Toyota Corolla is a very popular car in almost every part of the world, including Pakistan and is said to be one of the most budget friendly and feature rich sedans.
In Pakistan, however, the car market is discriminated and car brands deteriorate their product line’s quality to reduce the cost and ultimately increase the profit on each sale.
Same goes for Corolla, the Pakistani version does not come with international grade features and components. On the latest Corolla’s Altis 1.8 and 1.6 variants, the infotainment system is so poor that the users have flooded local online forums with their complaints due to its mediocre functionality.
Apparently, the infotainment system is running on an outdated operating system and the hardware is also not capable to carry out simple tasks such as viewing Google Maps or playing music.
Here’s what one of the owners had to say about their Altis;
Dear Indus Motor Company. The infotainment unit in Altis 1.8 and Altis 1.6 facelift are not up to mark and should be recalled immediately.
They are a blot on the face of such a nice car.
In 1.8 variants, the player despite updates installed by the vendor still freezes a lot and lags. Plus the quality of front and the rear camera is also substandard as the display is full of waves and distortion and night view is very bad.
We request you to recall this unit and replace it with some latest model whose hardware is capable enough to run the latest version of android with sufficient ram.
Another owner added,
Agreed, I’ve the Grande FL head unit.
The HU is poor and the hardware used in it is outdated, it is running an extremely old android OS (4.4.2) and the processor used is a few years old as well (ARM Cortex-A7) with 1GB RAM (usable RAM is 833MB).
HU lags and hangs on Google maps.
Has issues with Bluetooth and would randomly stop playing music after 20-30min and would only work after turning Bluetooth on and off.
When the device is lagging, turning volume up/down from steering can take up to 30-40 seconds to take effect.
Since, it has a very old android OS, a lot of apps are not compatible with the HU.
Even their vendor admits, it is a slow device so we have to deal with it and in one instance said, these issues are in Civic turbo as well (same vendor) like that justifies the issues in grande’s HU.
I hope someone from IMC is reading this and gets the issues resolved because it looks like a dated hardware issue.
Aggrieved, the owners even sent complaints to the main headquarters of Toyota in Japan, but their calls got redirected back to Indus Motors Corporation (IMC) offices in Pakistan.
Hopefully, Toyota recalls all the faulty cars and fixes this issue because a Corolla Altis does not come cheap, the quality of its features should justify its cost and has to at least come close to the international variants.