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Car Review - Toyota Corolla Altis Hybrid 1.8 (A)
31 Jan 2020  |  Toyota Reviews
The new Toyota Corolla Altis Hybrid offers an appealing, accessible and practical option for those seeking a highly economical compact family sedan.
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   Consumer Reviews of Toyota Corolla Altis Hybrid
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OVERALL RATING
 
1 Reviewer
3 out of 5
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Comfort
4/5 Reliability
4/5
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Handling
3/5 Features
4/5
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Exterior Styling
4/5 Interior Design
3/5
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Value for money
2/5 Engine Performance
3/5
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Mervynwm
1st Gear
126 reviews
76 points
65 forum posts Joined on 15-Mar-2009
The Baby Camry, Altis in Hybrid mode.  Posted on 16 Feb 2020
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Overall Rating
 
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Comfort 4/5 Reliability 4/5
Handling 3/5 Features 4/5
Exterior Styling 4/5 Interior Design 3/5
Value for money 2/5 Engine Performance 3/5
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Review
Went to see this at Borneo showroom after catching a glimpse at Motor Show 2020. Skipped its other 1.6L petrol and tested this 1.8L Hybrid instead, as the SalesPerson mention is not much changes in engine for the petrol variant.

First looks, stylish exterior design which is close to its more "Atas" Sibling, Camry which is understood as baby Camry for this.

Inside the interior, still the plush comfortable Altis with much more gadgets than before like having BOTH auto headlights and rain sensors (finally) in Altis or in a typical Japanese make.

Comes with interactive dashboard, which some brands calls it Virtual Cockpit that can be of much informative to driver, only worried if our local weather is hot all year round that can "Tahan" The heat to last for many years to come.

PUSH START cant really hear anything as its hybrid and move off is a breeze with electronic brake cuts off once engage in Drive mode.

Cruising is breeze where you see the safety gadgets at work, PCA and LDA which is elaborated below. A good to have seen in Camry is the DCC where you engage it at 60km/h and anytime a car in front slows down, it slows too, compares to other makes is just a normal cruise control (non-dynamic or non-adaptive). Auto brake hold is also another good to have too.

Normal drive mode is seen as a smooth drive and pretty quiet but when you switch to Sport mode, the engine can be quite noisy when revved which could be due to poor insulation (cost cutting ?) in this generation of Altis.

Parking is easy with the necessary gadgets in place too as with higher CG, is unlikely to brush the rear bumper at the back.

Overall, for this 1.8L hybrid, if you do not mind its "Noise" When revved to overtake or general revving, its still a reliable to have as a Toyota.

Being Toyota, for its reliability on engine, except can feel its thinner in material but compensated with other safety gadgets and those good to haves in this variant, definitely can still consider should you look at Japanese makes.

Otherwise, this price tag can seem to be hefty when you look and compare with other sedan makes (year 2020 authorized dealers only between 1.4L to 1.6L) like Mazda 3 Astina Mild Hybrid 1.5L, Subaru Impreza 2.0L, Honda Civic 1.5L VTEC TURBO or even Skoda Octavia Ambition Plus 1.4L TURBO.

What I like
Have both auto headlights and rain sensors.
Informative display on dashboard (known commonly as virtual cockpit to some).
Rear aircon (first in mid sedan).
More spacious seats spaced out.
HUD.
Rear wishbone for smooth over uneven roads and stability.
Pre-collision alert
Lane departure assist
Auto high beam
Dynamic cruise control (or known as Adaptive to some).

What I do not like
Thinner body material.
Noisy when revved compared to earlier Altis, despite in Hybrid.
Price tag of S$ 115k (as at early Feb), have more choices than this.
No moon or sun roof as option.
Insulation seems depleted compared to earlier generations.

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Toyota Corolla Altis Hybrid
3 stars - based on 1 reviews