Juliet reviews…The Toyota Corolla Quest

Some might only see an Uber car when they look at a Toyota Corolla Quest, but let me tell you, it can be so many other things too. This budget sedan offers space, practicality and reliability, making it a fantastic family car. Customers are so SUV-crazy at the moment that sedans are often over looked. And they shouldn’t be.

The Corolla Quest first launched back in 2014 and was based on the 10th generation Corolla. After huge sale success, think almost 64 000 units sold, the new Corolla Quest is based on the outgoing 11th generation Corolla. However, it is not merely a de-specced Corolla as many might think. Think of what Volkswagen does with its Polo and Polo Vivo, this is pretty much exactly the same thing.

The most noticeable difference on this Quest is the front facia which sees an updated bumper. The cabin is equipped with three bespoke trim combinations. The standard model has a black and blue combination textile with a fixed rear seat. The Prestige has a fabric/leather combination  available in either black/blue or Grey with red accents. And the top of the range Exclusive model boasts a black leather interior with silver contrast stitching and a 60/40 split rear bench. This is the model I drove and one can tell there has been a huge upgrade in terms of the interior. It just feels far more modern. Although, the infotainment system is taken from the Hilux and Fortuner and doesn’t have any traditional buttons, including a lack of volume button which can prove rather annoying. But if it is practicality you are after, then this Exclusive model is the one you will want to look at. I had to fit a 3m rolled up carpet in to this car and I was so grateful for the seats that fold down. And speaking of practicality, the boot is the same size as the standard Corolla.

The Quest use to have a 1.6-litre naturally aspirated engine but it now boasts a 1.8-litre engine offering more power but a lower fuel consumption. Best of both worlds I say. It has 103 kW and 173 Nm and is mated to either a six-speed manual or CVT transmission. The CVT is perfect for city driving only letting us a bit of a whine and a screech when you push it on the highway.

This updated Corolla Quest builds on the need for affordable sedans. There is one to fit every budget. And all models come standard with auto door-lock with remote operation, electric windows, air-conditioner, steering wheel switches, follow-me-home headlamps, radio/CD with USB, Aux and a minimum of four integrated speakers. Not to mention the safety features which include driver, passenger and driver-knee airbags, as well as 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. Talk about great value for money!

TOYOTA COROLLA QUEST PRICING

1.8 Quest: R260 000

1.8 Quest CVT: R278 600

1.8 Quest Prestige: R295 200

1.8 Quest Prestige CVT: R305 800

1.8 Quest Exclusive: R316 700

1.8 Quest Exclusive CVT: R327 300

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