The all-new Toyota Starlet has hit South African shores with spunk and attitude. This new urban hatchback was built to show off – good performance, fuel efficiency and affordable pricing – amplified by a modern exterior design, spacious interior and enhanced specification levels.
To elaborate, the modern exterior of the Starlet follows a classic hatchback profile. The front of the vehicle has a v-shaped front grille joined by two vertically-arranged headlamps with chrome inlay. And prominent wheel arches give the Starlet a sure-footed stance. The interior layout prioritises spaciousness and ergonomics without compromising on flair. This can be seen as the driver is greeted by a bright and easy-to-read instrument cluster with on-centre Multi-Information Display (MID) and dual analogue gauges.
The Starlet boats stylish turbine-shaped 16” alloy wheels with 185-55R16 rubber* and is powered by a 1.4 litre DOHC four-cylinder engine. The engine exhibits a rev-happy character and makes light work of the daily commute. Power output is pegged at 68 kW @ 6 000 r/min with 130Nm of torque @ 4 200 r/min.
The flagship Xr models receive the full package, comprising chrome door handles, rear privacy glass, front fog lamps, LED + Projector headlamps with daytime running lights (DRL), side-mirror mounted indicators and a roof spoiler. Moving to the interior, the spec level is amped up courtesy of a digital speedometer with colour Multi-Information Display, leather steering wheel with telescopic adjustment, park distance control (PDC), reverse camera, air conditioner and Push Start ignition. Cruise control is also provided, operated via steering-wheel-mounted switches.
Xi and Xs models feature a double-DIN audio system with CD/Bluetooth/USB/Aux functionality, playing through 6-speakers. Xr models offer a feature-rich touchscreen audio system complete with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration for navigation, telephony and music-streaming services. USB, Bluetooth and MP3/Aux compatibility remains – offering the user a wide variety of in-vehicle entertainment sources. Reverse camera monitoring is also embedded within the infotainment system.
All Starlet models are also equipped with the Toyota Connect telematics system which includes an in-car Wi-Fi hotspot and complimentary 15GB data. Once linked to their profile, customers can manage their vehicle via the MyToyota App.
All Starlet models come equipped with safety and security equipment which include active electronic aids such as Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), EBD, Brake Assist (BA) and Vehicle Stability Control (VSC). Automatic transmission models also include Hill-Assist Control (HAC). Xi and Xs models are fitted with Driver and Passenger (D+P) airbags, while the Xr variants also feature Curtain and Side airbags (C+S). Two ISOFIX points and a security system are provided across the board.
*Available on selected models
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