The 2020 Toyota Corolla Quest comes with more power

The Quest is the cheaper, more affordable version of South’s Africa’s favourite Corolla, and it’s just gotten better with more power and standard features. Based on the 11th generation Corolla, the 2020 Toyota Corolla Quest should hit showrooms this month (March 2020). Let’s look at what changes we can expect in the new Quest:

The 2020 Toyota Quest comes in three variants namely Standard, Prestige and Exclusive. All the models feature the same 1.8L engine and front-wheel-drive configuration. However, customers can choose between manual and automatic transmissions.

While the previous Quest came with a 1.6L engine, Toyota has replaced it with a 1.8 litre, four-cylinder petrol engine generating 103kW and 173 Nm of torque. The power goes to the front wheels via a six-speed manual transmission. Customers can also opt for a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) for an extra price. 

Toyota says the 2020 Quest manual will consume 7.0 litres for 100 km. The automatic Quest is less fuel-efficient at 6.3l/100km. These are the claimed figures though, and mileage will depend a lot on how you drive this car. 

As the name suggests, the ‘Standard’ is the base model featuring matte-black grille and bumper, and 15-inch steel wheels. If we take a step ahead, the ‘Prestige’ gets colour-coded exterior finish, 16-inch alloy wheels, and extra comfort. The flagship ‘Exclusive’ is the best among all boasting chrome exterior elements, a colour-coded front bumper, and high-class standard facilities. 

All the models come equipped with auto door-lock with remote operation, electric windows, air-conditioner, steering wheel switches, follow-me-home headlights, radio/CD with USB, Aux, and a set of four speakers. If you are willing to spend more money for the ‘Prestige’, you can also enjoy a touchscreen DVD audio system with six speakers, reverse camera, cruise control, leather steering wheel, combination fabric, and leather seats. For a premium experience, opt for the ‘Exclusive’ and benefit from the auto air-con, a push start with keyless entry, rain-sensing wipers and LED headlights.   

The entry-level Corolla Quest comes with a R249,000 price tag, with manual transmission. Opt for the automatic and the price bumps to R270,000. The Prestige with manual transmission starts at R286,500, while the CVT adds R10,300 in the total price. As evident, the flagship Exclusive is most expensive of all with a price of R307,400. Those who select this model with CVT have to dish out R317,700.

The 2020 Toyota Corolla Quest is a highly capable sedan, which would serve best to small families as well as fleet owners and Uber drivers. If we talk about drivability, we heard that the manual Quest drives better in terms of acceleration than the one featuring the CVT, but overall it is a stable, solid, and reliable sedan with good customer support and easy availability of spare parts. We highly recommend this passenger car to families and fleet owners.      

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