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[REVIEW] Toyota Starlet: 'Good, fuel-efficient, safe car at a very good price'

29 September 2020 2:31 PM

"The Toyota Starlet makes enormous sense," says motoring journalist Ciro de Siena. Got R204 900?

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Toyota discontinued its popular but long-in-the-tooth Etios in March.

In its place comes yet another Indian-built model, the Toyota Starlet.

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The Starlet is, in fact, a rebadged Suzuki Baleno.

It’s already in showrooms across the country – got R204 900?

Pippa Hudson asked motoring journalist Ciro de Siena what he thinks about the newest “affordable” Toyota.

I’m not sad about that [the discontinuation of the Etios] at all…

Ciro De Siena, motoring journalist

It’s a very decent car and a very good price point… It’s identical to the Suzuki Baleno… Spec for spec, however, the Toyota is R17 000 cheaper… The entry-level Starlet will set you back R204 9000…

Ciro De Siena, motoring journalist

The Starlet makes enormous sense… it’s probably one of the most fuel-efficient petrol engines on the market…

Ciro De Siena, motoring journalist

Safety? It’s quite good…

Ciro De Siena, motoring journalist

Listen to the interview in the audio below.


29 September 2020 2:31 PM

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