The all-new Toyota Corolla Quest has landed in South Africa. Herewith the full specifications and pricing for the latest iteration of the popular budget-oriented sedan range.
It's a qualified success story – in combination with its Corolla sibling, the Corolla Quest has enabled Toyota to corner 71% of the compact family car market in South Africa. And, for 2020, Toyota SA (TSAMM) has revealed a new iteration of its budget-oriented sedan, which is based on the outgoing (11th-generation) Corolla 4-door. The good news is that it will still be assembled in South Africa, at TSAM's facility in Durban and it will hit showroom floors from March 2020.
By virtue of being based on a newer (albeit legacy) product, the new Corolla Quest brings with it modernised styling, improved specification levels and enhanced safety features compared with its predecessor. It's not simply a de-specced rehash of the outgoing Corolla, though. The newcomer went through a detailed development programme, which aimed to maintain the Quality, Reliability and Durability (QDR) level, while cost-saving measures were implemented. For example, the Corolla Quest makes use of the IMV (locally-built Hilux and Fortuner) colour palette, headliner material and seat fabric, while its floor silencers, seat cross-braces and bracketry, have been sourced from local suppliers.
From launch, there are 3 grades of trim: standard, Prestige and Exclusive and all 6 derivatives are powered by a 1.8-litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine. Compared with the previous model's 1.6-litre motor, the 103 kW 1.8-litre unit not only produces more torque (173 N.m) but 1 200 rpm earlier in the rev range (4 000 r/min), for improved drivability.
Customers can choose between a 6-speed manual or a continuously-variable (automatic) transmission. Toyota SA claims an average fuel consumption figure of 7.0 L/100 km for the manual and 6.3 L/100 km for the CVT.
A total of 3 trim levels are offered for the Corolla Quest.
Toyota Corolla Quest trim levels:
Features matte-black grille/bumpers, daytime running lights (DRLs), rear fog lamps and 15-inch steel wheels. The cabin is trimmed in black and blue combination fabric. The rear seatback is fixed.
- Multifunction steering wheel
- Electric windows
- Remote central locking
- Manual aircon
- Radio/CD with 4 speakers, USB+Aux+Bluetooth
- Headlamp levelling (manual)
- Follow-me-home lighting function
Toyota Corolla Quest Prestige
Features colour-coded exterior details, DRLs, rear fog lamps and 16-inch alloy wheels. The cabin is trimmed in a combination of fabric and leather – in blue/black or grey with red accents. The rear seatback is fixed.
- Leather-trimmed steering wheel
- 6-speaker audio system
- Touchscreen infotainment system/DVD player
- Reverse-view camera
- Cruise control
Toyota Corolla Quest Exclusive
Features chrome detailing, colour-coded front bumper treatment, LED headlamps and DRLs, rear fog lamps and 16-inch alloys. The cabin is trimmed in black leather with silver contrast stitching. The rear seat splits 60/40.
- Keyless entry and push-button start
- Speedometer with TFT colour display
- Automatic aircon (climate control)
- Speedometer with TFT colour display
- Auto-dipping (self-dimming) rear-view mirror
- Auto wipers & headlamp levelling
Upgraded safety specification
All Quest derivatives now come equipped with driver-, front passenger- and driver-knee airbags – while the Prestige and Exclusive versions feature additional side airbags.
Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) with Hill Assist Control (HAC), ABS with EBD, ISOfix child-seat anchors and a rear seatbelt buzzer/lamp are standard throughout the range.
Toyota Corolla Quest price in SA (January 2020)
The new Toyota Corolla Quest is sold with a 3-services/45 000 km service plan with intervals pegged at 12 months/15 000 km. A 3-year/100 000 km warranty is included.
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