Yep. An advantage of Torsion beam is that mechanically, it doesn't require wheel alignment for the entire life cycle of the car. Then, there is the cost/weight/space factor. But, it all ends down to personal preference.
Secondly, the older TypeR in UK which "had" independent suspension is actually, quicker around corners than new one (Source: TG Lap times). New Euro Civic's styling exactly matches the crowd that buys this car there.
the front discs are ventilated,which means no skidding even for non-abs models
Even old Corolla's discs were ventilated. Even Santro's front discs are ventilated. Its been 8-10 years now since all C-seg. cars are coming with ventilated discs.
AND, skidding has almost nothing to do with ventilated discs. Skidding occurs due to a large brake booster and absence of ABS.
What you guys DO NOT realize (read all your posts) is that Cruise Control is NOT the only thing that sets this Corolla apart from Civic. The Sequential Manual (perhaps above your comprehension here) is above CR. If anyone has driven a car with SMG in Manual/Sports mode then he'll know what i'm talking here about.
There ARE small goodies/niceties on this model but on the whole, I'd skip this generation of Corolla/Civic and place my money on next gen Corolla/Civic, Mark II Grande, CL7/9, Mark X 2.5 or even 2008 Mitsu Lancer!
2.0 Common Rail D4-D is a dream in Pakistan which will never come true due to the presence of the Holy Diesel we have here. sighs