Case study: mid­size fam­ily sedans

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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.

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