Toyota Corolla Altis 1.8 Review
Safe bet

Story by Raymond Lai, pictures by Azfar Hashim
1 Sep 2008
 

In any car market in the world, there's always that one perennial favourite. It might be the Volkswagen Golf in Europe, but here in Singapore, it is the Toyota Corolla Altis that has been topping the overall sales charts for the past few years

Introduction

But why is the Altis such a popular commodity here? It is after all, arguably short of style on the outside. But live with one, and you’ll start to comprehend its wide array of talents and virtue – it does almost everything to suit almost all needs.

While most will go for the 1.6-litre entry level model, we must all remember that Toyota also offers a bigger engined, more powerful and better equipped 1.8-litre version for those who wants more out of Singapore’s numero uno car. So the big question here - is the dearer 1.8-litre model worth the extra over the popular 1.6-litre?


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Engine

Engine Capacity 1794cc
Engine Type Inline 4
Power 132bhp @ 6000rpm
Torque 170Nm @ 4200rpm
Power to Weight 103.9 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 10s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 185 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 13.0 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 4 -speed Auto
Drive Type FF

Measurements

Body Type Sedan
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(4540 x 1760 x 1465) mm
Wheelbase 2600 mm
Turning Circle 5.3 metres
Kerb Weight 1270 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 55 L

Brakes

Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs