Toyota Corolla (E210)

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Toyota Corolla (E210)
2018 Toyota Corolla (MZEA12R) Ascent Sport hatchback (2018-11-02) 01.jpg
2018 Toyota Corolla Ascent Sport hatchback (MZEA12R, Australia)
Also called
  • Toyota Auris (hatchback, Taiwan)
  • Toyota Levin (sedan, Sporty, China, GAC Toyota)[1]
  • June 2018 – present (hatchback)
  • January 2019 – present (sedan/wagon, international)[2][3]
  • September 2019 – present (sedan/wagon, Japan)
Model years
  • 2019–present (hatchback, North America)
  • 2020–present (sedan, North America)
DesignerYoshiki Konishi (2016)[4]
Body and chassis
ClassCompact car (C)
Body style
PlatformTNGA: GA-C[5]
RelatedToyota C-HR
  • 6-speed manual (EG60)
  • 7-speed simulated CVT automatic (K120)
  • 7/8-speed Super CVT-i automatic
  • eCVT (K120)
  • Sedan/wagon: 2,700 mm (106.3 in) (international); 2,640 mm (103.9 in) (Japanese market)[6][7]
  • Hatchback: 2,640 mm (103.9 in)
  • Sedan: 4,640 mm (182.7 in) (international); 4,495 mm (177.0 in) (Japanese market)[6][7]
  • Hatchback: 4,370 mm (172.0 in)
  • Wagon: 4,650 mm (183.1 in) (international); 4,495 mm (177.0 in) (Japanese market)[6][7]
  • Sedan: 1,780 mm (70.1 in) (international); 1,745 mm (68.7 in) (Japanese market)[6][7]
  • Hatchback: 1,790 mm (70 in)
  • Wagon: 1,790 mm (70 in); 1,745 mm (68.7 in) (Japanese market)[6][7]
  • Sedan: 1,435 mm (56.5 in)
  • Hatchback/wagon: 1,440–1,460 mm (56.7–57.5 in)
Kerb weight
  • Sedan: 1,310 kg (2,888 lb) (1.8L hybrid)
  • Hatchback: 1,240 kg (2,734 lb) (1.2T)
  • Hatchback: 1,295–1,510 kg (2,855–3,329 lb) (hybrids)
  • Wagon: 1,305 kg (2,877 lb) (1.2T)
  • Wagon: 1,300–1,560 kg (2,866–3,439 lb) (hybrids)

The Toyota Corolla (E210) is the twelfth generation of the Corolla. It is based on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform.

Body styles[edit]


Toyota Corolla GR Sport Hybrid hatchback (Europe)

The twelfth generation Corolla in hatchback body style was unveiled as a pre-production model in March 2018 at the Geneva Motor Show as the Auris.[8] The Auris nameplate was discontinued across Europe in January 2019,[9][10] but the nameplate has been used in Taiwan from September 2018. The Taiwanese Auris is propelled by the 2.0-litre petrol engine and CVT transmission. It is equipped with VSC, TRC, HAC, Head-Up-Display, Push Start and Smart Entry.[11]

For the Japanese Domestic Market (JDM), the hatchback is marketed as Corolla Sport and was sold alongside the smaller and older Corolla Axio sedan and Corolla Fielder station wagon. In other regions, it just simply called Corolla hatchback.

Depending on the countries, power for the Corolla hatchback comes from the choice of the 1.2-litre 8NR-FTS turbo petrol, 1.8-litre 2XR-FXE Hybrid petrol, 2.0-litre petrol M20A-FKS or 2.0-litre M20A-FXS Hybrid petrol.

Station wagon[edit]

2019 Toyota Corolla Touring Sports Icon Tech Hybrid (UK)

The station wagon or estate variation of the Corolla, called the Corolla Touring Sports, was unveiled at the 2018 Paris Motor Show.[12][9][10] The official images of the Corolla Touring Sports were revealed on 4 September 2018.

Based on the Touring Sports, the Corolla Trek Hybrid was displayed at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. This crossover-style concept comes with black plastic over fenders, front and rear lower bumpers' protectors, roof ornaments and slightly raised suspension.

The Corolla Touring Sports shares the same engine as the hatchback, but the 2.0-litre petrol engine is not offered. Manual transmission is only paired into the 1.2-litre engine, automatic CVT is for the Hybrid models. Model grades are vary across the countries.


The sedan variation of the Corolla was unveiled simultaneously between 15 and 16 November 2018 in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, United States and China at the 2018 Guangzhou International Motor Show. The model is sold in two versions: Prestige and Sporty.[13][14][15][16][17][18]

2019 Toyota Corolla Hybrid sedan (Europe)

The Prestige model is sold in China, Europe and other countries. The model uses a different front fascia, which is more similar to the XV70 Camry. The first Prestige model sedan rolled off the assembly line at Toyota's Sakarya plant in Turkey on 28 January 2019.[3] The Prestige model sedan was launched in Turkey on 13 February 2019 and sales began on the following day.

It has been available in certain European countries since March 2019. While there are several engine choices for the Hatchback and Touring Sports, the sole powertrain for the European Corolla sedan or saloon is 1.8-litre Hybrid matched to the CVT.

In Taiwan and Southeast Asia (except Malaysia), it is sold as the Corolla Altis.[19] It was launched in Taiwan on 27 March 2019,[20] in Thailand on 3 September 2019,[21] in the Philippines on 9 September 2019[22][23] and in Indonesia on 12 September 2019.[24][25]

2020 Toyota Corolla XSE sedan (Canada)

The Sporty model uses a similar front fascia to the hatchback and wagon versions. This version is sold in North America, Japan, China (as the Levin (Japanese: トヨタ・レビン, Toyota Rebin)) and other countries. The Chinese-spec model will get an onboard Data Communication Module, one of the features under the Toyota Connected suite, as standard which is also available on the Corolla Sport hatchback and Crown in the Japanese market.[26]

On 12 June 2019, it was announced that the Sporty model will be released in Japan on 17 September 2019. This model will be smaller than its international counterpart.[6][7]



2018 Toyota Corolla Sport G with optional Modellista body kit (NRE210H, Japan)
8NR-FTS engine in the Corolla Sport

The Corolla Hatchback is sold in Japan as the Corolla Sport, which was launched on 27 June 2018.[27][28] It is sold exclusively at Toyota Corolla Store dealerships equipped with T-Connect available with the 2018 Crown. Motive power for the Japanese Corolla Sport comes from the 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine, or 1.8-litre Hybrid engine. Trim levels are the base G"X", mid-level G and fully loaded G"Z". Intelligent manual transmission is only for the cars with smaller displacement engine. The 1.2-litre cars are also offered with Full-Time 4WD paired with CVT-i. The 2WD G"Z" can be ordered with Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) system and Drive Mode Select with Eco, Comfort, Normal, Sport S and Sport S+ modes. TRD or Modellista body kit is optional for all models.

North America[edit]

The North American production version of the Corolla Hatchback was unveiled on 28 March 2018 at the New York International Auto Show for the 2019 model year.[29] Model grades are SE and XSE. The North American Corolla Hatchback is powered by the 2.0-litre Dynamic Force engine mated to 6-speed intelligent manual transmission (SE) or CVT with physical first launch gear and 10-speed simulated gear (SE and XSE). The US market SE and XSE models[30] are equipped with Entune 3.0[note 1] infotainment system and standard Toyota Safety Sense 2.0.[31]

2020 Toyota Corolla LE sedan (US)
2020 Toyota Corolla SE sedan (US)

For 2020 model year, the North American Corolla sedan went on sale on 26 February 2019. Model grades for the North American Corolla sedan are L, LE and XLE with 1.8-litre engine, as well as the SE and XSE with 2.0-litre engine. The only transmission for the smaller engine is CVT with physical first gear, while the bigger power source can be paired with either CVT (SE and XSE) or 6-speed manual (SE). The Hybrid model is only available in LE trim and with CVT.

The twelfth generation Corolla came to the Mexican market on 7 May 2019 in Base, LE, SE and Hybrid versions.[32]

All trim levels come with a Toyota Entune 3.0 touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa integration, the Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 (TSS 2.0) suite of driver assistance technologies, power windows and door locks, LED front headlamps with Daytime Running Lamps (DRL's) and LED rear tail lamps, eight airbags, the Toyota STAR Safety System and the ToyotaCare maintenance plan for 2 years or 25,000 miles (whichever comes first).

Available upscale features include steering wheel-mounted shift paddles for CVT transmission-equipped models, 18" alloy wheels, an eight-inch Toyota Entune 3.0 touchscreen infotainment system with Remote Connect and 4G LTE Wi-Fi capabilities, Toyota SofTex-trimmed seating surfaces with cloth inserts, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, full-speed radar cruise control, available Lane Tracing Assist, Road Sign Assist, Automatic High Beams, adaptive front lighting system and a seven-inch multi-information instrument cluster display.

2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid LE sedan (US)

A hybrid version of the Corolla is being offered for the first time in the United States. It was unveiled at the 2018 LA Auto Show.[33] The hybrid Corolla drivetrain is mechanically almost identical to the Prius. The choice of adding a hybrid version of the Corolla in the US was to help Toyota meet CAFE standards by using a higher-volume car and that Hispanic customers prefer the Corolla to the Prius.[34]

Engine choices for the North American Corolla are:

  • 1.8 L, "2ZR-FAE" inline four-cylinder (I4) petrol engine, 104 kW (139 hp), 171 N⋅m (126 lb⋅ft), (L, LE and XLE models, CVT transmission only) (N/A on hatchback)
  • 1.8 L, "2ZR-FXE" inline four-cylinder (I4) petrol engine with Toyota Hybrid Synergy Drive System, 90 kW (121 hp), 142 N⋅m (105 lb⋅ft), (LE hybrid models only, CVT transmission only) (N/A on hatchback)
  • 2.0 L, "M20A-FKS" dynamic force inline four-cylinder (I4) petrol engine, 126 kW (169 hp), 205 N⋅m (151 lb⋅ft), (SE and XSE models, 6-speed manual transmission or CVT transmission) (standard on hatchback)


For the mainland China market, excluding Hong Kong, the E210 Corolla sedan is available in two different styles. The Prestige Corolla is built by FAW, and the Sporty model called Levin is manufactured by GAC. Both the Corolla and the Levin are offered as regular petrol, Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid versions. Both were released in China on 8 August 2019.

In China, the hybrid version is called "ShuangQing", to differentiate from the petrol version. Some versions come with a 12.1-inch portrait touchscreen (like the technology version of Levin or Levin Hybrid) and other versions come with 9.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Carlife or Welink. The other specs are the same as the North America version.[citation needed]

Available powertrain options include:

  • 1.2 L, "8NR-FTS" inline four-cylinder (I4) turbocharged petrol engine, 86 kW (115.5 hp), 185 N⋅m (136.5 lb⋅ft) (petrol version only, with CVT transmission)
  • 1.8 L, "2ZR-FXE" inline four-cylinder (I4) petrol engine with Toyota Hybrid Synergy Drive System, 90 kW (121 hp), 142 N⋅m (105 lb⋅ft), (hybrid models only, ECVT transmission only)


Toyota Corolla Trek Hybrid
2019 Toyota Corolla Hybrid sedan (Europe)
2019 Toyota Corolla Hybrid sedan interior (Europe)

The twelfth generation Corolla Hatchback is built in the UK and features a 2-litre, 134 kW (180 bhp) Dynamic Force Hybrid drivetrain along with a less powerful 1.8-litre, 91 kW (122 hp) drivetrain. Standard petrol engines are also available, one of them would be a 1.2-litre turbocharged engine. However, diesel engines would not be used. Production of the European market Corolla Hatchback began on 14 January 2019. Sales began in the UK in February 2019 and across Europe in March 2019.[35]

The Corolla Hybrid in the European market was unveiled as a pre-production model at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show as the Auris Hybrid, with the Auris name later discontinued.[36][37] The production version of the European market Corolla Hybrid in hatchback and estate (Touring Sports) variants were later revealed at the 2018 Paris Motor Show.

Across Europe, the Corolla is sold in several trim levels. For example in Switzerland, the Corolla Hatchback and Touring Sports are offered in Active, Comfort, Trend, Style and Premium model grades. Engine choice for the Active and Comfort, is either 1.2-litre turbo or 1.8-litre Hybrid. The mid-level Trend can be paired with 1.2-litre turbo, 1.8-litre Hybrid or 2.0-litre Hybrid. The only power source for the Style and Premium is 2.0-litre Hybrid. Manual transmission is only for the Active and Comfort with 1.2-litre turbo, the rests of the range come with E-CVT. Standard and optional equipment are varies across the countries. Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS), ambient illumination lighting, LED lamps, sports front seats, smart entry system, upgraded sound system with navigation, 18-inch alloy wheels and panoramic roof are available for the higher grade models.

The E210 Corolla Sedan marks the return of conventional 4-door body shape Corolla after the E120 generation was replaced by hatchback and estate only Auris. While the 5-door Corolla Hatchback and Touring Sports are sold across Europe, the 4-door Sedan/Limousine/Saloon is only offered in selected countries like the UK, Germany and Spain.

United Kingdom[edit]

In the UK, the Corolla Hatchback and Touring Sports are marketed as Icon, Icon Tech, Design and Excel. The top of the line Excel is only sold with 1.8- or 2.0-litre Hybrid engine.

Southeast Asia[edit]


Thailand was the first country in Southeast Asia to launch the E210 Corolla Altis. Based on the 1.6 J, the cheapest model of the Thai market Corolla Altis is called Limo, which is intended for taxi purpose. The other model grades are 1.6 G, 1.8 GR Sport, Hybrid Entry, Hybrid Mid and Hybrid High.[21] All engines are paired to CVT.


In the Philippines, trim levels of the Corolla Altis are 1.6 E (with manual transmission only), 1.6 G (with either manual transmission or CVT), 1.6 V (with CVT only) and 1.8 V Hybrid (with CVT only).[22][23]


In Indonesia, trim levels of the Corolla Altis are 1.8 G, 1.8 V and 1.8 Hybrid. All trim levels are only offered with CVT.[24][25]


2018 Toyota Corolla Ascent Sport hatchback (MZEA12R, Australia)
2018 Toyota Corolla ZR Hybrid hatchback (ZWE211R, Australia)

The Corolla Hatchback was launched in Australia on 7 August 2018 and is available in three model grades: Ascent Sport, SX and ZR. All models are powered by a 2.0 L engine. The 6-speed manual transmission is only available as standard on the base model Ascent Sport, while automatic CVT is optional for the Ascent Sport and standard on the mid-level SX and top-of-the-line ZR. The 1.8 L engine with hybrid drivetrain is also available for all model grades.[38]

All the Australian Corolla hatchbacks come with 7 SRS Airbags, Lane Departure Alert, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control, Hill-start Assist Control and Active Cornering Assist. The base model with manual transmission is equipped with High-speed Active Cruise Control, while all the CVT models have All-speed Active Cruise Control. The SX and ZR have dual zone air-conditioning and wireless phone charger. The ZR comes with standard heated front sports front bucket seats, intelligent ambient illumination, auto-dimming rear view mirror, 8-speakers JBL audio system and 18-inch alloy wheels.

South Africa[edit]

The Corolla Hatchback has been available in South Africa since February 2019 in two trim levels: XS and XR. Both trims are powered by a 1.2 L turbocharged engine. Both the 6-speed manual transmission and CVT are available on the XS trim, while the XR trim is only offered with CVT.[39][40]



The Corolla Hatchback got a 5-star safety rating by the Australasian New Car Assessment Program.[41]

  • 2018 Toyota Corolla (ANCAP): 5/5 stars


On October 2, 2018, the Corolla Hatchback received[42] a "Top Safety Pick Award"[43] but not a "Plus" award because of its lack of good-rated headlamps. The same ratings were also received in 2019 for the 2020 model year Corolla sedan.[44]

  • Small Overlap (Driver) - Good
  • Small Overlap (Passenger) - Good
  • Moderate Overlap Front - Good
  • Side - Good
  • Roof - Good
  • Head Restraints and Seats - Good
  • Front Crash Prevention - Superior
  • Headlamps - Acceptable
  • Child Seat Anchors (LATCH) ease of use - Good


  1. ^ Entune 3.0 incorporates Apple CarPlay, Verizon Wi-Fi, and Amazon Alexa voice commands.


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