Toyota sprung with the introduction of the new-generation Corolla Hatchback in 2019 and keeps the heat on for 2020 with new design, audio, connectivity and utility upgrades. It’s a very good time to be a hatch fan.
The high-style Corolla Hatchback struck a resounding chord with drivers who value authenticity, utility, practicality and style – all packaged with Toyota’s renowned quality, durability and reliability. Now, for 2020, the Corolla Hatchback completes the connectivity trifecta by adding Android Auto compatibility to the Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa connectivity that debuted in the 2019 model. Expanding listening choices, the super-well-equipped SE grade joins the XSE in making SiriusXM All Access Satellite Radio standard with a three-month trial.
Blackout trim is the hot trend among luxury and performance cars, and it looks fantastic on the Corolla Hatchback, too. For 2020, there’s a new black roof option available in combination with the Blizzard Pearl, Oxide Bronze, Classic Silver Metallic, Smoked Paprika and Blue Flame exterior colors. Next, the new Nightshade option makes the Corolla Hatchback look like it has been through a high-end custom paint shop without the high price tag. It’s available for the SE grade with Dynamic-Shift CVT option.
The 2020 Toyota Corolla Hatchback Nightshade Edition starts with the blacked-out 18-inch alloy wheels from the Corolla XSE grade. In between, the blackout look permeates the lower rocker panels, front valance, door handles, mirror caps, shark fin antenna, rear roof spoiler and headlight inner frames.
Hatchback buyers like utility as much as style. For 2020, the new Enhanced Cargo Space option for the Corolla Hatchback SE adds six cubic feet of space by lowering the cargo floor, made possible by switching out the spare tire for a tire repair kit.
The bold look of 2020 Toyota Corolla Hatchback begins with its rounded, muscular physique accented by chiseled character lines and simple, condensed three-dimensional highlights. Combined with the 16 or 18-inch wheels, the shape gives the Hatchback an active, well-planted attitude.
Slim, J-shaped Bi-Beam LED headlamps wrap deeply into the front fenders and give Corolla Hatchback a distinct expression. The all-LED taillamps feature a diffusing inner lens designed to highlight the Corolla Hatchback’s stout stance.
The car’s profile and hatch area underscore Corolla Hatchback’s athletic presence. The hatch’s slope catches the eyes while eluding the wind. Made from TSOP (Toyota Super Olefin Polymer) and ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene), the lightweight hatch is easy to open and close and helps aid fuel efficiency.
The SE and XSE model grades are easily distinguished at a glance. Both feature LED headlamps and taillights, chrome rear diffuser and alloy wheels. The XSE ups the ante with 18-inch wheels, LED fog lights, chrome front grille surround and an available (with CVT) Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFS). The Bi-Beam LED units move vertically and horizontally to help provide optimal light output by analyzing steering angle, vehicle speed and the vehicle’s longitudinal angle to adjust the lamps.
The 2020 Toyota Corolla Hatchback color range includes Blue Flame, Blizzard Pearl, Classic Silver Metallic, Midnight Black Metallic, Galactic Aqua Mica, Smoked Paprika Metallic and Oxide Bronze.
Simple. Warm. Inviting. Sensuous. You’d expect such adjectives from the luxury car realm, yet these also inspired designers when visualizing the 2020 Toyota Corolla Hatchback cabin. The result is called “Sensuous Minimalism.” It’s equal parts sporty and elegant, and, as always, Corolla-comfortable and durable.
Minimized gaps between buttons and switches, along with the elimination of unnecessary lettering on switchgear, adds to the premium ambience. Consistency in all materials’ and elements’ shape, color, grain and gloss help maximize continuity and aesthetic quality.
The standard 4.2-inch or available 7-inch thin-film transistor (TFT) Multi-Information Display (MID) is located between the tachometer and speedometer. With the larger display, the driver can switch between analog and digital speedometer styles. Featuring rich graphics, the easy-to-read MID can be custom configured by the driver and offers intuitive operation to access information for the audio and multimedia systems, including: hands-free phone operation; navigation; vehicle information including fuel efficiency and tire pressure; Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC), and other important parameters and system settings. The driver can operate the system via steering wheel-mounted controls and voice command.
Powertrain and road noise in the 2020 Corolla Hatchback are hushed thanks to drivetrain efficiencies and the widespread deployment of sound-absorbing materials, including Thinsulate, sealants, foams and silencer pads. Combine with Corolla’s quiet powertrain, and the Hatchback is the ideal space to enjoy music through the Toyota Audio system with a standard 8-inch multimedia touchscreen. This intuitive portal provides access to vehicle settings, audio controls, navigation, smartphone and App Suite 3.0. Climate controls, located below the multimedia portal, are fashioned in a bright, highly visible digitized configuration.
The center console incorporates a tray ahead of the gearshift that can hold small items such as a smartphone or wallet or, if outfitted, serves as the Qi wireless device charging area. A 5.5-inch smartphone can easily fit inside the center console box. High-gloss materials are paired with matte elements – silver accents with Piano Black and available contrast stitching – to accentuate a premium look and feel.
Seating comfort, always a Toyota strength, is optimized in the Corolla Hatchback to provide a more natural body posture and position for ideal access to the multifunction steering wheel, pedals, and gearshift. Ample front door storage includes cup holders that can fit 24-ounce bottles. Rear seat passengers have upper door cup holders that hold 16-ounce bottles.
There’s no shortage of entertainment and connectivity inside the 2020 Toyota Corolla Hatchback. For SE, the standard Audio includes the 8-in. touchscreen, six speakers, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Amazon Alexa compatibility, App Suite Connect, Safety Connect, Wi-Fi Connect, Scout GPS Link Compatible, Siri Eyes Free, Auxiliary audio jack and USB 2.0 port with iPod connectivity and control, AM/FM, MP3/WMA playback capability, SiriusXM All Access satellite radio with three-month trial, hands-free phone capability, voice recognition and music streaming via Bluetooth.
Toyota Audio Plus, standard on XSE and optional on SE (with CVT), adds HD Radio and Weather/Traffic info, Connected Services, Service Connect and Remote Connect.
Topping the range, available Premium Audio for the XSE grade (with CVT) delivers a sonic knockout punch. The JBL 8-speaker, 800-watt system includes Clari-Fi technology, which analyzes and restores audio signals that were degraded by digital compression, making these formats sound more “open.” This system also includes JBL Dynamic Voice Recognition, Dynamic Navigation, Dynamic POI Search and Destination Assist Connect.
Highlights of the 8-speaker array include free-standing horn tweeters in the A-pillars, 6.7-inch door subwoofers and sealed inner door panels to promote cleaner, more powerful bass response. Whatever kind of music fed into it, this system rocks. Rounding off connectivity are two USB ports (located inside the center console and instrument panel) and one AUX port (located on the instrument panel).
Toyota continues to lead the pack when it comes to safety, and the 2020 Corolla Hatchback provides drivers and passengers with standard safety technologies that take one step closer to achieving the ultimate goal of zero casualties from traffic accidents.
The Corolla Hatchback comes standard with the second generation of Toyota Safety Sense (TSS). The updated safety package adds new active-safety technologies and capabilities that enhance protection. It include Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (Manual Only), Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Automatic High Beam, Lane Tracing Assist and Road Sign Assist.
The 2020 Toyota Corolla Hatchback has seven standard airbags and Toyota’s Star Safety System, which includes Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Brake Assist, Anti-lock Braking System, and Smart Stop Technology. Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) is standard on XSE and available on SE. The Corolla Hatchback also comes equipped with a standard backup camera.
The TNGA-based powertrain is the heart of the 2020 Toyota Corolla Hatchback. Its 2.0-liter Dynamic-Force direct-injection inline four-cylinder engine (M20A-FKS) adopts the latest in Toyota technology and structural efficacies for gains in power, fuel efficiency, and cleaner emissions.
Physically, the engine is smaller and lighter than its 1.8-liter four-cylinder predecessor, which helps to lower the Corolla Hatchback center of gravity and benefits its overall balance. The 2.0-liter is also quieter for improved Noise Vibration Harshness (NVH) with additions like a more rigid crank case with integrated stiffener, a lighter resin cylinder head cover, and a ribbed oil pan.
The M20A-FKS is equipped with Toyota’s latest D-4S fuel-injection that uses high-pressure direct-injection and low-pressure PFI (Port Fuel Injection). The setup adapts its injection method based on driving conditions so that ideal combustion is executed. The engine also features Dual VVT-i (Variable Valve Timing-intelligence), with VVT-iE (Variable Valve Timing-intelligence by Electric motor) on the intake side and VVT-i on the exhaust. VVT-iE uses one electric motor instead of oil pressure to control the variable valve timing. Together, the valve timing systems enhance power output and fuel mileage, and cut harmful emissions.
Drivers will appreciate the Corolla Hatchback available transmissions: a Dynamic-Shift CVT (K120), or a six-speed iMT (Intelligent Manual Transmission) gearbox (EG60). The Dynamic-Shift CVT has simulated 10-speed Sequential Shiftmatic steps, Sport Mode, and paddle shifters. It features a number of innovative elements, including the world’s first launch gear in a passenger vehicle CVT.
Having a launch gear facilitates improved transmission efficiency in lower gear ratios where belt efficiency is typically poor. The transmission system utilizes gear drive when starting from a full stop, resulting in powerful acceleration, while at the same time, resolving the momentary sluggish feeling that was previously present during accelerator operation. Both smooth and comfortable launch performance are realized. When switching from gear drive to belt drive, the transmission system uses highly responsive gear change control technologies cultivated from automatic transmission technology.
2.0-Liter Dynamic Force 4-Cylinder DOHC 16-Valve D-4S Dual Injection with Dual VVT-i
Bore x Stroke
80.5 x 97.6 mm (3.17 x 3.84 in.)
Horsepower (SAE Net)
168 hp @ 6,600 rpm
151 lb-ft @ 4,800 rpm
Electronic, Toyota Direct Ignition (TDI)
Direct Injection, Port Injection
87-octane unleaded or higher
EPA Fuel Economy (city/highway/combined MPG)
Dynamic Shift CVT – with physical first launch gear
iMT (Intelligent Manual Transmission) – with rev matching capability
Zero to 60 mph
8.5 sec (CVT)
7.5 sec (MT)
16.5 sec @ 85.4 mph (CVT)
16.0 sec @ 87.0 mph (MT)
MSRP for 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback