Spec upgrade for Toyota Corolla hatch

Toyota Corolla hatch receives specification upgrade to safety and infotainment systems

Reuben Van Niekerk

When it was launched in 2019 the Toyota Corolla hatch ushered in a new chapter for Corolla, where good looks, a dynamic drive and unrivalled refinement were paramount.


In March this year, The Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) active safety suite was added to the flagship Xr model as part of Toyota’s continued TSS roll-out strategy and now the models have been further enhanced in line with market requests.


Street appeal of the Corolla Hatch Xr has been boosted with the addition of stylish, directional 18-inch alloy wheels fitted with 225/40/R18 tyres. Xs models retain their 16-inch alloy wheels, 205/55/R16 tyres and a full-size spare wheel.


The update also includes the fitment of a new-generation infotainment system for all models featuring Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.


Safety improvements

The Xr model is equipped with the Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) system comprising a whole suite of safety systems including Blind Spot Monitoring. This has been expanded for 2020, with the addition of Rear Cross Traffic Alert which provides audible warnings to the driver in an alley-docking scenario where passing vehicles or obstacles may be out of visual range.


Added specification

The standard specification level for the Xs-grade is generous with comfort and convenience features such as LED lights with LED DRLs, Dual-Zone Climate Control, Smart Entry, Cruise Control, Power-operated heated exterior mirrors, colour multi-information display, reverse camera, one touch power windows and speed-sensitive door locking.


The Xr variant builds on this foundation and adds sport front seats in a Leather and Alcantara combination, power adjustable driver lumbar support and seat-heating function for driver and passenger. The aforementioned Blind Spot Monitoring coupled with Rear Cross Traffic Alert completes the Xr package.


An electronic parking brake with integrated Hill-Assist function is joined by driver, passenger, side, curtain and driver-knee airbags. Vehicle Stability Control is standard with the full suite of electronic aids including ABS, EBD and Brake Assist. ISOFIX attachment points are also included.


Power and performance

All variants are powered by a 1.2-litre turbocharged engine, producing 85kW and 185Nm. Linear power delivery and a broad torque curve are hallmarks of this engine, while offering superb refinement. A six-speed manual transmission or 10 speed Shiftmatic CVT driving the front wheels remain the two drivetrain options, depending on grade selected.