2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback Offers Fresh Design And Engaging Handling

Only someone with a sight problem would not see that the all-new Toyota Corolla Hatchback is a revelation in the model’s long history, at least when it comes to design.

The new Corolla Hatchback looks nothing like a Corolla – and that’s perhaps one of the biggest compliments we can give it.

Underneath its sporty bodywork, the new Corolla is based on the latest TNGA underpinnings, featuring -among other things- a sportier setup and a sophisticated multilink rear suspension, which bodes well for handling.

The interior also represents a step-up in quality and in design, featuring softer materials and brighter color combos, along with a wide range of technology features. The eight-inch infotainment system is standard across the range and comes with Apple CarPlay, but not Android Auto, at least not yet.

US-spec versions of the Corolla Hatchback are powered by a new, naturally aspirated 2.0-liter Dynamic Force four-cylinder producing 168hp and 151lb-ft of peak torque. Customers will be able to choose between the standard six-speed manual transmission that also comes with a rev-matching feature and the new ‘Dynamic Shift’ CVT option. Unlike previous iterations of the CVT, Toyota’s latest version features a physical first launch gear for more immediate responses under acceleration.

The new Corolla is also the company’s first model in North America to feature the Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 suit of driver assistance systems. So, on paper, Toyota’s new compact hatch has everything it needs to draw customers to Toyota’s showrooms. Kelley Blue Book recently test drove it and delivers their verdict in the video that follows.


  • karmat

    Looks like a nice little car.

  • Haywood Jablowme

    Coming to a ghetto near you!

  • Craig

    And you can get it with a manual transmission!

  • paulgdeaton

    “The new Corolla Hatchback looks nothing like a Corolla”?

    I don’t know; at even a first glance, it looks like a Carolla to me – albeit with a snow-plow-of-a-grill…

    • RS6 Performance Wagon Lover

      Or a Renault Megane from the side.

  • Mr_Fanta_Pants

    Shame about the ridiculously tight rear seat and absolutely miniscule boot.

  • charlotteharry57

    Three points: The coming Corolla sedan will adopt the look of this and will be a MY ’20, the Corolla hatch, prev the Corolla iM, prev the Scion iM have ALWAYS had better handling than the sedan since they are (were) designed for a different market (primarily Europe) in mind and third, yes, the tiny rear seat and tiny boot are dealbreakers (again a result of the States not being the priority).


    What about the sedan ?

  • ThatGuy

    Nice, Hope the sedan is maybe a bit more conservative but keep it in the nice sphere

  • David De Fortier

    Maybe its just the angle that photo was taken, and combined with that colour!, But this looks absolutely horrifyingly ugly in my opinion

  • AG

    Between Toyota and Honda I don’t know who designs the ugliest front ends. I would buy a current generation Mazda3 hatchback instead however a newer version is about to hit in the coming months. Kudos for Toyota for keeping manuals. Their CVT’s suck though.

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