Here in Pakistan build quality for the new pieces is usually good.
It's good because It's made with better materials, as time passes manafacturer's quality start's to decrease.
On paper the Corolla GLI/XLI is really underpowered. The last gen with a lesser weight but same engine was underpowered too!
This new model has an even Increased weight and has a tiny 1.3L engine.
This means that It's power:weight ratio wouldn't be good at all.
But as I said It's on paper for a more realistic view get your-self a test drive booked!
If I were you I would have waited for the new City then would have made a choice.
I am not a fan boy of either but for me City would remain a better choice.
Or If you can arrange a lil more money then go for Civic base model or the Altis 1.8L Base model!