Battle of the Execs

Feb 09 2013, 20:21 IST
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SummaryFirst introduced globally in 1966, into its eleventh generation now, produced in 15-odd countries, the best-selling nameplate in history with close to 39 million units sold in over 140 countries till date—this car is a hero.

does score over the Elantra is build quality—it feels a lot more solidly put together.


The flowing lines of the Elantra seep into its interior too. The dashboard itself is a work of art—the centre console is quite broad at the top, narrows towards the air vents and widens again as it wraps itself around the gear lever—as is the steering column, with almost all the necessary controls on the wheel. You also get a refrigerated glovebox. The quality of materials is among the best in class. The space inside is good and the cabin is a comfortable place to be in. A unique feature the car gets is ventilated front seats—a segment first.

The insides of the Corolla, although not dull, don’t make you feel excited either. Though the material used is very good, you don’t have many options by way of controls. The centre console is quite basic, as is the steering column. But what you do get is a massive amount of space—it’s probably got the finest rear seat in the segment, as is the knee and headroom all around. The interiors are typically Toyota—functional but not overboard.

Under the hood

Both the cars come in petrol as well as diesel engine options. While the Elantra petrol gets the 1.8-litre engine producing a maximum power of 149.5PS@6500rpm and a maximum torque of 18.1kgm@4700rpm, its diesel mill is essentially the same CRDi unit that powers the Verna—it produces a decent power of 128PS@4000rpm and a maximum torque of 26.5kgm@1900-2750rpm. The Corolla petrol is powered by the proven 1.8-litre engine that produces 140PS@6400rpm of power and a maximum torque of 17.6kgm@4000rpm, while its diesel mill is relatively dull on paper—the 1364cc engine produces 88.4PS@3800rpm of power and a torque of 20.9kgm@1800-2800rpm.

On the road

Petrol: Although Elantra’s petrol mill produces higher power on paper than Corolla’s, it doesn’t quite reflect on the road. While the Elantra goes from 0-100 kmph in about 12 seconds, the Corolla takes 13 seconds to hit the ton. While the Elantra covers close to 12 km to a litre of petrol, the Corolla betters it with 14 km.

Diesel: Again, the Elantra’s diesel motor produces higher power on paper than Corolla’s and it does reflect a lot on the road. The engine is refined, quiet and free revving. Even though you do encounter the turbo lag now and then, a slick and quick-shifting gearbox ensures you can get over it quite

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