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The All New Toyota Starlet

by Yan Musikingala

Toyota South Africa just revealed their new collaboration with The auto manufacturer Suzuki

on their new project The “Toyota Starlet”. The new compact hatch is set to replace the existing Toyota Etios.


The Toyota Starlet is a spacious and fun four door compact hatchback which shares the same platform design/body and interior with the Suzuki Baleno but having a slight different wheel and grille design.

The Starlet has a sleek silhouette and rides on standard 15-inch steel wheels.

Standard paint offered are : Mystic Pearl White, Ice Silver, Torch Red, Iron Grey Metallic and Urban Blue.


The starlet comes packed with a number of standard features such as :

Electric power steering (EPS) manual tilt adjustable with audio/phone mounted controls , electric powered windows all around, manual climate control.

Seating capacity of 5 with 2 in front and 3 at the back, child seat lock at the back, 12V power Socket both at the front and rear, 6 speakers, 1 USB charging port, Bluetooth.

Variants and Additional Features

Offered in 3 different variants, the standard Xi , Mid-class Xs and the top-class Xr.

The Xs carries all the standard features but upgrades to a 16-inch alloy wheels.

As for the Xr additional LED headlights with daytime running lights (DRLs), Multi function touchscreen infotainment display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

A push start button, leather wrapped-steering wheel with cruise control, rear parking sensors with reversing camera, chrome door handles, chrome belt line finishes with roof spoiler and rear privacy glass.


The new Toyota Starlet is powered by a 1.4 Liter Four Cylinder (inline 4) Petrol engine, delivering 68 kW (91 Hp) at 6000 rpm coupled with either a 4-speed automatic or 5-speed Manual transmission pushing the power trough the front wheel (FWD) with a maximum torque of 130 Nm at 4200 rpm.

The starlet has a manageable fuel consumption of 5.1 L / 100km


When it comes to safety the Starlet come equipped with ABS, EBD, brake assist system and Stability control.

Driver and passenger airbags for the Xi and Xs model, the Xr model gets up to 6 airbags.

Anti-Theft System, Immobiliser Alarm, Centre Rear Seatbelt, Standard 3-Point

Child Lock with Child Restraint System (ISOFIX).


The new Toyota Starlet is available in Manual and Automatic,

Toyota Starlet 1,4 Xi (Manual) : R204 900

Toyota Starlet 1.4 Xs (Manual) : R215 200

Toyota Starlet 1.4 Xs (Automatic) : R235 700

Toyota Starlet 1.4 Xr (Manual) : R258 500

Toyota Starlet 1.4 Xr (Automatic) : R272 500

sold with a 3-year/100 000 km warranty and a 3-service/45 000 km service plan. 

Images: Toyota South Africa

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