With a new body, platform, wheelbase, engine, and invariably non-static transmission, a 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback (formerly a Corolla iM) is a really opposite savage than a predecessor. This was done extravagantly transparent during a new exam drive. Gone is a uncanny seating position, a plain interior, and a so-so ride.
Just as important, a iM’s muted energy total give approach to decent specs for a automobile of a class. It seems Toyota indeed listened to owners complaints, boosting a vehicle’s outlay by 31 horsepower and 25 lb-ft while adding a earthy launch rigging to a new CVT, all in a hopes of wringing a small fun out of a compress liftback.
Here’s what removing into a Corolla Hatch costs:
For a bottom SE, that shares a aloft trim’s Dynamic-Force 2.0-liter four-cylinder, pricing starts during $19,990, and $920 for doing and delivery. That brings a bottom indication to $20,910, or $1,165 some-more than a “base” 2018 Corolla iM. (The single-trim iM comes in dual flavors: hang or CVT).
For that price, buyers land a six-speed primer smoothness and a healthy list of customary goodies. Included in all trims is an 8-inch touchscreen and Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 â€” a full apartment of motorist support facilities that includes a pre-collision complement with walking detection, as good as energetic radar journey control. (Stick change models don’t see a full-speed chronicle of that perk.)
Moving adult to an SE with CVT adds another $2,100 to a sticker, though you’ll be rewarded during a pumps. Featuring a broader ratio operation and 10 unnatural change points, a CVT ups a estimated fuel economy to 32 mpg city, 42 highway, and 36 combined. The prior CVT-equipped iM managed 28/36/31. Sticking with a three-pedal blueprint sees fuel economy grow 1 mpg in a city and total cycles and 2 mpg on a highway, compared to a six-speed iM. Estimated MPGs are 26/37/31.
If incomparable wheels and coming upgrades are a must, a six-speed XSE retails for $24,910 after delivery, or $25,010 for a CVT variant. While a EPA hasn’t accurate a fuel economy total only yet, Toyota predicts a sincerely poignant MPG detriment for a top-trim CVT model. The automaker pegs a XSE CVT during 30 city/38 highway/33 combined. (Figures for a XSE primer aren’t available.)
There’s still ways to hurl some-more money in Toyota’s direction, should we choose. Each trim carries a tech package. For SE models, blind mark monitoring, an upgraded Entune 3.0 audio complement with app suite, and Toyota Connected Services fetches $1,400. For a XSE, $1,600 brings a same connected services, an eight-speaker, 800-Watt audio system, wireless phone charging, and navigation.
The 2019 Corolla Hatchback rolls into dealers this summer.[Images: Steph Willems/TTAC]