2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback XSE Review: iM Lovin’ It

 

Verdict 6.3 / 10

Buyers in the market for something affordable and reliable swarm to the Toyota Corolla like fast-food junkies flock to McDonald's hamburgers. Like the Golden Arches’ patty, the Corolla has made a name for itself as a basic, affordable option, that will get you through the day. But sometimes that burger needs a bit more sauce – thankfully, the five-door Corolla Hatchback offers all the fixins’.

Replacing the formerly Scion-branded iM, and riding on Toyota's New Global Architecture (or, TNGA), the Corolla Hatchback is the more entertaining alternative to the fundamental four-door. And like any good burger, this one is worth the wait.

Pricing 7/10

The compact segment is filled with a bunch of affordable options. The entry-level Corolla Hatchback follows the same affordability them – it starts at $21,090. Although that makes it a bit pricier than the Mazda3 ($19,345) and Civic ($20,150) hatchbacks, the base Corolla SE makes up for its added cost thanks to additional standard safety features and a standard 8.0-inch touchscreen. The real value, however, is the higher-end XSE model, tested here.

Toyota asks just $24,090 for the sporty XSE model, while Honda wants $28,750 for its comparable Civic Sport. Even with options like the continuously variable transmission ($741) and access...