thanks guys, the 2KD is more than enough engine for this vehicle and its intended use. However if anyone really wanted to, they could add an intercooler (and bonnet scoop) and gain a few more ponies. personally i don't think i'll be doing that as this a just an office run-about.
The old 5LE version (3L non-turbo) was an absolute dog and was not worth a penny as is was as slow as a snail. The vehicle has benefitted allot from the 2KD powerplant. I havn't done any performance runs or fuel economy calculations yet as it is still doing its run-in and is still on its first tank of diesel. From what i can feel from the first 2000rpm is that it'll be quick enough, but nowhere near as fast as the 3.0L version. adding an intercooler WILL make it faster though.
Interior quality and build quality is good (expected from a new car) and i think it'll wear well over time.
yup, both have the same engine the only difference is that this one has an AC and ABS, airbags, stereo etc.
yup, same colour as the corolla, it's made in the same plant and offered in the same corolla colours.
I only have one interior pic at the moment so here you go: