2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback XSE Review – Buyers on the market for something affordable and reliable clustered into the Toyota Corolla like fast food addicts flocking to Mcdonald’s hamburgers. Like the Golden Arches Patty, Corolla has made the name itself a basic and affordable option, which will help you through the day. But sometimes that burger needs a little more sauce – fortunately, the Corolla Hatchback offers all five doors fixin’.
2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback XSE Review
Replacing the previously branded Scion-branded Scion, and driving the new Global architecture of Toyota (or, TNGA), Corolla Hatchback is a more entertaining alternative than the four fundamental doors. And like a nice burger, this one deserves to wait.
Compact segments are filled with many affordable options. Entry-level Corolla Hatchback follows the same affordability – starting from $21,090. Even though it makes it a bit more expensive than the Mazda3 ($19,345) and Civic ($20,150) hatchback, the Corolla SE base redeems Additional costs thanks to the additional standard safety features and the standard 8.0-inch touch screen. The true value, however, is a high-end XSE model, tested here.
Toyota only asked $24,090 for his sporty XSE model, while Honda wanted the $28,750 for a comparable Civic Sport. Even with options such as continuous variable transmission ($741) and accessories such as carpet flooring ($299), the XSE $25,384 is still cutting the price of Civic Sport significantly.
Toyota Corolla Hatchback stands out. The XSE Model has some over-the-top boy-racer cues; Roof mounted wings, 10-finger wheels, gaping lattice, and angular lights are the main ones among them. But it’s still a really interesting vehicle, and not too on-your-face like any other (see you, Civic).
Corolla Hatchback has the best use of Toyota’s modern design language today. The bulging bootlid and roof-mounted spoiler accentuate the edgy back light and the concentrated black diffuser. The large honeycomb grid and the knife-shaped headlights form seamlessly into a black piano nosepiece that stands out from under the hood. This car looks good from any angle.
The exterior work of the fine bronze oxide paint is a nice finish too. This dampens a lot more dramatic cues that will appear more in the Corolla Hatchback painted in Blizzard Pearl (white) or Classic Silver. However, if you really want over-the-top, I recommend finishing Blue Flame Polestar-esque. It’s a much more interesting color.
Instead of the basic patterns and flat angles of 90 degrees, Toyota made a concerted effort to provide cabin style to the Corolla. The dashboard has a multi-level design made of black plastic and faux leather with simulated accent stitches, and air vents wrapped with a matte silver plastic trim. Kursi-kursinya is also stylish and fun. The car seat test finished in the leather lining and a funky two-color cloth that proved to be enjoyable during the Corolla stay.
The materials in the cabin are not upscale, but they are equivalent to class. Most of the faux leather is soft and hard plastic trim is not offensive, and has a unique look. The only drawback is the iPad-style infotainment screen that juts out from the dashboard. It’s the same basic layout that you’ll find in most of the vehicles lately. The free use of piano-black plastic around the screen does not help soften the punch, as it quickly becomes enclosed by fingerprints.
Give the Corolla Hatchback a gold star for space, because its attractive design does not produce a real sacrifice in the back leg room. At 37.6 inches, the best Corolla Corolla Hatchback (36.0 inches) and Mazda3 (35.8 inches).
Two screens greet you when you enter the cab (at least in the XSE trim): The seven-inch setup is on the instrument cluster, and the touch screen is eight inches across the dashboard. The first combines seamlessly with two groups of analog instruments, delivering readings for things like safety features, fuel economy, and music information.
The latter screens are less visually appealing, but the sound is ergonomic. The reading is clear, and the touch screen is responsive and quickly reacts to inputs. Apple CarPlay is optional, while Android Auto, strangely, is not available at all. Toyota may still deal with privacy issues.
Even without Android Auto, Corolla is rich with technology. Toyota Entune’s audio system comes standard. It’s easy to use and has plenty of entertainment options, even if the design and functionality feel outdated. Additional navigation fees; It is bundled into the Tech Pack – option $1,600 in XSE.
Corolla Hatchback is the first serious Corolla fun in memory recently. It doesn’t fit in with a hot hatchback like the Volkswagen GTI or Hyundai Veloster Turbo (it’s not yet fast enough to compete… yet), but the handsome hatch has some excellent performance cuts for vehicles with the mainstream aspirations.
The 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine produces 168 horsepower and a 151-pound-foot torque, placing it near the top of the class, defeating the Mazda3 and the Chevrolet Cruze. Only Civic is at the top of the Corolla – which generates 174 HP from 1.5 liters turbocharged. Continuous variable transmission in this test car is one of the best in the business. It significantly reduced engine drones — partly thanks to the first improved gear — and leverages the Corolla torque to make the hatch feel faster off-track.
More importantly, Corolla Hatchback is really capable of twists. Low Body roll and chassis are still arranged. Although the handle is not too rigid, it is set to provide a lot of feedback. Steering is very light in standard driving mode (a bit too light), but Sport mode tightens and enhances feedback.
Corolla Hatchback has a long list of standard safety features, especially Toyota Safety Sense 2.0. Settings now include automatic emergency braking, and shake alerts, low light pedestrian detection, cyclist detection, and improved lane-keep assistance.
Security systems are very proactive. The Corolla is cool as a cucumber with an active cruise control, and remains centered on the track at all times. It can even avoid some harder angles by itself.
EPA assessed the Corolla like our tester (XSE with CVT) at 30 miles per gallon in the city, 38 miles per gallon on the highway, and 33 combined. Meanwhile, low-level SE with the same CVT produces 32 cities, 42 highways, and 36 combined. Select the manual, and you’ll see the city that claimed 28 mpg, highways 37 mpg, and 31 combined. That’s a good number, but nothing is best in its class.
Honda Civic reaches up to 32 mpg in the city and 42 highways. Hyundai Elantra got the city of 32 mpg and 40 highways. Even the Corolla sedan got up to 40 mpg on the highway. Efficiency is a small price to pay for the additional dynamic prowess of Corolla Hatchback. But honestly, you won’t be able to distinguish much – it’s still efficient and has a 13.2 gallon tank, which is one of the largest in this segment.