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07 Oct 2010 | Text and Photos by Julian Kho

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The Progressive Contender

It's hard to fault Toyota primarily because when you have sold over 37 million of something, you don't change the recipe, you just tweak it and make it even better.

That is exactly what Toyota has done. With more than 37 million units sold worldwide since its first introduction 44 years ago, Toyota has improved the Corolla Altis comprehensively and the latest one is no different.

It's not tough to notice that this growing lad is a popular car in Singapore. With Toyota's well-known strength for its spaciousness and dependability, families are more than happy to take a second glance at this sensible four-door sedan.

In all honesty, the refinement and reliability of the brand are the main reasons why we had to review the Corolla Altis without any delay. Although very minor changes have been done, the car looks amazing, inspired by its elder and much more expensive sibling, the Camry.

But can our progressive contender live past the shadows of the Camry this time round?


When you look at the latest generation of the Corolla Altis launched just recently in Singapore, you'd really begin to wonder what exactly has changed over the previous model except for the Altis post mortem - some liposuction here and some botox there.

The 'new' Corolla Altis has a similar silhouette as the old Corolla and viewed from behind a casual eye may even mistake it for the older model.

But a closer look will tell a different story. The rear fog lamps are now rectangular in shape while tail lights are completed with LED bulbs and a middle section with clear lenses. Up front, changes are similarly minor but distinctive.

Apart from the wider front grille, sharp-looking bulging headlamps have been slightly elongated, making the front fascia look akin to the bigger Camry. However, nothing much has changed on the Altis's side profile as side repeaters are still featured on its wing mirrors.

As a result, the profile is now wider as well as lower resulting in greater stability and confident stance. Distinctive character lines with delicate sweeping curves and rounded edges further enhance the impression of breadth especially from the rear.

While these changes may not be significant, they certainly give the well-grown car a more elegant feel, along with its subtle hints of greater stability and confident outlook.

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Car Information


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Engine Type


4-cylinders in-line 16-valves DOHC Dual VVT-i

Engine Cap





122 bhp



145 Nm



4-speed (A)

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)



Top Speed



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Premium UserThecarboy302     2-Oct-2013  |  19.28 pm
Hi editorial team,

Any news as to when we can be expecting the 11th generation Corolla to arrive in local shores? Europe and US has started sales and production of the new model, our model shouldn'... Read more

SGCM_editorial     3-Oct-2013  |  00.01 am
Hi Thecarboy302,

We share your enthusiasm for the new Corolla

We believe there isn't a fixed date yet, but be assured that once we know you'll...Stay tuned

Rdyeo     30-Oct-2010  |  13.18 pm
BM: Why did you make us wait 3 years to put the Dual VVT-i in the Altis? This better engine was available way back in 2007. You make a lot of disappointed motorists switch to other brands, me included... Read more

Tanyachua88     10-Oct-2010  |  01.46 am
I have to agree. But as compared to the previous model, the power and torque feels better than compared to the paper specs. Moreover, I've seen the car close-up and the small changes on the exterior i... Read more

TRD     9-Oct-2010  |  18.21 pm
it did not change much from the pervious model :(

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