2018 Toyota Corolla Quest Road Test

Evergreen Corolla Quest still popular with pre-owned buyers.

Charl Wilken
Corolla Quest
Value for money

Although the Corolla Quest is always a generation behind the current Corolla range on the market, buyers still get all the inherent Toyota attributes of reliability, good build quality and value. To some the interior might look a little dated. As an entry level mid-size saloon buy it’s a very sensible choice to consider at this price point.



Model: 2018 Toyota Corolla Quest 1.6

Pre-Owned Price: R 179 900

Mileage: 40 400km

Maintenance Plan: Remainder of 3-year/45 000km (Extendable to 7-years)

Fuel Consumption (combined): 6.6-litres/100km

0-100km/h: 10.5 seconds

Contact: Contact Kahlil Brinkhuis from Imperial Toyota Kempton Park at 087 803 1636            


Background and condition of vehicle:

  • All-round Toyota quality and the use of durable materials ensured that our Corolla Quest was in a very tidy condition after 40 400Km of mileage.

  • The only defect we noticed was some scuffmarks on one of the wheel covers, which can easily be replaced at minor cost.

  • For the rest the car seemed in perfect shape. Even the tyres seemed good for a lot of mileage still. 


Performance and Economy:                                                                                                   

  • A look under the bonnet revealed a neat and tidy looking 1600cc 16-valve VVT engine.

  • The engine pushes out 90kW and 154Nm of torque.

  • The Quest delivers respectable performance with a quoted 0-100km/h time of 10.5-seconds.

  • The engine also provides decent driveability in and around town and combined with the slick shifting 6-speed manual box, driving the Corolla Quest is a reasonably effortless exercise.

  • Fuel economy is quite average at 6.6-litre per 100km.


How does it drive?

  • Ride Comfort proved to be excellent compared to other vehicles in the price segment.

  • The Quest isolates engine and road noise well, though not necessarily the best in class.

  • For a vehicle with just over 40 000km on the clock, the Corolla Quest still felt solid on the road.


Inside the vehicle:

  • Interior material quality looked decent, although clearly designed with cost in mind.

  • Hard to the touch plastic trim is used through-out the cabin.

  • The plastic trim however proved to be very durable, as most of the trim still seemed scratch free.

  • The interior is pretty basic but did include most of the essential luxury features:

    • Air-conditioning 

    • Central Locking

    • CD-Player 

    • On-Board trip computer  

    • Multi-media infotainment system

    • Electric windows

    • Bluetooth connectivity 

    • USB Port

    • Dual Airbags and ABS Braking

    • Full size spare wheel  


Space and Practicality:

  • As a medium sized saloon the Corolla Quest scores good points for interior space, with plenty of leg and headroom in the front as well as the rear of the cabin.

  • The boot space of 450-litre is also good for a vehicle in this price segment.                      


Reasons to test drive the Corolla Quest: 

  • The Toyota Corolla retains its value better than most of its rivals.

  • Strong reliability ensures that the Corolla remains a top-class pre-owned purchase. 

  • A very safe pre-owned vehicle purchase!


The Final Verdict: 

(+)  Great residual values

(+)  Comfortable and spacious at this price point

(+)  Ride comfort

(+)  Toyota Reliability

(-)  A little bland for some