Toyota Corolla Fielder 1.5G

Toyota Corolla Fielder Review: “It has a strong, exhilirating engine” by Naoto Shimazaki

It has a modern and sharp look. The facelifted Corolla Fielder, similar to the Corolla Axio sedan, has a more stylish appearance. The lamps, which extend from the rear to the side of the back doors, give it a richer look.

I’m glad that they have put the driving safety support systems into a package and introduced it to the facelifted model. The pre-collision system’s automated braking operates at relative speeds between 10 to 80 km/h.

Aside from the updates on its exterior and functions, its running performance was also improved to keep the pace. The car I test drove is mounted with a newly-developed 1.5-liter engine. Its fuel economy with idling function is 23km/liter in JC08 mode. Despite its impressive specifications, I wasn’t that impressed with its actual performance. The engine is mated to a CVT. It delivers a fast acceleration from 0km. It delivers fast and sufficient acceleration of 80 to 100km/h from the expressway junction. Instead of jarring noises, the engine emits exhilarating sounds, letting you know that mechanically, it has a highly efficient design.

It also delivers a flat ride. It feels like it has a longer wheelbase than other sedans I drove, but in reality, it has the same wheelbase of 2600mm. It has a steady steering feel, enabling you to drive the car comfortably.

Just like before, the efficacy of the reclining rear seats delivers a cozy and flat floor. The left and right aircon vents on the instrument panel has been changed from the conventional round louver that can be turned around and closed, to that of an aircon vent with five blades that make it easier to adjust the direction and volume of the air.

â–  Five Star Rating
Packaging: ★★★★★
Interior/ Interior Comfort: ★★★★★
Power Source: ★★★★★
Foot Work: ★★★★★
Recommendation: ★★★★★

Naoto Shimazaki | Automotive Journalist (AJAJ Member)

Born in Tokyo in 1958.He worked at an editing and publishing company for nine years after graduating from university.In 1991, he began working freelance after working as a writer, editor and photographer for magazines and independent publications.Since then, he has continued to expand his activities as a writer for magazines and the web. He approaches cars and journalism from the viewpoint of an everyday user.

(Translated by Katherine N. Bantiles)