The 11th-generation Toyota Corolla sedan has arrived almost 18 months after its hatchback sibling went on sale.

2014 Toyota Corolla Sedan ZR

The new-generation four-door model is priced from $20,740 – a drop of $250 over the existing model range which went on sale in 2007, and a $750 premium over the hatchback version.

Three trim levels are available for the Toyota Corolla sedan lineup, with two new names joining the ranks: the entry-level model continues as Ascent, the mid-range is the $22,990 SX (udown $1500 on the existing Conquest) and the flagship is the $30,990 ZR (down $1000 on the outgoing Ultima flagship).

The Corolla range is powered by the same 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine as the hatch, producing 103kW of power and 173Nm of torque. The two entry-level models have a six-speed manual as standard, while the ZR gets a CVT automatic (optional on Ascent and SX at $2250).

Fuel use is 7.0 litres per 100 kilometres for the manual, and 6.6L/100km for the auto – an improvement of about 4 per cent.

All Corolla sedan models get seven airbags (dual front, front side, full-length curtain, driver’s knee) and reversing camera and rear sensors. Toyota says it expects to achieve a five-star ANCAP crash test rating.

As with the rest of the Toyota range, the Corolla sedan has a capped-price servicing plan priced at $130 per visit, with services scheduled every six months.

2014 Toyota Corolla Sedan Key Features: Model by Model

Ascent

1.8L four-cylinder engine

Six-speed manual

15-inch steel wheels

Bluetooth phone and audio streaming

Touch-screen 6.1-inch media system with USB and auxiliary inputs

Reversing camera

Reversing sensors

Cloth seats

Cruise control

SX

As Ascent, adding/changing to:

16-inch alloy wheels

Front parking sensors

Front fog lamps

“Optitron” instruments

Smart key entry and push-button start

Interior chrome detailing

Premium steering wheel

ToyotaLink media system with on-board apps

ZR

As SX, adding/changing to:

Automatic CVT with paddle shifters

Auto levelling LED headlights

LED daytime running lights

Satellite navigation

Auto wipers

Single-zone climate control

Leather seat trim

Electric driver’s seat adjustment

Rain-sensing wipers

2014 Toyota Corolla sedan range

  • Ascent sedan 1.8L 6-speed manual – $20,740
  • Ascent sedan 1.8L CVT auto – $22,990
  • SX sedan 1.8L 6-speed manual – $22,990
  • SX sedan 1.8L CVT auto – $25,240
  • ZR sedan 1.8L CVT auto – $30,990