2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback: All New Design

Published: Monday, April 8, 2019 | 7:19 PM

2019toyotacorollahatchback475Tracing its roots to the Corolla iM, the all-new for 2019 Corolla Hatchback is a whole lot sportier looking than its sedan cousin. The Crayola paint colors also add to the sporty vibe. This is not a hatchback masquerading as a crossover, this is a true old-school hatchback, which translates to a lower profile and a sportier drive.

The 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback comes in two trim levels SE and XSE. This review will focus on the XSE trim level.

The XSE trim comes with great safety features like Toyota’s Safety Sense 2.0 consisting of per-collision system with pedestrian detection, dynamic radar cruise control, lane departure alert with steering assist, automatic high beams, and road sign assist.

Interior touches included Toyota’s Entune 3.0 audio plus with app suite, a larger 8-inch touchscreen, 6 speakers, hands-free Bluetooth phone/music USB charge port, tilt and telescope leather wrapped wheel and dual zone climate control.

2019toyotacorollahatchintEquipped with a new 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 168 horses and 151 lb-ft of torque the Corolla Hatch gets a horsepower boast for quicker starts. The engine is paired with two different transmissions; the Dynamic-Shift continuously variable transmission or the six-speed manual. My model was equipped with the manual which was one of the easiest manuals I have ever driven. Shifting was assisted by Toyota’s new iMT rev-matching button which simply put, makes it easier to downshit without revving the engine. If you have ever wanted to learn how to drive a manual transmission this is the one to learn on. Expect to get 28/city, 37/highway, and 31/combined mpg.

On the inside the cabin is clean and attractive. It gets a larger 8-inch touchscreen to control the infotainment system, phone and other tech. In the XSE the driver’s seat has an eight-way power adjustment. Both front seats are heated and covered in leather and fabric for a stylish look.

The back on the other-hand is bare of any tech or climate control. The bench seat offers very little leg or headroom, so keep the back seat passengers small and short-legged. As for cargo space the hatchback offers 17.8 cubic feet with the backseats up which is lower than most competitors.

The new engine gives the Corolla Hatchback a zippier drive, adding some oomph from a standstill and a bit of zoom while passing. The electrically assisted power steering helps the car be sensitive to any steering request and the car feels steady in turns.

The 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback is a stylish little number and worth a test drive.