@jayb, sars, wahabriaz....
Well, I don't think ABS makes braking distance short. A lot of people confuse it with that. It simply adds steering capability during braking to steer through obstacles.
Toyota XLi and Gli share common brake that is four wheel disc, with GLi having ABS.
I have actually driven both Corolla and Honda city....Corolla brakes are soft ( I don't mean they do not respond but rather makes the car stop gradually)....with Honda city the brakes are instant ( I mean you really have to press it softly to avoid instant stand still).