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  • Confident urban cruiser
  • Affordability and efficiency
  • Lots of legroom at the back


  • Minor interior quality issues
  • Outdated infotainment
  • Safety package is optional



The Corolla clearly outsells its direct competitors, but one has to wonder – is this really the best car in its class?

When you look at the Mazda 3 sedan, or the Hyundai Elantra sedan, it becomes evident that there are sexier options out there.

However, most of us have to agree that when it comes to value for money, the Corolla Ascent Sedan is hard to beat! It might not the prettiest, the fastest and it might not have the best handling, yet this car is the favorite of many Aussies.

So, without further ado, let’s start examining the Corolla’s safety department.


Do I even need to mention that this car is bulletproof? No, I’m not referring to its engine or suspension – it’s all about safety in this section of Biddly Car Reviews.

Akin to the Corolla Hatch, the sedan version is just as safe. A top five-star rating (according to ANCAP Safety) ensures that this small sedan will protect you and your family in the best way possible.


The Corolla has always been an affordable car, and the Ascent Sedan version makes no exception. Starting at $21,240 for the six-speed manual and the reasonable $23,490 for the automatic gearbox, it seems like a bargain.


For starters, the boot is a nice surprise here. It’s 120 liters bigger than the Corolla Hatch and 25 liters bigger than the Astra Sedan’s boot, this screams practicality.

Now, this is the list of standard equipment you get with the Corolla Ascent Sedan:

  • 6.1-inch display
  • Revamped front and rear styling
  • All-new LED tail lights
  • Halogen headlights
  • Air-conditioning
  • Six-way manually adjustable driver seat
  • 15-inch steel wheels

Not a huge catalog of standard features, but the Corolla Ascent Sedan has a trick up its sleeve (although it costs an extra $1500) – optional safety package. It includes:

  • Pre-collision warning
  • Autonomous emergency braking
  • Lane departure warning
  • Auto high beams
  • 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment (standard on the SX Sedan)
  • Toyota Link apps
  • 4.2-inch driver’s display screen
  • Rear-view camera (without sensors)

This justifies the relatively small standard equipment pack. In a nutshell, you get loads and loads of stuff for an extra 1.5 grand.

Pros and cons

And this is where we dissect (not literally) the Toyota Corolla Ascent Sedan. Introducing – the good and the bad. Starting with the pros now:

  • Confident urban cruiser
  • Affordability and efficiency
  • Lots of legroom at the back

But we’re not over yet. Remember that we said we’re going to dissect this car? Well, that includes looking at its cons as well:

  • Minor interior quality issues
  • The infotainment system needs to be replaced or updated
  • The optional safety package is… well, optional


In order to wrap things up, it’s safe to say that the Toyota Corolla Ascent Sedan is a brilliant option for anyone looking for a practical, well-built and reliable car.

The small sedan segment is quite competitive and with beauties such as the Mazda 3, it’s becoming more difficult to make your choice.

One thing’s certain though – if you decide on the Corolla Ascent Sedan as your new car, you won’t be making a mistake.


Biddly gets lenders competing for your new car finance arrangements. Get the competitive edge & tie up a sharper finance deal with our panel than you could yourself or through the dealership for free! These are the estimated repayment figures for this vehicle based on historical finance quotes for this vehicle at an average discount off retail price between 10 & 12%. Note these are indicative only and are based on an assumed 5 year term with a 20% residual/balloon.

$71 - $76
per week
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$78 - $84
per week
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$85 - $88
per week
Dealership Finance


The weekly repayments provided are for indicative purposes and are to approved purchasers only. The payments don’t consider your personal situation. This repayment DOES NOT include all potential fees and charges.

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