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    Corolla Excel 1.8 hatchback
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  1. I rather like it. But beauty is always in the eye of the beholder 😉
  2. To be sure, right to emphasise that. Love the wording in Toyota Europe's press release: I had to look up 'homologation' https://www.motorbiscuit.com/homologation-car/ And All noted!
  3. Nice design tweaks in the new 2023 Corolla. Especially liking the revised front lighting look and of course the vastly improved infotainment system including new main screen and customisable combimetre. If Toyota has improved the system software including navigation that would be great. If Android Auto / Apple Carplay are built in, then that would be a real winner. (I had a 22-plate CH-R last week as the courtesy car while my Corolla was in to the dealer for its year 2 service. That had Toyota's latest software including navigation. Wow, serious improvements compared to what's in the current Corolla.) One more thing of note - blind spot monitoring at last! The juiced-up power output is welcome, too, although I've been quite happy with what my 1.8 can do. My current 2020 Excel HB reaches the keep-or-move-on point in June 2023. It's been a terrific car and I'm inclined to keep it for a few more years after that. But the improvements Toyota has announced for next year look awfully compelling to me. https://newsroom.toyota.eu/toyota-announces-the-new-2023-corolla/
  4. Adding my congrats to you, Nick. As others have noted, Toyota is spot on with hybrid cars. I bought my Corolla in the summer of 2020, enjoying it hugely since then!
  5. Agree, I am the same. Dealer relationship is worthwhile especially while the car is still under warranty.
  6. I'm the opposite - AC on all the time, temp set at 21C, all else on auto setting. Never suffered from condensation inside the car (except when I bought it in June 2020 when the AC was broken in the factory, so no AC at all for the first two months until that was fixed by the dealer under warranty; summer so no condensation anyway). This winter I've used the car less than before: once or twice a week for short local journeys, occasional long (2-4 hours) journeys once a month or so.
  7. 'Refreshment break' is a polite euphemism for having a pee so there was no cost involved. I didn't spend a penny 😄 As for people charging up their EVs and spending money while that happens, each to their own. I imagine many could make a great case that buying a coffee from Starbucks or Costa while their car is charging is perfectly justifiable from the cost saving in not buying fuel especially at the prices motorway services charge.
  8. Yesterday I drove into and out of central London for the first time this year. It's about a 60-mile trip each way for me on the A4 and M4. Much of the journey on the M4 between J12 at Theale and J3 before the services at Heston is under 50mph or 60mph speed limits due to the huge project to widen that whole stretch to 4 lanes. On my return journey late afternoon, I was part of the congested rush hour traffic flow that, pre pandemic, would normally see every lane nose to tail with vehicles travelling at 60mph, or faster if anyone got a chance. This is a moving landscape that needs serious attention to what everyone else is doing. I stopped at the westbound Heston services for a 'refreshment break' and then continued my journey. Nearly all of it was on the M4, so exclusively a motorway journey for over 30 of the 42 total miles for this part, with the traffic flow and speed ebbing and flowing throughout. I find adaptive cruise control not really ideal in these situations as the car tends to slow down/speed up in an over cautious manner in the former and with too much enthusiasm in the latter. In any case, given the extra attention needed on what others are doing, setting cruise control of any type isn't a good idea in my view. You need to be in control not the sensors. So I drove with caution, keeping to the low speed limit or lower depending on the traffic. A look through the metrics in the My T app for this journey showed my average speed at 47mph. That looks about right: actual speeds of 50mph or less for the journey between J3 at Heston and J8/9 at Maidenhead, and then 60mph or less from J8/9 to J12 at Theale. The screenshot shows fuel consumption of 68.2mpg, much better than I expected - I was thinking it might be in the low 60s, even high 50s. Perhaps that thinking is influenced by typical use on a motorway with generally higher travel speed with ACC in constant use, perhaps with some liberal acceleration here and there to get past bunches of slow traffic. It also shows that 39% of the journey was in EV mode, so using the battery. That's in line with my expectation. (Related: on my inbound journey earlier, driving in central London in very heavy and very slow stop/start traffic, EV use was 80% with mpg at 57.3 according to My T. A good scene-setter for pure EV in my future!) Either way, I find journey data like this really useful to understand better the capabilities of this hybrid car in tandem with my own driving behaviours and how I can improve it further. This isn't about mpg but overall behaviour. As a final note, the overall average info you see on your dashboard is also useful (for me, it's currently showing 62.2 mpg). But I find individual journey data even more useful. How do you see it all?
  9. Today I had my Corolla in the Toyota dealer for a winter health check. Among the things they checked was the tyres and in particular, tyre wear. The car still has the original Falken 225/40/18. I was pretty impressed to note from the inspection that, after almost 15,500 miles from new in June 2020, the two fronts have middle tread depths of 4.8mm each and the two rears 6.0mm each (and noting that the legal minimum is 1.6mm). The dealer told me the Falkens could potentially last for another 15K miles depending on how I drive. Even if it's less than that, 10K say, it means I'll be looking at end 2022 at the earliest for replacing the tyres due to wear. Might be worth rotating the wheels now. I'd been thinking about replacing them for reasons not to do with wear (perceptions about better grip, less noise) but I can't ignore the economics. Looks as though my thinking about switching out the tyres will go into the long grass for a while.
  10. Thanks for sharing your experiences with the Michelins. I'm considering replacing the Falkens on my 1.8 HB Excel well before they need to be replaced. My preference is for Goodyear F1 Eagles which I had on an Audi A4 SLine a few cars ago. Two sets over 5 years. Grip like glue. But you might have persuaded me on the Michelins for the Corolla. I can't quite tell from your photo, but do the Michelins have a rubber edge that extends out that would protect the wheels from damage if you scraped a kerb, say? That was a huge plus point on the Goodyears I had.
  11. I like the auto-dip functionality. I don't find LED lights on other cars too bright. I've yet to have anyone flash me or hoot if they think I'm dazzling them. I find the responsiveness of the bi-LEDs very good. Just my 0.02 😊
  12. I finally got around to updating the Toyota navigation software with the latest 2021 v2 update. I'd downloaded the 12-gig zip file last month, unzipped it to a USB drive, got the activation code and so ready to go. It took about 70 minutes as I expected. As I don't use the Toyota nav system, preferring Google Maps on Android Auto, I'd forgotten how painful using this can be. I couldn't remember any of the voice commands to set a journey. Trying to set one up via touch and typing really did bring home to me how awkward Toyota's system is. But I did use it on my drive this afternoon. First thing - on two stretches of the A4 between Marlborough and Newbury, the wrong speed limit was shown. The actual limit of 40mph has been that way for as long as I can remember. Then a good thing - a stretch of the A4 going east out of Newbury finally shows the correct speed limit in the Tayota nav, so they fixed that one. And I do like the guidance shown in the dashboard for which exit to take at roundabouts and junctions. But overall, it's nowhere near as good and easy to use as Google Maps on Android Auto where plain-English voice commands with rapid responses are the order of the day. Plus the maps are constantly being updated - none of the palaver and faffing about with downloading multi-gig zips and spending 70 minutes and more updating - and the live traffic info is second to none. So I'll stick with my preferred nav system and think of Toyota's as the backup when Google's doesn't work. Which does happen. But it's a bit better than a paper atlas that can never be up to date. For new Corollas that will have the brand new Toyota navigation system from MY2022 onwards, maybe that might offer a real challenge to Google and other third parties.
  13. To get an idea of what Toyota's new multimedia platform including the head unit looks and feels like and how to use Android Auto or Apple CarPlay with it wirelessly, take a look at this video posted to YouTube by Toyota USA. Note it's all about Toyotas in the US so some or none of this may apply here in the UK or elsewhere in Europe. And the vehicle in the video animation is a Tundra pickup for the US market not a Corolla even for that market. But I'd be surprised if this didn't illustrate the probability of what's possibly coming here in the next year or so.
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