QUEST IS BEST AMONG FAMILY FAVOURITIES
THE least expensive in this class is the Toyota Quest, selling for R199 400, with the VW Golf 7 the most expensive family favourite at R329 900.
This class is the exception to the rule, where two similar cars, the Toyota Corolla Quest and Prestige, are both included. This is based on their respective sales figures — the Quest sells about 600 a month, the Prestige 800 — and this, I think, warrants individual status for each.
The market is slightly different, borne out by the fact that the more expensive model, the Prestige, — R276 150 — is more popular.
The Toyota pair head this highly competitive class, the Quest this year has just come in with the cheaper parts basket at R72 659 (R69 446) to the R76 267 (R67 078) for the Prestige.
In a surprise third position is the Mazda 3 at R97 343 (R133 327 for last year !) — moving it from last in the class in 2015 to third this year.
Golf 7 is the cheapest to service at R3 968, followed by Chevrolet Cruze at R4 361. To repair these family favourites you are better off if you drive a Mazda 3 with a repair basket at R13 272 or a Honda Jazz at R13 520.
To crash or not to crash — the Toyotas are the least costly for crash parts, the Quest at R50 168 and the Prestige at R54 744.
Some brands are very expensive in this section — pushing close to or over R100 000 for the 17 crash parts.