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Toyota Corolla Ascent Sport Special Edition Announced

Posted by on Jul 19, 2010 | Leave a Comment

Last week, Toyota Corolla was announced a special edition called the Corolla Ascent Sport in Australia market, priced from $22,500 – that’s $510 more than the regular Corolla Ascent hatch, limited to 1500 hatchback units by continuing its run of limited edition models.

Toyota Corolla is an enormous seller in Australia. The new Corolla special edition is offered as a hatchback only, with the choice of manual or automatic transmission. Toyota Corolla is quite a large car in its latest format and can seat four adults in comfort, with good legroom and headroom for all. The rear floor is virtually flat all the way across so foot room is much better than average for the occupant, preferably a child, sitting in the centre-rear seat.

The limited edition model boasts $1600 worth of additional features like 16-inch ‘blade‘ alloy wheels, front and rear spoilers, front foglamps, a monochromatic LCD display, amber backlighting, joystick controller, single CD player, Bluetooth hands-free and audio streaming, and USB and 3.5mm aux connectivity, plus the obligatory ‘Sport’ badging based on the entry-level Corolla Ascent. Exterior color availability has been increased to eight colors with the addition of Tidal Blue, which was exclusive to Levin SX and ZR.

Toyota Corolla has handling that is positive, with good turn in and only moderate under steer unless you push it hard. There’s good feedback through the steering wheel and all but the most enthusiastic of drivers will appreciate the way the compromise between ride and handling has been reached. Bad bumps can catch the Corolla out from time to time but on the whole it’s capable of handling even harsh country roads.

The Toyota’s body has the frozen feel that’s roughly European in the approach it handles rough surfaces with nary the cheep or the clap. This promises even more long-term continuance than we have become in the habit of to in the Corolla for most years right away. The Corolla is a generously equipped small car and the ‘Sport’ Special Edition hatchback is a good buy with its handy 1.8-litre, 100kW/175Nm powerplant and a choice of six-speed manual or four-speed automatic, plus standard traction control and stability control.

Fuel economy is a claimed 7.3 l/100km for the four-speed automatic. With just one country jaunt and a week spent in city traffic, the test car returned 8.4 l/100km which sits well given the Corolla’s 9.4 l/100km official city consumption figure.Cruise control, sports steering wheel and gear shift and a 12v accessory power socket round out the interior features. An optional safety pack can be added for a further $500, which adds two side curtain-shield airbags and a driver’s knee airbag to the existing driver and front-passenger airbags and front-seat airbags.

Snaps of 2010 Toyota Corolla Ascent ‘Sport’ Special Edition:


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