Toyota Corolla (2002–2007)

Model History

January 2002

Toyota Corolla launched

As well as a three-door hatchback, a five-door hatchback, a saloon, and an estate, in line with the Yaris and Avensis, there is an MPV called the Corolla Verso and, like the Yaris, there is a high performance 189bhp T Sport. Three and five-door hatchback models built in the UK at Burnaston, Derbyshire.

Engine choice includes two 2.0-litre common-rail belt cam diesel engines (89bhp and 109bhp), and a selection of three VVT-i (Variable Valve Timingintelligent) petrol engines, ranging from a 95bhp 1.4 through a 108bhp 1.6 and a 139bhp 1.8-litre version, all chain-cam. At the top of the range, the 189bhp 1.8 T Sport features VSC (Vehicle Stability Control), Brake Assist and the same 1.8-litre VVTL-i (Variable Valve Timing and Liftintelligent) high performance engine used in the Celica T Sport, linked to a 6-speed gearbox. Prices from £10,795 for the T2 3-door 1.4 hatch to £16,995 for the T Spirit 1.8 Verso auto.

2.0 109bhp D-4D Spirit 5-dr emits 154g/km, VED band B (£130), combined consumption 48.7mpg, price £15,995. 2.0 89bhp D-4D T3Verso emits 164g/km, VED band B (£130), combined consumption 47.8mpg, price £15,495. 189bhp T Sport 6-speed does 140mph, gets to 60mph in 8.2 seconds, emits 198g/km CO2, VED band D (£155), combined consumption 34.mpg, price £15,495. All models have electric power steering.

A useful cross the range extra is 'City Collection' which consists of parking sensors and bumper corner protectors at £285.95. Another useful extra is Toyota's Traffic Avoidance System which combines satellite navigation with electronic traffic avoidance, alerting the driver to congestion on his or her route and feeding them around it.

January 2003

Price of 1.4 T2 3-dr cut to £9,995 and of 1.6 T2 Verso to £11,995.

May 2003

Euro IV emission 114bhp D-4D replaced 109bhp D-4D. New engine gives 50.4mpg and puts out 149g/km.

July 2004

Corolla facelift introduced

Air conditioning and Optitron dashboard display now standard on all Corollas and option of Euro IV compliant 89bhp 1.4 D-4D which is also offered with MMT tansmission. 1.4 D-4D does 0-60mph in 13 seconds, has top speed of 112mph, combined 58.9mpg and CO2 output 125g/km.

November 2005

Corolla Compressor replaces Corolla 190. Has supercharged 1.8-litre VVTL-i engine develops 215bhp (217 DIN hp) and 215Nm of torque. 0-60mph in 6.6 seconds, top speed 143mph. Lowered suspension with sports springs. Sports body styling with roof spoiler and rear skirt. UK right-hand drive production limited to 250 examples, on sale from November 2005, price £19,995 on the road.

What does a Toyota Corolla (2002 – 2007) cost?

List Price from £24,140
Buy new from £19,810
Contract hire from £221.60 per month