The new winning Toyota Corolla Quest

The 2020 Toyota Corolla Quest. It’s all-new, although it looks pretty much identical to the outgoing Corolla model. After almost six years since the launch of the original Corolla Quest, the 11th-generation Corolla might look rebadged, but there’s more to it than that. It shares certain aspects with the Hilux and Fortuner models built alongside it.

South Africa is the only country in the world where this Corolla sedan is still being built, through a detailed development programme to make it more affordable. The newcomer aims to maintain the Quality, Reliability, and Durability (QDR) level. The Corolla Quest has enabled Toyota a 71% share in South Africa’s compact family car market. And, for 2020, Toyota adds a new Corolla Quest with modernised styling, improved satisfaction levels, and enhanced safety features.

The new Corolla sedan bawl refined, smooth-riding and fine-handling. More spacious than before, and with a standard 1.8-litre engine (previously 1.6-liter), it’s something to look forward to. The key difference between the new Corolla Quest and the outgoing model is that the new Quest is splitting off into a model range of its own. Three different trim levels will be available to cater for owners in fleets, taxi companies, the now go-to model for Uber, and Taxify/Bolt users, as well as the family market, and the junior executive buyers.

The three grades of trim are Standard, Prestige and Exclusive. They are fitted with a reasonably extensive features list that carries many of the older model’s features over. The Standard Quest, however, doesn’t differ much more than the old Quest. It’s equipped with auto-door locking, electric windows, four speakers, and airbags for passengers and the driver (including the driver’s knee).

The Prestige model has additionally (than to what the Quest already offers), six speakers, a multi-media system that reads DVDs, a leather steering wheel, cruise control, cloth-and-leather-covered seats, and 16-inch alloy wheels. The top-of-the-range Exclusive model offers keyless-entry and -start, rain-sensing wipers, auto headlamp levelling, LED headlamps, and leather seats.

Producing 103kW, the new engine feels more comfortable to drive, and a lot torquier than the old 1.6-litre engine. It sounds great under less strain and gains momentum much smoother. Customers can choose between a 6-speed manual or a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT or automatic transmission). Toyota SA claims average fuel consumption of 7.0L/100km for the manual and 6.3L/100km for the automatic.

Regarding safety, Isofix child-seat anchors, vehicle stability control, hill-start assist, rear fog lamps, LED daytime running lights, and a rear seatbelt buzzer/lamp are standard across the range. Five exterior colours are available – Chromium Silver, Arizona Red, Graphite Grey Metallic, Glacier White, and Seaside Pearl Metallic.

Toyota Corolla Quest Range & Price in SA

  • 1.8 Quest – R249 900
  • 1.8 Quest CVT – R270 400
  • 1.8 Quest Prestige – R286 500
  • 1.8 Quest Prestige CVT – R296 800
  • 1.8 Quest Exclusive – R307 400
  • 1.8 Quest Exclusive CVT – R317 700

The new Quest is sold with a 3-services/45 000km service plan with intervals pegged at 12 months/15 000km. A 3-year/100 000km warranty is included.
The new Quest range will undoubtedly be a roaring sales success because it’s decent to drive and generally well-made too. It represents excellent sense, and it’s a win all round.