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Toyota Corolla Altis 1.6 LX Review

Story by Azfar Hashim, Hazrin Mohamad and Jarvis Seo. Pictures by Azfar Hashim.
10 Apr 2008

Toyota lost an important market share in the highly saturated sedan market to Honda. Will the new Altis (with Orlando Bloom) help Toyota in gaining back their market lead? The folks at give their own personal take for this "new star" in the arena


You’d have to go a long way to find anyone that finds the outgoing Toyota Corolla Altis either dated or anything other than smart. But here’s the new one – and it’s more modern and smarter…By much.

The old Altis amounted to a significant amount of Toyota’s sales volume here, so there’s actually nothing wrong with the formula. And it struck a well-harmonised chord – it looked good you wanted it, and you could find a stack of sensible reasons as to why you needed it.

Needless to say, Toyota ensures us that the new Altis will be much better than the old. More space, improved fuel economy and better performance – the key criteria sedan-buying persons look for when shopping for that suitable car.

Can it deliver what it promises?

Azfar, Jarvis and our new contributor, Hazrin, got a go with the car. How do they find the car? Does the Altis live up to their expectation? And more importantly, can it get back its throne?


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Everything was done in a short time. Dealer contacted me in no time, fuss free transaction indeed!

Azhar - 18 hours ago

Justin had followed up with me closely on the transaction. I gotten a patient dealer who explained to me on the condition of my car despite some wear and tear problems.

Firdous Begam - 18 hours ago

Fast and efficient platform as compared to the others.

KOH WEN DEE - 1 day ago

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Chong Mei Foong - 1 day ago

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Doreen Wee - 5 days ago

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KOH SOK HONG - 5 days ago

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Chew - 1 week ago


Engine Capacity 1598cc
Engine Type Inline 4
Power 109bhp @ 6000rpm
Torque 145Nm @ 4400rpm
Power to Weight 86.9 bhp per ton


Acceleration 11.8s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 175 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 12.8 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 4 -speed Auto
Drive Type FF


Body Type Sedan
(L x W x H)
(4540 x 1760 x 1465) mm
Wheelbase 2600 mm
Turning Circle 5.3 metres
Kerb Weight 1255 kg
Boot Capacity 475 L
Fuel Tank Capacity 55 L


Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs