The Toyota Corolla Quest gets updated
The Toyota Corolla Quest has established itself as a formidable player in the local sedan market. First launched in 2014, the Corolla Quest employed the established credentials of the 10th-generation Corolla in a value-focused package – offering the space and comfort of a C-segment sedan at a B-segment price point.
Sticking to the same proven recipe, the new Corolla Quest adopts the outgoing 11th-generation Corolla platform in a quest to continue the legacy of value-minded motoring with comfort, space and style.
The previous generation Quest and Corolla duo racked up a combined 136 880 unit sales (Quest contributing 63 966 units), making them SA’s most loved sedans. In a time of ever-increasing SUV adoption, the pair achieved a 71% share of the C-segment – maintaining momentum in the compact sedan segment.
“Understanding that there is still a need for an affordable sedan in our market was one of the driving factors in developing the new Corolla Quest. We conducted numerous product clinics to gain a better understanding of what our customers wanted and where we could adapt our product offering to better suit the market needs”, says Glenn Crompton, Vice President of Marketing.
As mentioned the new Quest is based on the outgoing 11th-generation Corolla. This brings with it modernised styling, improved specification levels and enhanced safety features. They've also switched to a new 1.8-litre engine across the board and expanded the line-up to offer three grades for six models in total.
The Corolla Quest went through a thorough development programme which aimed to maintain the Quality, Reliability and Durability (QDR) level whilst implementing cost reduction – to the ultimate benefit of the customer. Likewise, the switch to a three-grade strategy, enables Toyota to offer three distinct variants with distinct specification levels, thereby catering to different customer needs.
On the exterior front, the most noticeable difference is the front fascia. The front bumper has been given an updated treatment (grade dependent), replacing the gunmetal accent trims previously employed. The standard and Prestige models utilise a continuous matte-black lower apron, whereas the Exclusive model boasts partial colour coding.
The headlight trim matches the radiator grille treatment (matte black vs colour), with the front fog lights now phased out. At the rear, the number plate garnish has been changed from chrome to body colour.
On the interior front, Corolla Quest is equipped with three bespoke interior trim combinations. The standard model makes use of a Black and Blue combination textile with a fixed rear seat. Prestige variants are equipped with a fabric and leather combination – available in either Blue/Black or Grey with red accents. The range-topping Exclusive, features a black leather interior with silver contrast stitching and a 60/40 split rear bench.
In response to customer feedback, safety features have been amplified considerably. All Quest models now come with driver, passenger and driver-knee airbags – while the Prestige and Exclusive models received 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.
All models feature 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.
The Prestige models receive an upgrade to a touchscreen DVD audio system with six speakers, reverse camera, cruise control, leather steering wheel, combination fabric and leather seats plus 16-inch alloy wheels.
The Exclusive grade adds auto air-conditioner, push start with keyless entry, TFT-colour instrument cluster, leather seats, rain-sensing wipers and LED headlamps.
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