[CAR REVIEW] Toyota Starlet vs VW Polo Vivo – which one should you buy?
RELATED CAR REVIEW: Toyota Starlet: 'Good, fuel-efficient, safe car at a very good price'
The new Toyota Starlet 1.4 starts at R205 000.
It is, according to motoring journalist Ciro de Siena, a “very decent car that makes enormous sense”.
The Starlet, according to De Siena, is safe and one of the most fuel-efficient petrol engines on the market.
The Volkswagen Polo Vivo hatchback – it needs no introduction, there are Polos everywhere - is about R10 000 more.
Pippa Hudson asked De Siena which one he recommends.
I’m impressed by Toyota’s pricing on the entry-level models; it’s below the Suzuki Baleno [the Starlet is a rebadged Baleno] …Ciro De Siena, motoring journalist
The price of Toyota’s warranty top-up blows my mind. You can go from a three-year warranty to six years for just over R3000!Ciro De Siena, motoring journalist
I like the Starlet very much, mostly because it’s a Suzuki Baleno.Ciro De Siena, motoring journalist
There’s nothing wrong with the Polo. There’s a reason they sell so many of them; they make so much sense. But I can’t ignore the security risk – it’s the most hijacked car in South Africa.Ciro De Siena, motoring journalist
There’s a new trend of parts being stolen off them. A friend of mine owns a panel beater… he’s just replacing Polo lights all the time! … It’s tragic. The Polo is a victim of its own success… VW sells more than 3000 Polos each month…Ciro De Siena, motoring journalist
Listen to the interview in the audio below [skip to 19:30].
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