Better in every department
An all-new Corolla Quest has been launched, and it raises the bar substantially.
If anyone ever tells you the sedan is dead, have a look at the sales figures of the Corolla Quest. The outgoing model generated sales of over 63 000 units in South Africa during its lifespan, which is why Toyota Motors South Africa didn’t hesitate when confronted with the decision to build a new generation.
Essentially, the Corolla Quest uses the previous-generation Corolla as a base, which is how Toyota is able to offer it at such good value. The 2020 Corolla Quest therefore uses the 11th-generation Corolla platform in a quest to continue the legacy of value-minded motoring with comfort, space and style.
Buyers will be pleased with how Toyota has given the new Quest a thoroughly modern new face that mirrors that of the new Corolla and other models in the Toyota stable. Where the outgoing Quest no doubt does the job and does it well, there can be no arguing that the new one is sexier, particularly when viewed in profile and from the front. Everything from the turned-up boot lid to the attractive alloy rims and the very swept-up headlights above the sculpted front air scoops says that this is a new car designed to be as good looking as it is practical.
This theme is followed through in the interior, where the new Quest makes use of Toyota’s modern design language, which is clean and fuss-free, without doing away with everything that the driver wants and needs being at hand. It is here that possibly the greatest leap forward has been made from generation to generation.
The higher-specced Exclusive models even have leather upholstery, as well as auto air-conditioner, push start with keyless entry, TFT-colour instrument cluster, rain-sensing wipers and LED headlamps. This is all over and above the features found in the mid-range Prestige grade, which has a touchscreen DVD audio system with six speakers, reverse camera, cruise control, leather steering wheel, combination fabric and leather seats plus the aforementioned 16-inch alloy wheels.
Even the entry-level Quest is fitted with auto door-lock with remote operation, electric windows, air-conditioner, steering wheel switches, follow-me-home headlamps, radio/CD with USB, Aux and four integrated speakers.
Another big selling point for the motoring public will be the new engine to be found across the range. With a capacity of 1.8-litres, it is a great selling point in a market segment where 1.3 or 1.6-litre engines are the norm. Toyota is able to fit this engine and maintain an incredible value offering because it is an engine used on a vast scale around the world. It produces 103kW and 173Nm, and one of the advantages of the 1.8-litre engine is that the torque figure is not only higher but also produced 1200 rpm earlier, compared to the outgoing 1.6. This offers an enhanced driving experience – one of the key attributes customers identified in research done by Toyota while designing the current model. Average fuel consumption is claimed to be 7.0 l/100km for manual models and 6.3 l/100km for models equipped with the CVT option – which is actually better than the outgoing 1.6-litre mill.
Finally, the all-important safety question is comprehensively answered in the Quest. All Quest models now come with driver, passenger and driver-knee airbags, while the Prestige and Exclusive models receive side airbags too.
Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) with Hill Assist Control (HAC), ABS, EBD, Isofix, LED daytime running lights and rear fog lights are standard across the board.
The Toyota Corolla Quest range starts at R249 900 and progresses to R317 700. A 3-services/45 000km service plan is included, with intervals pegged at 12 months/15 000km. A 3-year/100 000km warranty is also standard.