Sticking to the same proven recipe, the new Toyota Corolla Quest adopts the outgoing 11th-generation Corolla platform in a quest to continue the legacy of value-minded motoring with comfort, space, and style.

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What differentiates Toyota Corolla Quest interior sponsored cosmetically from the 11th-generation Corolla?

On the exterior front, the most noticeable difference is the fascia. The front bumper has been given an updated treatment (grade dependent), replacing the gunmetal accent trims previously employed. The standard and Prestige models utilise a continuous matte-black lower apron, whereas the Exclusive model boasts partial colour coding.

The headlight trim too matches the radiator grille treatment (matte black vs colour), with the front fog lights now phased out. At the rear, the number plate garnish has been changed from chrome to body colour.

On the interior front, Corolla Quest is equipped with three bespoke interior trim combinations. The standard model makes use of a Black and Blue combination textile with a fixed rear seat. Prestige variants are equipped with a fabric and leather combination – available in either Blue/Black or Grey with red accents. The range-topping Exclusive, features a black leather interior with silver contrast stitching and a 60/40 split rear bench.

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Why the change to a 1.8-litre engine?

This was one of the key research areas when we started the development brief. The reason for this is quite simple, the 1.8-litre is standardised across more Toyota models globally versus the previously fitted 1.6-litre engine – providing cost and sourcing benefits for TSAM.

The 1.8-litre mill produces 103 kW and 173 N.m at 4 000 r/min. One of the advantages of the 1.8-litre engine is that the torque figure is not only higher but also produced 1 200 r/min earlier, compared to the 1.6. This offers an enhanced driving experience – one of the key attributes customers identified in the research. Fuel consumption is listed as 7.0 L/100km for manual models and 6.3 L/100km for models equipped with the CVT option – which is actually better than the outgoing 1.6-litre mill.

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How many models are there in the new Quest range?

The new Quest has been designed to appeal to a broader target audience compared to the outgoing model. With this in mind, we’ve expanded the product range to cater to a wider spectrum of buyer and allow the new Corolla Quest to appeal to the values of the traditional Corolla buyer. Using a singular engine, we’ve created three grades; ‘Standard’, Prestige and Exclusive.

The standard model is a no-frills variant, catering to the business user and focusses on value-for-money motoring. It makes use of a functional matte-black grille and bumper finishes, with 15-inch steel wheels and core specification features. The Prestige grade offers a blend of value and style, with colour-coded exterior treatment, 16-inch alloy wheels and added comfort ‘spec’. At the top of the range is the Exclusive model, which adds chrome exterior elements, a colour-coded front bumper treatment and a high-standard specification set.

All three grades are offered in both six-speed manual and CVT transmission guise – creating a matrix of six models. The standard features list echoes the exterior grade strategy and provides a significant ‘spec’ upgrade versus the previous model (even on the ‘standard’ grade).

What are the safety upgrades you mention?

This is one of the standout features of the new Toyota Corolla Quest. In response to customer feedback, we’ve amplified the safety features considerably. All Quest models now come with Driver, Passenger and driver-knee airbags – while the Prestige and Exclusive models receive side airbags too.

Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) with Hill Assist Control (HAC), ABS, EBD, Isofix, LED daytime running lights and rear fog lights are standard across the board.

How do the other specification features rack up?

All models feature auto door-lock with remote operation, electric windows, air-conditioner, steering wheel switches, follow-me-home headlamps, radio/CD with USB, Aux and a minimum of four integrated speakers.

The Prestige models receive an upgrade to a touchscreen DVD audio system with six speakers, reverse camera, cruise control, leather steering wheel, combination fabric and leather seats plus the aforementioned 16-inch alloy wheels.

The Exclusive grade adds auto air-conditioner, push start with keyless entry, TFT-colour instrument cluster, leather seats, rain-sensing wipers and LED headlamps.

What about the service plan and warranty?

All Corolla Quests are sold with a 3-services/45 000 km service plan with intervals pegged at 12 months/15 000 km. A 3-year/100 000 km warranty is included.