Used Car: Toyota Corolla Quest – The Quest to beat the budget

The Toyota Corolla Quest has for many years been one of SA’s top selling sedans and is still going strong.

The Quest range has brought affordability back into the mix as with the Polo Vivo it is based on its previous generation model which enable both VW and Toyota to produce this models at a better price.

So the question is if a used Toyota Quest is any good? Well the answer to that is: Absolutely yes!

1.6 Corolla Quest AT – Front Quarter
1.6 Corolla Quest AT – Rear Quarter

Toyota cars in general are super reliable and affordable to maintain. The Quest specifically makes for a great student car, but then also it makes a well-balanced retirement car.

To be honest it is a bit bland and will not get the heart racing, but it is quite a large sedan at a budget beating price.

The 1.6-litre VVT-I petrol engine is also a bit rev-happy, it delivers 90kW at 6000rpm and 154Nm at 5200rpm. So as you can see you need to push it quite a bit to get some grunt out of it.

1.6 Corolla Quest AT – Interior Front
1.6 Corolla Quest AT – 4spd Auto Gearbox
1.6 Corolla Quest AT – Electric Windows Console

The New Quest Models are priced as follow:

1.6 Corolla Quest Manual – R215,200

Airconditioner
Front and Rear Electric Windows
Electric Power Steering
Multi-information Display

1.6 Corolla Quest AT – R231,500

Airconditioner
Front and Rear Electric Windows
Electric Power Steering
Multi-information Display

1.6 Corolla Quest Plus Manual – R232,000

Airconditioner
Front and Rear Electric Windows
Electric Power Steering
Multi-information Display
Bluetooth, Radio and CD player, Audio Jack and USB port

Secondhand models that is a year old with about 25,000km on the clock is priced as follow:

1.6 Corolla Quest Manual – R189,900 est.
1.6 Corolla Quest AT – R199,900 est.
1.6 Corolla Quest Plus Manual – R209,900 est.

So yes the difference in price is not massive but that is due to the fact that the Corolla holds its resale value quite well. By buying secondhand you will still be saving around R20,000 per model.

The Corolla Quest in general does not have any common major faults to worry about and is a great all-round reliable vehicle.

Expect to see many of them on the road as the Uber drivers just loves them too.

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Murray Kroucamp

Murray Kroucamp Has a passion for cars and the wonderful world of motoring journalism. Background includes: Regulatory liaison; Customer Experience Executive Complaints Management; Data analyst. Founded the Mazda 2 Owners page on Facebook in 2008. Founded Murray’s Car Reviews (South Africa) on Facebook in 2015 which has around 800 active members. Also started writing car reviews on Linkedin in 2017. Working on turning the hobby into a profession.

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