting thing is that the Corolla Touring Sports wheelbase is the same as the Avensis SW: 2700mm.

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Yeah, the Hybrid models are a bit low to the ground presumably to improve aerodynamics. If I was twenty years older I'm not sure that I'd be wanting to climb in and out of it. The other problem I nearly ran into was the 'grab handle' above the driver's side door. With higher seat positions it's perfectly placed for the driver to bang their head on it while driving. Thankfully the seat position I eventually settled on means I avoid it.

But the manual actually states that it's not a grab handle and shouldn't be used to get in and out of the car. In which case I'd have to ask - why the *bleep* is it even there? What purpose is it supposed to serve if you shouldn't be using it to pull yourself out of the seat?

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You have to wonder how all the endless tests went - "I've banged my head" "Sorry sir, you got in wrong" "I don't have that on my current car" "It's progress" . 

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All new models from all manufacturers have lowered roof lines and it’s not because of the aerodynamics, but of the latest trends where all cars now including the hybrids must have sport looking appearance, just to keep inline with the competition or to push you buy larger more expensive cars., or they just leave some gap that will be filled with a new Verso models coming in near future, perhaps something like the new VW iD3. 

 Auris first gen has so much space in and leg room that you can easily call it a family hatch but the new Corolla.,  not at all, unless is a saloon or estate, the hatchback looks exactly like the 3 door Astra . 

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A good reason then to keep my Avensis estate, or walk round a few rival dealers.

 

"I banged my head!"

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    1. 1. If you were to consider buying a Hybrid model over 5 years old, would you be worried about the reliability of the Hybrid system?


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