Toyota Corolla ZR hybrid vs Golf Highline vs any others? (open to suggestions)

Hey guys,

I am back again for some advice on which car to get. I am currently deciding between the new Toyota Corolla ZR hybrid and Golf Highline (both hatch). I am open to any other suggestions in the same price range.

Initially, I was in love with the Golf but after getting some insight from our community and some research there seem to be too much risks with the DSG gearbox.

With the Toyota Corolla, I get a 34k figure on the pricemycar website. Should I aim for 32-33k when negotiating with the dealership or is that price too ridiculous?

Last question I promise but is there much difference between the 2019 and 2020 ZR model?

Cheers fellas.

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  • +4

    Last question I promise but is there much difference between the 2019 and 2020 ZR model?

    They had an update late 2019 - Reverse emergency braking, front and rear parking sensors, electric drivers seat

    With the Toyota Corolla, I get a 34k figure on the pricemycar website.

    RRP (in WA) is $37,700 (plus $500 metallic paint, $1,000 2-tone). Depending on colour choice, you've already been quoted a discounted price. But does depend on 2019 plate or 2020.

    Give the sedan a look in as well, however the ZR model isn't available in hybrid. It's longer, which means more boot space and more rear legroom, but still the same price as the hatch

    /rep

  • Have you considered the i30n and Civic? Seems like you're after a sportier hatch. You getting a manual?

    I would avoid the euro cars due to running costs and resale value. If it's important to you, I'm fairly sure the newer Corolla's have smaller boot spaces than their competitors.

    • Have you considered the i30n

      i30n is a fair way above the cars in the OP price-wise, but i30 n-line is at or below those prices and was my choice when looking at a similar range recently.

  • -2

    $35k for a corolla. Bloody crackpots.
    Just buy the camry hybrid

    • +1

      If you want the top of the range Camry hybrid (comparing apples for apples) it's about $10k more

  • +6

    Get the golf. I've ha d a few DSG's never an issue. That's all in the past.

    I haven't seen inside a new Toyota for years, but i assume they are still "Japanese", meaning bland, no nice touchy feely materials etc.

    • Cheers for the insight! what were the DSG have you had in the past? Are there wet or dry gearbox?

      • Both wet and dry. Initial issues with the dry; replaced by VW and no issues ever.

    • I haven't seen inside a new Toyota for years, but i assume they are still "Japanese", meaning bland, no nice touchy feely materials etc.

      Go look at one 😉

      Side note, when tf did we start caressing dash plastics? 😂

      • +1

        “ToYoTa aRe ThE ReFRiGeRaToR wHiTeGooDz oF CaRz!!1!!1!”

        The interior of my Corolla Hybrid feels pretty nice…

        • +1

          The interior of my Corolla Hybrid feels pretty nice…

          Stroke it regularly?

        • Aircon inside my Camry 1995 still running cold as new. Can't believe it.

      • +2

        Side note, when tf did we start caressing dash plastics?

        Oh the number of times I've asked myself this. All of a sudden starting a couple of years back every car review is going on and on about soft touch plastics etc. The only time I touch my dash is when I'm cleaning it and can honestly say I've never cared about how it felt while doing so.

        • I get customers doing it! Feeling it, hitting it. No one gave a crap 5 years ago lol

          • +1

            @spackbace: The FJ's cheap plastics (designed to be washable) creak and rattle like crazy after a few years in. This likely wouldn't happen with a leather-clad S-class.

  • +2

    No joke but I saw two Golfs about to be placed onto flatbed tow trucks this evening, in the space of about 3 kilometers. One dude was in Enmore and the other was in Tempe.

    • +10

      That’s why Golfs are so economical. Don’t use much fuel when you’re being carted around on the back of a flatbed. :D

  • +2

    Drove a 2019 corolla hybrid fleet vehicle. Nice ride, shame about the infotainment screen, the infotainment display looks plastic-y and a the bezels are a bit oversized, hopefully it will be refreshed. Also, how the hell do you turn off the “please obey all traffic regulations” voice, it’s driving me crazy!

    Great fleet car otherwise, it practically drives itself with the lane keep assist.., it’s better than the other work cars (cerato, i30, lancer, etc.). Probs not as nice as a golf, but you pay a bit extra for a golf. Like most things, pay a bit more if it’s worth it for you.

    • +1

      Also, how the hell do you turn off the “please obey all traffic regulations” voice, it’s driving me crazy!

      Menu - settings - gps - something about speed warnings - uncheck the sliders

      Can check tomorrow when I'm in front of 1 but that should give you the gist

      • if its a fleet car, can it be programmed not to be turned off by the user?

        • Unlikely

          • @spackbace: I was able to turn off the “you are now entering/leaving a school zone” warning alerts.

            I wouldn’t mind it as much if the volume of the alert was quieter or more subtle.

            That said I still prefer the corolla over the i30… the i30 has to rev up before the power kicks in and seems to be hunting for gears.

            I miss the old (circa 2009, ZRE 152r) corolla’s though, they had better visibility, didn’t feel so enclosed. The current dash of the corolla is a bit high (or the seat is too low)

            • +1

              @Worf:

              I wouldn’t mind it as much if the volume of the alert was quieter or more subtle

              Settings - Voice - Volume

              I was able to turn off the “you are now entering/leaving a school zone” warning alerts.

              Yeah that's one of them, but there's another setting, I'll have a look

  • +4

    The euro cars just feel nicer inside, but it doesn't come for nothing. Don't do it if you're not willing to spend money on the car after the initial purchase.

    • willing to spend money on the car

      You mean throw money down a pit to keep the car functioning/roadworthy?

      • +4

        I can't believe I'm writing this on the OzB forum, but sometimes, it's not just about money :p

        But you're right…it can get damn expensive! lol

  • Not sure where you're located, OP? Saw a nice blue ZR Hybrid demo at Hinterland (Robina, GC) last night, $29K. Probably pre-spec change as per Spack's comment above.

  • +1

    Kia Cerato GT, 7 year warranty, Kia has come a long way.
    https://www.caradvice.com.au/729999/2019-kia-cerato-gt-hatch...

    • Test drive it first, ride is really firm.

  • Have a soft spot for Corollas, always thought they are really good, solid cars. Parents had one. my sister had an 82 model which she let me drive when i was getting my licence. My younger sister also got one as her first car, she got a new Corolla hybrid about a year ago. based on what she tells me it's awesome for short trips, she's filled the tank once in the whole year she's had it. Looks beautiful inside too!

    • +2

      So with a 43L tank and a fuel consumption of 4.1L per 100km, she only travelled 1049km during the whole year?

      • on electric mode only?

        • +1

          pretty sure the quoted 4.1L/100km is the combined rate

          • @jimdotpud: I'm saying she may have only filled it up once because she's using it on electric only mode.

      • I have no idea how far she's gone in the year, she drives it daily, but she doesn't do a lot of long trips or long commute each day. it's self charging when in normal drive/braking/slowing down, so i assume she mainly uses the electric portion.

        assuming it came with a full tank so maybe double that???