Case study: midsize family sedans
0 to 100 km/h: 11,1 sec Top speed: 185 km/h Power: 90 kw Torque: 154 N.m CO : 150 g/km CAR fuel index: 7,6 L/100 km 2
THERE is a huge number of Corollas on the roads, and for good reason. These cars represent excellent value for money, are reliable and offer ample space for five passengers on comfortably moulded seats. The ride quality is excellent, so long journeys between cities will not be burdensome.
The boot isn’t the largest here, offering 368 litres as opposed to the 384 and 400 litres of the others. Even so, it’s big enough to accommodate most things thrown its way. The rear seatbacks cannot be folded to increase packing space but that is advantageous in terms of security, providing an extra layer of protection should someone break a window in an attempt to gain access to your goods. The Quest’s naturally aspirated 1,6-litre engine is a rev-happy unit but needs to be worked to keep it on the boil. Given its relatively high power output, fuel consumption is actually pretty good, helped out by the engine’s variable valve timing.
It works well with the four-speed transmission, too, thanks to well-chosen ratios.
The ride quality is excellent and the steering, although electrically assisted, is light but not bereft of feel.
Dealer support is second to none and parts pricing should not break the bank.
Unlike the Ballade with its six airbags, here you get just two up front, but the Quest has all the mod-cons.