Launched recently, the new Toyota Starlet joins the market segment with a host of new safety features, fresh looks as well as interesting specifications to make it stand out in the subcompact fold.
The new Starlet joins the segment in three trim levels; Xi, Xs and top-of-the-range Xr. All the trim levels can be had either with a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission.
Depending on the variant, the new Toyota Starlet comes with LED headlights, unified sleek chrome and prominent lower air dam and wide-mounted fog lights. There are body-coloured side-view mirrors with built-in turn signal lamps as well as a blacked-out A-pillar and a sporty roof spoiler.
The aft view features stylish two-piece rear light clusters and a broad, chrome tailgate garnish that completes the sporty profile.
All new models of the Toyota Starlet now feature a 23 cm touchscreen audio system with USB, Bluetooth and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto interface, as well as two rear USB chargers by default. There is automatic climate control, power-retractable mirrors, electric windows and a Multi-Information Display as standard.
The range-topping Xr gets a smart entry, push start, cruise control, reverse camera, auto-dimming rear-view mirror and two tweeter speakers making them a total of six. The multi-information display is upgraded to the colour TFT type and boasts a variety of telemetry-themed screens including a g-sensor and power/torque monitor.
As for the space, the new Toyota Starlet boasts an improved thigh and shoulder support, 60:40 split seatback as well as a boot that measures 314 litres. It can be further expanded by folding the rear seats to a generous 1,057 litres, the same as the Baleno.
Engine and Transmission
Powering the new Toyota Starlet is a bigger 1.5-litre K15B engine that also powers the Urban Cruiser which replaces the outgoing 1,4-litre unit.
The new engine makes 77 kW and 138 Nm of torque sent to the front axle either via a five-speed manual transmission or a four-speed automatic gearbox.
Fuel Economy and Performance
Speaking of performance, the new Starlet hurtles from 0-100 km/h in 11.2 seconds en route to a top speed of 175 km/h.
It averages between 5.4l/100km and 5.7l/100km while CO2 emissions check-in at 127 to 133 g/km.
On the safety side, the new Starlet adds rear parking sensors, Hill Assist Control, Vehicle Stability Control, ABS and EBD across the board. There are driver and passenger airbags with the Xr grade featuring Side and Curtain Airbags. ISOFIX anchor points are standard across the range.