In this week’s WapCar Ratings, we’re analysing the 2020 Toyota Corolla Altis 1.8G to evaluate all aspects from driving performance to purchase and cost.
Driving Performance - 33/50 pts, fluid handling
|2020 Toyota Corolla Altis 1.8G - Facts and Figures|
|Engine||1.8L 4-cylinder NA|
|Power||139 PS @ 6,400 rpm|
|Torque||172 Nm @ 4,000 rpm|
|0-100 km/h||11.4 seconds|
|100-0 km/h||37.6 metres|
The 1.8-litre naturally aspirated engine may be aging now, but it’s refined and delivers acceptable performance for daily driving. The CVT is smooth in operation, with a decent response time upon throttle depression.
Steering has off-centre vagueness and its ratio is not as quick as in the Honda Civic, which means the Corolla doesn’t turn quite as sharply as the Civic.
However, the Corolla handles more fluidly than the Civic. Mid-corner bumps are skillfully tackled, resulting in an utterly composed chassis.
|2020 Toyota Corolla Altis 1.8G - Driving Performances Breakdown|
|Engine||Acceleration||2.5 / 5|
|In-gear Acceleration||2.5 / 5|
|Throttle Response||4 / 5|
|Transmission||Shift Logic||2 / 3|
|Smoothness||4 / 5|
|Sport/Manual Mode||3 / 3|
|Steering||Accuracy||1.5 / 3|
|Response||1 / 3|
|Weight & Feel||1.5 / 3|
|Braking||Distance||2.5 / 3|
|Feel||2 / 3|
|Handling||Chassis Balance||2.5 / 3|
|Grip||2 / 3|
|Load Reaction||2 / 3|
|Total||33 / 50 pts|
Ride Comfort - 41/50 pts, top-notch ride quality
Suspension is the supplest in its class. Lumps and bumps are soaked up with minimal disruptions in the cabin. Only the sharpest of edges and largest of potholes can send a jolt, otherwise it’s a gentle nudge.
Seats are nicely sculptured and supportive. There’s plenty of adjustments including lumbar to get comfortable.
|2020 Toyota Corolla Altis 1.8G - Noise Level|
|60 km/h||60 dB|
|90 km/h||65 dB|
|110 km/h||69 dB|
Mechanical noises are well suppressed, but tyre and wind noise do become intrusive at highway speeds. At 110 km/h, it averaged 69 dB, which is merely on par with the Toyota Vios.
|2020 Toyota Corolla Altis 1.8G - Ride Comfort Breakdown|
|Sound Proofing||7 / 10|
|Suspension||9 / 10|
|Passenger Comfort||9 / 10|
|Seat Support||4 / 5|
|Ergonomics||4 / 5|
|Engine Refinement||8 / 10|
|Total points||41 / 50 pts|
Quality and Features - 36/50 pts, ADAS works well on our roads
|2020 Toyota Corolla Altis 1.8G - Exterior Material Use|
|Front Fenders||Soundproofing Material||Yes|
|Doors||Front Windows||Single Glazed|
|Rear Windows||Single Glazed|
Panel gaps deviated by 1.0 mm between opposite sides of the boot, while the rest of the panels were either equal on both sides or differed by 0.5 mm. This indicates decent build quality. Paint thickness were consistently in the 90s of µm.
|2020 Toyota Corolla Altis 1.8G - Panel Gaps|
|Location||Driver Side||Passenger Side||Difference|
|Front to Rear Door||3.5||4.0||0.5|
|Rear Door to C-Pillar||4.0||4.0||0|
|2020 Toyota Corolla Altis 1.8G - Paint thickness (µm)|
|Location||Driver Side||Passenger Side|
|Average paint thickness: 95|
Interior build and material quality are par for the money, with soft plastics on the top part of the cabin and leather on the centre as well as the door armrest.
|2020 Toyota Corolla Altis 1.8G - Cabin Material Use|
|Dashboard||Upper Section||Soft Plastic|
|Lower Section||Hard Plastic|
|Front Doors||Upper Section||Soft Plastic|
|Lower Section||Hard Plastic|
The updated infotainment system – now supports Apple CarPlay/Android Auto – is responsive in operation, although the display isn’t the crispest and the black levels are a little low.
The range-topping 1.8G variant gets the full suite of Toyota Safety Sense. The adaptive cruise control works well on our roads and is smooth in operation in terms of braking, accelerating and steering.
One aspect lacking is the lack of keyless entry on the front passenger door, which the Honda Civic has.
|2020 Toyota Corolla Altis 1.8G - Quality & Features Breakdown|
|Exterior||Paint Finish||5 / 5|
|Panel Gaps||3 / 5|
|Interior||Build Quality||4 / 5|
|Materials Used||3 / 5|
|Features||Safety||8 / 10|
|ADAS||5 / 5|
|Luxury||2 / 5|
|Convenience||2 / 5|
|Infotainment||4 / 5|
|Total||36 / 50 pts|
Space and Practicality - 26.5/50 pts, lacks storage spaces
Storage spaces are lacking in the 2020 Toyota Corolla Altis. Apart from the usual glovebox and centre armrest storage, there’s a wireless charging tray and 2 cupholders. That’s it. The front door bins are average-sized at best and the rear door bins are more like shelfs.
|2020 Toyota Corolla Altis 1.8G - Interior Space Breakdown|
|Front Row||7 / 10|
|Middle/Back Row||6 / 10|
|Third Row||0 / 5|
|Boot Space||3 / 5|
|Practicality||2.5 / 5|
|Storage Space||2 / 5|
|Visibility||4 / 5|
|Storage Flexibility||2 / 5|
|Total||26.5 / 50 pts|
Fuel consumption - 15/20 pts, runner-up
After completing a 100 km journey broken down to 70% highway and 30% city driving, the amount of fuel required to fill brim the tank is 7.7 litres.
Which gives us an easy calculation of 7.7-litre/100 km. Strangely, the trip computer showed 8.5-litre/100 km. In comparison, the Mazda 3 2.0L returned 7.6-litre/100 km and the turbocharged Honda Civic achieved 7.9-itre/100 km.
|2020 Toyota Corolla Altis 1.8G - Fuel Consumption Test Breakdown|
|Fuel Consumption||11 / 15|
|Eco Mode||2 / 2|
|Indicator Accuracy||2 / 3|
|Total points||15 / 20 pts|
Purchase and Cost - 20/30 pts, decent value
The Thailand-imported 2020 Toyota Corolla Altis starts at RM 128,888 for the 1.8E variant and goes up to RM 139,888 for the 1.8G variant. In terms of value proposition, the Honda Civic still trumps with its more powerful engine and superior interior packaging.
Servicing cost over the span of 5 years/100,000 km is estimated at RM 4,405.
|2020 Toyota Corolla Altis 1.8G - Purchase & Cost|
|Purchase||Car Price||11 / 15|
|Warranty||4 / 5|
|Cost||Maintenance||3 / 5|
|Fuel Cost||3.5 / 5|
|Total||20 / 30 pts|
The 2020 Toyota Corolla Altis is the most comfortable car in its class, with its supple suspension and comfortable seats. More impressively, it does so without sacrificing handling competency.
But it isn’t particularly quick in a straight line, the cabin isn’t the most spacious and lacks storage spaces.
If your priority is comfort and straight-line performance does not appeal to you, then the 2020 Toyota Corolla Altis should be at the top of your list.