2018 Toyota Corolla Quest Road Test

2018 Toyota Corolla Quest Road Test

Evergreen Corolla still popular with pre-owned buyers.

Quest 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                                                         - Electric windows
  • Central Locking                                                          - Bluetooth connectivity
  • CD-Player                                                                    - USB Port
  • On-Board trip computer                                            - Dual Airbags and ABS Braking
  • Multi-media infotainment system                             - 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!
  • Great residual values
  • Comfortable and spacious at this price point
  • Ride comfort
  • Toyota Reliability

X A little bland for some