The just-launched Toyota Corolla takes on the Hyundai Elantra, Skoda Octavia, VW Jetta and Chevrolet Cruze in the executive mid-size sedan segment. Note that this story does not compare features.
2014 Toyota Corolla Diesel vs Rivals:
The diesel Corolla with its small 1.4-liter engine makes the least amount of power and torque in this segment, while the Cruze continues to hold on to its title of the most powerful diesel sedan in this segment. While the rivals are available with a choice of a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic gearbox, the Corolla comes only with a manual transmission.
With prices starting at INR 13.07 lakhs, the Toyota is the least expensive to buy. However, when we compare the top-end variants, the Elantra seems to offer more value for money as it comes with an automatic transmission for the INR 16.02 lakhs asking price.
2014 Toyota Corolla Petrol vs Rivals:
While the Corolla and Elantra come with naturally aspirated 1.8-liter engines, the Jetta and Octavia get turbocharged 1.4-liter units (the Octavia is also available with a 1.8-liter TSI, it doesn't figure in our comparison as it is priced at INR 18.25 lakhs).
The Corolla is available with a manual and CVT, the Elantra with manual and automatic, while the Octavia and Jetta come with manual gearboxes only. Pricing wise, the base Corolla manages to undercut its rivals by a substantial margin.