Backwards thinking

TOYOTA’S facelifted Corolla hatch is the latest model to benefit from a standard reversing camera on all models, matching the Corolla sedan.

It gets a sportier look, too, with sleeker headlights and restyled bumpers, the latter stretching the length by 55mm. The interior also gets fresh materials and a new 6.1-inch touchscreen.

The Ascent and Ascent Sport are now $300 dearer while the flagship ZR (with sat-nav and partial leather) has been reduced by $1000.

Peak power from the carry-over 1.8-litre four remains at 103kW, but drivetrain revisions have led to fuel efficiency improvements of six percent on the six-speed manual and eight percent on the CVT auto.