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Second Opinion - The Toyota Corolla Altis 1.6 and its rivals

By Faiming_low on 02 Mar 2014

Attached Image Toyota recently launched their 11th generation Corolla Altis and it is a pretty well-resolved car. Since this 1.6-litre sedan category is such a hotly-contested segment, we thought it would be nice to have a second opinion of the Corolla Altis comparing with some of its closest rivals…
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Kia Forte K3 1.6
First up, our recent Sedan of the Year winner, the Forte K3. Despite being launched last year, the car still looks pretty darn fresh. No surprises given that the Koreans have been producing cars that are almost guaranteed to look good without burning a big hole in your wallet. At press time, it is almost 10 grand lesser than the rest while being the most well equipped. It also felt like it had the most room among the others. However, all is not that well when you start driving. Steering, while being the sharpest and most direct, feels slightly artificial. I wasn't too sure I liked the variable steering weight system also as I found myself changing between ‘Normal’ and ‘Sport’ every now and then. I couldn't find fault with the ride and grip level were as good as the rest.
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Volkswagen Jetta 1.4 TSI DSG
Personally, I have always found the Jetta to be a handsome car. So it took me by surprise when I thought it didn’t look as sharp as it had always been to me when we parked the cars side by side. Having sampled the Jetta over quite a few miles couple of years ago, it felt good to be back behind the wheel of one. The chassis feels stable, steering reassuring and engine strong. Just like how I remembered. However, unlike then, age has ruthlessly caught up and the interior is starting to feel a little bland as compared to the other two. Not having much equipment on board hurts its scorecard too. Glad to report interior space is more than adequate and overall, the car feels a notch better in quality than the rest.
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Toyota Corolla Altis 1.6
The Corolla Altis. I’m sure most people should have driven or sat in one at least once in their lifetime. I spent most of my teenage years in one and not once did it break down. It was never the fastest nor the best-looking but it was loyal and dependable. Coming to the latest one, I must say Toyota has definitely upped its game and gave it a great looking face. I would even go as far as saying the Toyota is the most handsome one here. Moving inside, the car has grown quite abit and build quality is much improved. Equipment levels are acceptable too. On the move, the Toyota is the quietest and feels lively. Comfort level is definitely on par or better compared with the rest in this segment. Its new Super Continuously Variable Transmission with Intelligence is also worth commending for not being like most whiny CVTs in lesser cars.
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If you have yet to read our comparison story between the Toyota Corolla Altis 1.6 and its rivals, click here.

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Since young, Fai Ming has always centered his life around cars. In fact his first word was 'car' and not 'mum' or 'dad'. Aren't kids cute?

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ER-3682 Mar 02 2014 09:43 AM

VW is a good car to drive,but the problematic gearbox,is a letdown,also the service centre....!Can just forget it.

ER-3682 Mar 02 2014 09:45 AM

Toyota no cruise control.

ER-3682 Mar 02 2014 09:46 AM

K3 still overall the best,but the lastest Mazda 3 is very good,but way way too expensive.

Fastfive1 Mar 02 2014 03:33 PM

The toyota is over priced. I definitely won't pay to get an altis when a lil more can get me a Jetta. It doesn't really matter that the altis is supposedly the most reliable. If the Jetta gives problems, just sell it off and let the next owner deal with the problems.

LiuDeHua Mar 02 2014 03:52 PM

Jetta for me.


Cheapest amongst the 3.

Also, highest torque as its turbo-charged.

dragonballdidi Mar 02 2014 04:40 PM

If only Toyota will bring in the Manual Transmission or the Esport variant. 


This 2014 Altis is really handsome. 

Enzomatrix Mar 02 2014 06:20 PM

K3 is the winner here tho.

Rsongcy Mar 02 2014 08:47 PM

Jetta problematic.

Altis overpriced.

K3 balanced and all-rounded!

K3 is definitely more value for money!!

Tanlee Mar 02 2014 10:41 PM
Since safety is an important criteria, I won't choose corolla. It don't have traction control. And the number of airbag is only 2, which is very few, considering both k3 and Jetta have 6 airbag.
drivinghazard Mar 03 2014 09:37 AM

The Corolla really looks handsome now. I will choose the Corolla if just based on looks

StreetFight3r Mar 04 2014 12:42 PM

If it's just going by looks alone, my vote goes to Volkswagen Jetta. The new Altis just doesn't work for me. It's too masculine to be the household reliable Altis that it's well known for.

Fastfive1 Mar 04 2014 08:40 PM

Hmm it appears that the word "lesser" seems to be used wrongly again........

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