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Old 14th September 2011, 16:38   #1
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Default My new Corolla Altis 2011 - 7 speed CVT

All the alternatives that were considered, and why you zeroed in on this particular car

I was in the market to look for an Automatic car, my previous car was a 2007 honda city Zx. I was very satisfied with it but the Delhi Noida traffic was taking its toll on my left leg and hand. Had a word with my family and budget was decided not more than 17L, I wanted a sedan.

• I test drove the CIVIC the car was scraping with 4 adults, the auto-box was not as exciting as it’s manual counterpart, nothing much had changed since it’s launch.
Also, my dad has trouble getting into the back seat, they are really low.
I moved on.

• Then I went to the CRUZE this car really speaks “Too old to rock n roll, too young to die”. I couldn’t really feel the oomph I was looking for in a sedan.
I drove this car, it’s gives the adrenalin rush but really I am not going to be on the highways much often nor do I wait for the signal to go green and i should see the rest of the cars disappear in my in RVM. I wanted to feel like sitting in a Lazy-boy chair and watching my favorite TV channel with no outside disturbances in my private home theatre kind of feeling.

• Next, was the Skoda Laura Automatic Tdi DSG test drove it, fell I love with each and everything from the sitting position to the drive to the driving experience to the OEM music system to the reach sitting and more and more.
The discounts it had were tempting and I tasted it, I had booked Skoda Laura Tdi DSG Ambiente, but at the back of my mind I had this thought running “what if this car just stops in the middle of nowhere” and the stories of “Mechatronic” failures in numerous cars was the deal breaker.
The Autobox of skoda has a high failure ratio. So, backed out of this deal, although the car was very neat and absolute no nonsense.

• Finally I heard, Corolla has been upgraded to 7 speed AT box - On my way to office just dropped in the showroom, the sales person was very helpful and was clear cut on everything. “No discounts, No freebies”, 3 months waiting but if there is a cash payment the Pearl white can be arranged in 10 days.
Test drove it, fell in love with it. I took it near the Stadium at Lodhi road, the road was amazing the drive was orgasmic.
The backseat, this is the best in this segment.
At one point, I wanted to run away with this test car itself.
Booked the car and set the date for delivery 11sep2011
All this while the sales staff would call me and update me about where my car was, car has arrived in the stockyard, the documents are ready, the car will be taken to RTO today etc.

- Complete booking & delivery experience from the dealership

- On-road price, discounts etc.
• On road price 16,94,000 excluding the accessories.
• No discounts.

On Sep 11, 2011 the new Altis came in our family.

Exterior:

• Exterior front has changed with new grill and broader headlights, liked it very much
• Taillights cluster has changed a bit too, did not like it that much
• Interior has now a darker faux wood which looks neat
• Overall it’s pretty spacious and neat looking car.
• All wheel disc brakes


Interiors/ features:
• Sunglass holder is a joke It’s more like a mobile phone holder
• Optitron meter is good, has all the red, blue, green lights 
• one thing I noticed is that I cannot rest my right elbow on the window until I have used the “power controlled seat” to be set to maximum up it can go, I am 5.10
• DVD music system is OK with 6 speakers, NO GPS (very sad)
• Bluetooth connectivity is nice
• Driver side gets 7 way power seat
• Lots of cubby holes
• Miss the height adjustable front arm rest, it can slide though
• No rear ac vents, but the AC is chiller and easily cools the car in under 3 min
• Auto dimming rear view mirror
• Parking assist
• Eco Mode [shows you are driving economy mode]
• Lower back support is a boon
• HID lights are amazing
• Auto Lights on based on the ambience is a great feature to have
• Passenger side seat belt chime is irritating, sometimes if I keep a heavy item on the seat the sensor starts detecting it and rest is “beep beep” for 90 sec
• Push button start / stop
• Cruise control
• Audio controls on the steering wheel
• Tilt & telescopic steering is neat feature to have
• 2 airbags ng

Engine:
2ZR Dual VVT-i 1798 CC (1.8-litre)
140 PS of power at 6400 rpm
173 Nm at 4000 rpm torque
• The new 7 speed auto box is very refined
• The rubber band effect is negligible
• The car pulls amazingly fast
• Maneuvering in traffic is pretty easy now but steering wheel is heavy
• Avg. I am getting now is around 11 – 12 kmpl

Overall very roomy car and is nice to drive around the city. Will soon be testing it out on the Highway and the Hills and update further how it goes.
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Hi,

Let me be the first one to congratulate you for your new car.

Please do keep the thread updated with A.S.S experience.

Wishing you happy and safe driving!

PS - The road in the picture looks bit familiar, is it Rohini?
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PS - The road in the picture looks bit familiar, is it Rohini?

Thanks for the wishes, yes this is rohini road
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Hi Jaxy !

Congrats for the New Car. Its awsome the way u have mentioned features

Infact lot of features !!!

No wonder Corolla Altis is the best selling car in its segment and overall its a wonderful package
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Hey dude, congrats on your new acquisition. Lets get some interior pics too buddy.
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Jaxy,

Congrats on your new steed. Looks good in the picture.

Only two airbags? That is some shocker for the price it comes at. Did you get a chance to try the cruise control? Check if it is possible to deactivate the chimer for passenger seat belt with the service center - for 90 secs, it will be really irritating. It is nice to have the 'eco mode' indicator feature.

Please share more exterior and interior pictures.

What is an Optitron meter?

Again congrats on your acquisiton and have a safe drive.
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Congrats on the purchase. Is there a waiting period on the Altis? If yes, what is the waiting period. Some pictures in Daylight please.
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Congrats on the Corolla. The additions on the car are noteworthy.

Enjoy many more happy miles with the Corolla.

Do post more pics.
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Great review Jaxy- crisp and to-the-point! Please post more pics and keep your thread updated.

First on the forums of the new 7-speed Corolla AT, I guess. I like this car much better than previous generations. But lack of rear AC vents is a big boo-boo, even a car like Vento one segment down has this!
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Short and Neat review! Thanks Jaxy for sharing the details. Not often we get to see the Corolla Altis review on Team-Bhp. Personally I think the Altis is most complete car from the Toyota stable in India (more than the likes of Fortuner or Innova). And it got even better with the facelift. Please share more pictures of the car
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What is an Optitron meter?
I reckon it's Toyota speak for an instrument cluster that's always lit up. Other cars, it lights up only when the headlamps/park lamps are turned on. More of an aesthetic feature than anything else. DRL of instrument clusters if you may.
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An Altis with a 7 speed CVT is something that I could only dream of till last year or infact, till the time I bought my car this year before the new version of the Altis was launched. Congratulations on your purchase! Wish you an ever increasing odo count non-stop!
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Congratulations on the New Altis purchase.
Can you please tell me the total onroad price for it and the waiting period.
Even I was looking for a new AT and would like to know about New Altis AT.
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Thanks guys for your wishes.
as luck would have it, new car is bound for its owner's 1st heart burn, in my case it happened today.
A thief has stolen my side mirror with the mechanism completely.
God knows how to prevent this.
Anyway, it sure is a heat burn but i have made sure i launch an FIR and our resident welfare association is going to take this with SHO and lets see where it goes from there.
By the way got to know its 4th theft in last week for side mirrors.
I am just happy he hasnt left nasty lines on my car, what do you suggest guys should i claim insurance or just buy it off the market?

on road price of the car came around 16.94 (excluding the accessories cost) and the pearl white color is readily available. I got the car in 8 days. Other colors have 3 months waiting.
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Thanks guys for your wishes.
as luck would have it, new car is bound for its owner's 1st heart burn, in my case it happened today.
A thief has stolen my side mirror with the mechanism completely.
God knows how to prevent this.
Anyway, it sure is a heat burn but i have made sure i launch an FIR and our resident welfare association is going to take this with SHO and lets see where it goes from there.
By the way got to know its 4th theft in last week for side mirrors.
I am just happy he hasnt left nasty lines on my car, what do you suggest guys should i claim insurance or just buy it off the market?
Oh man!

In which sector of Rohini is this happening? (We also have our residence here).

I advise you to cover your car overnight to protect it from thieves’ eyes. As of now just purchase the part as I don't think you should claim insurance and waste the no claim bonus. If it is expensive then you can consider insurance.
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