Toyota launches new R200,000 hatchback in South Africa

Toyota has launched its new Starlet hatchback in South Africa, the first car to come out of a new brand alliance between Toyota and Suzuki.

The Starlet is powered by a 1.4-litre four-cylinder engine generating 68kW at 6,000 rpm with 130Nm of torque at 4,200 rpm.

Two transmission choices on offer include a 5-speed manual and 4-speed automatic, all driving the front wheels. Toyota said that the manual Starlet is capable of 0-100km/h in 10.9 seconds, while the automatic variant can reach 0-100km/h in 11.6 seconds.

Toyota said that low fuel consumption is a key feature, with the fuel index registering between 5.1 and 5.4 litres/100 km depending on variant. A 37-litre fuel tank provides an effective range of over 700km on a single tank. Towing capacity weighs in at 400kg unbraked and 1,000kg braked.


The Starlet is available in Xi, Xs and Xr symbols.

“Despite serving as the entry point to the Starlet range, the Xi model is generously specced, featuring air-conditioning, electric power steering, dual 12-volt power outlets, electric windows, tilt-adjustable steering column, 60/40 split rear seats, power-adjustable side mirrors and remote central locking,” Toyota said.

The Xs model adds alloy wheels, while the flagship Xr models receive the full package, it said.

This includes chrome door handles and side mouldings, rear privacy glass, front fog lamps, LED + projector headlamps with daytime running lights (DRL), side-mirror mounted indicators and a roof spoiler.

All Starlet models come equipped with safety and security equipment which include active electronic aids such as 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).


Toyota said that all Starlet models are sold with a 3-services/45 000 km service plan – with 15,000 km service intervals. A 3-year/100 000 km warranty is also provided.

  • Starlet 1.4 Xi MT – R204,900
  • Starlet 1.4 Xs MT – R215,200
  • Starlet 1.4 Xs AT – R235,700    
  • Starlet 1.4 Xr MT – R258,500    
  • Starlet 1.4 Xr AT – R272,500

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