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    Hey all,

    Got delivery of an Altis a few days back. Had'nt come across any in depth reviews while I was thinking of purchasing one, so figured that the following review, however subjective, may be of some use and interest to those who are thinking of buying the Altis and to others.

    Comparisons to other vehicles are to vehicles which I have driven. Technically, I am a lay-person. Also, all statements are subjective and are not meant to be categorical; to each their own.

    Car under review: Toyota Corolla Altis, manual transmission, colour: flaxen mica.

    Exterior: Well, most of you will have seen the exterior. Not much different from the GLI except for the fog lamps, side skirts and chrome inserts in the side mouldings. Nevertheless, I think it looks great, especially in this colour. The addition of rims and new tires though, makes a world of a difference to the overall look of the car. I went straight from the dealership to the tyre shop (Khan Tyres, Melody Market, Islamabad--excellent service once you get to know the owner). Got sporty (but not too flashy) 15 inch five spoke rims and 205/60 Yokohama ES 100s. The new rims and tires have greatly enhanced the look of the car--its a pity Corolla doesn't have these as standard. However one point to note is that while the Inidan Corolla has a whole host of features, alloys, and a great front grill (same one as the imported Camry), the average price of a fully loaded manual Indian Corolla is upwards of 14.7 lacs. While not completely exonerating Indus Motors, our far lower price is some small comfort.

    Interior: Almost identical to that of the now defunct SE Saloon. Personally, I didn't find the imitation wood finish to be too jarring/obviously fake. The quality of the plastics, while not as good as that of the Civic, seems to have improved. The centre piece of the interior is the Pioneer audio deck. Excellent show piece, and draws oohs and aahs from passengers where the rest of the interior fails to. Driving position is comfortable. Leg room space is also quite decent. Overall the interior cabin appears to be roomier than similar class sedans. Contrary to other comments I have read, road and other exterior noise is fairly subdued. Engine noise does intrude, especially during acceleration, though this may be to the liking of some people.

    Driving/handling/acceleration/braking etc.: Before going into the details, let me say that the Corolla does not dissappoint in this area. The engine of the Altis is spectacular in terms of its delivery while you're driving. The car responds to the slightest touch on the acceleration pedal. Power delivery is there at most speeds, level of rpms. The car surges forward when you press the accelerator whether its running at 2200 rpm in 3rd or at 3600 rpm in 4th. Its a new car so I have'nt pushed it too much but it does do 0-100 kph in under 10 secs (but above 9). Handling wise the change in tires/rims have made a huge difference. Driving the Altis from the dealership to the tyre shop felt at times like trying(but failing)to tame a wild bull. The car seems to be too heavy and powerful for the original spec tyres. With the new tyres and rims, driving the car is a pleasure. Cornering, switching lanes at speed is done assuredly. Also, breaking is excellent. Braking in the SE Saloon, XLI and GLI is terrible. This was a major concern for me, while deciding to buy the Altis, but after a test drive, my fears were allayed. Braking is at least as good as in the Vti. However, I feel the Civic Vti is a more intuitive handling experience--the car works with you from the start, and even a novice driver will appreciate the ease with which that car handles. The Altis, with the new rims and tires, is a great driving experience, but unlike the Vti, it is more a matter of getting to know the car and its limits and taming the beast.

    Passenger comfort, front seat and back seat, far exceeds that of the Civic Vti. To date, passengers of both sexes and all ages have told me how they prefer the ride comfort (especially in the back seat) of a Corolla. The ride comfort has handling impications, but as stated above, the Altis is a rewarding and fun drive.

    Overall, I am of the view that the Altis is a great buy, when compared to other cars available in the Pakistani market. A point to note though is that since my firm will be paying for the petrol and maintenance of the car, I did not consider these otherwise important factors.

    I hope the above was useful and informative to whatever extent. Take care y'all.


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    could you tell me how much did it cost you
    i mean how much the rim costs
    and how about the car price and whats the premium value on it

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    Candy50:
    The list price of the manual transmission Altis is 12,19,000. No premium needs to be paid and delivery is assured within 30 days.

    The rims, at a slight discount, cost 21,000. The tires, also at a slight discount, cost 18,000. The shop credited me 7,000 for the stock tyres and hub caps, which meant I had to pay 32,000.

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    As an add on, to date, the petrol consumption within the city (Islamabad) is approx 10km/ltr, though I have been told that this should improve slightly over the next couple of thousand kilometers.

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    Quite a nice review! keep it up..havent driven altis as yet.. but i think its engine is a gem..
    Power!!

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    The shop that bought your tyres ripped you off my friend. You can easily sell them for 8500 on the market.

    On another note, great review... however I must add the ABS of the Altis is not comparable to that of the VTi although it is a HUGE improvement from the GLi. From my experience it's not as smooth as the Civics ABS.
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    @YasserY: Congrats for the new ride. Impressed by the well-written review. Enjoy your ride.
    Be polite on the road. Always give way to others, particularly ambulances and pedestrians.

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    iVTEC and autophile: Thanks!

    Cylestyne: Really? I know one can get better rates in Pindi, but if the better rates apply to Islamabad as well I will have to have a chat with khan sb!

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    @YasserY: Many congratulations on your new ride. Good review.

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    Congrats brother
    Though i am not a Toyota person but i must say, it is a very well worded review. Excellent communication skills, i am impressed.

    Do u work for a newspaper or something?
    Keep a cool head and wear seatbelts!

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    Veyron: Thanks! And many, many congrats to you as well...

    Spectra: Thanks for the kind words. Am a lawyer, so go figure...!

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    i can only smile
    Playing with words is your bread and butter.
    Keep a cool head and wear seatbelts!

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    Dear YasserY, should someone post here lawyers jokes? I hope you will not sue him! cheerz
    Be polite on the road. Always give way to others, particularly ambulances and pedestrians.

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    @YasserY

    Fill in the blanks

    Paida huey...........to............ne kaha

    I dont wantto write the next sentence
    Keep a cool head and wear seatbelts!

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    autophile/spectra:
    By popular demand, two (tame and strictly PG) lawyer jokes:

    What do you have when there are a thousand lawyers buried up to their necks in sand?

    --Not enough sand.

    If you are stranded on a desert island with Adolph Hitler, Atilla the Hun, and a lawyer, and you have a gun with only two bullets, what do you do?

    --Shoot the lawyer twice.

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    LoL, glad to know that a lawyer has some sense of humour
    Be polite on the road. Always give way to others, particularly ambulances and pedestrians.

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    @YasserY

    thanks for a thorough review on Altis. coincidently i have booked a manual Altis in Flaxen mica colour and its due to arrive first week of Jan, 06.

    your inputs have helped me quiet a bit however please give me the latest update on its fuel average in the city with ac.

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    My brother in law has got one and it gives 10-11 these days in city.
    We have to wait for the summer to get exact average with AC. it wont be more then 9 i guess.
    Keep a cool head and wear seatbelts!

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    mazher: I am based in Islamabad, so no use of A/c these days. However, 9-9.5 km/litre seems like a reasonable estimate.

    Also, I would highly recommend that you change the rims and tyres once you get delivery.

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    YasseY
    Do u Know Afnan Karim Kundi from Kundi and Kundi Associates?

    He is the only Lawyer friend i have
    Keep a cool head and wear seatbelts!

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