GR Corolla first drive review

GR Corolla – Toyota have just released the hot hatch, GR Corolla. It comes in a highly specified GTS version priced from $62,300 plus the usual costs.

2023 Toyota GR Corolla GTS (Feverish Red) driving on race track The GR Corolla joins other Toyotas in the GR stable, the GR 86, GR Supra and GR Yaris. It looks awesome, especially in the Feverish Red colour but there are four choices available.

Inside its well-equipped and comfortable.

I had the opportunity to drive the GR Corolla around Sydney Motorsport Park on the launch and I have to say it’s a LOT OF FUN.

It’s powered by the same high-output 1.6-litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine found in the GR Yaris, that has been tuned to produce a boosted 221kW of power at 6500rpm and 370Nm of torque over a wider rev band, from 3000-5550rpm.

2023 Toyota GR Corolla GTS (Feverish Red) 6 speed manual transmission

All GR Corollas come equipped with a close-ratio six-speed manual transmission and the sophisticated GR-FOUR all-wheel-drive system, supported with Torsen®2 limited-slip differentials on both the front and rear axles.

The GR Corolla is available now but there are only 700 vehicles available in the first year and a number have already been pre ordered. So if you want one better get in quick

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2023 Toyota GR Corolla GTS (Glacier White)


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GR Corolla final thoughts

Here is a sports hatch that can be driven every day as well as having fun on the track. Not many cars achieve that balance.

It takes a sometimes-bland Corolla style and brings the WOW factor. It looks great!

Balance is the key word here. Everything works in harmony, the responsiveness, ride and handling, steering weight, and aural sensitivity.

It engenders confidence. You simply feel good driving it.

2023 Toyota GR Corolla GTS (Feverish Red)

What is good?

  • Purposeful and stylish looks
  • Engine performance and responsiveness
  • Balanced ride/handling – FUN FUN FUN

What is not so good?

2023 Toyota GR Corolla GTS (Feverish Red) wheels and tyres

Also look at.

Sports hatchbacks are few and far between these days.

Buyers could look at the Subaru WRX Sportswagon, Hyundai i30N, Honda Type R, Renault Megane RS, Audi S3.

2023 Toyota GR Corolla GTS 1.6L Turbo engine (Feverish Red)



GR Corolla GTS

Model Price $62,300 MLP*
Engine 1.6L 3 Cyl Turbo Petrol Euro 5C
Drivetrain GR-FOUR AWD 6Sp i-MT
Battery Capacity / type N/A
Power 221kW @ 6,500rpm
Torque 370Nm @ 3,000 – 5,500rpm
Fuel ADR 8.4L/100km
Fuel on Test N/A
Fuel capacity 50L
Range (WLTP) / efficiency 595km ADR
Fast Charge / Home (240V) N/A
Safety 5 Star ANCAP (Tested Nov 2019)
CO2 Emissions 191g/km
0-100kmh/Top Speed 5.29 sec / 230km/h
Servicing 12 Mth / 15,000km – Capped Price service pack
Warranty 5yr/ unlimited km
Roadside Assist 5Yr. conditional roadside assist

*MLP Includes GST and LCT but excluding statutory charges, dealer costs and dealer delivery. See your dealer for RDAP. Does not include price of options. Some features mentioned in the article are options. RDAP means Recommended Drive Away Price (without options but including all other charges)

2023 Toyota GR Corolla GTS (Feverish Red) interior front

Overall Rating    


Behind the Wheel 9
Comfort 9
Equipment 9
Performance 9
Ride and Handling 10
Practicality 9
Fit for Purpose 10
Style / appeal 9
Technology / connectivity 9
Value for Money 9

2023 Toyota GR Corolla GTS (Feverish Red)


Overall Length 4407mm
Wheelbase 2640mm
Width 1851mm
Height 1479mm
Wheels 18 x 8.5J ENKEI cast alloy
Tyres Yokohama ADVAN V601 235/40ZR18 tyres
Max ground clearance Up to 120mm
Wading Depth N/A
Approach N/A
Rampover N/A
Departure angle N/A
Turning Circle KTK 11.52m
Boot Capacity Min N/A
Boot capacity Max 213L
Battery Weight N/A
Kerb Weight 1470kg
Payload (kg) 445kg
GVM (kg) 1915kg
Towing Capacity N/A
Tow Ball rating N/A

2023 Toyota GR Corolla GTS (Feverish Red) exhaust

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