The base Ascent Hatch rolls on 16-inch wheels made of steel. The first step up is to the Ascent Sport Hatch, which has lighter wheels made from an alloy of aluminium, a reversing camera, foglights at the front, more chrome and a unique grille.
There’s an RZ model that ramps up the aesthetics with black alloy wheels and various exterior black trim elements. It also gets satellite navigation.
Spend more for the Levin SX Hatch and the alloy wheels grow to 17 inches and mount still wider and shallower tyres, which sharpens steering response and adds grip. You get satellite navigation, sports front seats (which have more side-support, for fast cornering), and various sporty visual elements, including an instrument cluster trim that imitates the charcoal coloured, woven look of expensive and lightweight carbon fibre.
The flagship hatchback, the Levin ZR, brings daytime running lights with long-lived LED bulbs, heating for the exterior mirrors, dual-zone air-conditioning, and heated front seats. The headlamps not only dip automatically for oncoming vehicles but also adjust their beams to help you see around corners. There is keyless entry: you can unlock the car while leaving the key safe in a pocket or handbag. The seats are trimmed in a combination of real leather and fake leather.
On the sedan side, the Ascent Sedan has smaller steel wheels than the base hatch, at 15 inches. Spend more for the SX Sedan and you get bigger, 16-inch alloy wheels. The SX also adds front parking sensors to the Ascent’s rear sensors, and is fitted with foglights. There is keyless entry. There is also Toyota Link, which works with smartphones to operate apps built in to the main display.
The ZR sedan picks up brighter, more efficient and longer lasting LED headlamps, automatic wipers that operate when a sensor detects rain on the windscreen, and a powered driver’s seat. (Unlike the Levin ZR Hatch, the ZR sedan has only single zone air-conditioning and its headlights do not adjust for corners.)