Corolla 1.3 is not at all underpowered car. Japanese pagal nahi. they spend billions on R&D.
my parents have 1.5 aspire prosmatec. its a pretty uncomfortable car as compared to corolla.
we use city inside islamabad and still its uncomfortable as there are tonnes of rotten roads and potholes in actual islamabad.
i would say "'Ankhien band ker kay"' Corolla le lien.
Fuel consumption would be almost similar local usage.