Will we ever know why the chicken crossed the road? Or who came first, the chicken or the egg? Doesn’t it matter? A vegetarian will eat the egg. A poodle eats the chicken, and a vegan goes to buy expensive things from Woolworths and tells you about it.
The Toyota is Suzuki
Well, it’s kinda the same as cars. Just because most people do not know that their Japanese car is made in India. Or that Michio Suzuki founded the Suzuki Motor Corporation in 1909 and Kiichiro Toyoda founded the Toyota Motor Corporation several years later in 1937. And that Game Toyota Starlet I’m about to tell you about it really Suzuki Baleno.
But the Toyota badge has such power in South Africa, even though they are honestly the same; made in the same Suzuki plant in India, with Suzuki parts, and only packaged in a slightly different way, the Starlet sells like hot cakes but can Baleno he only succeeded brilliantly locally.
Suzuki builds great little cars but it’s this incredible brand strength and related attitude that ultimately makes all the difference and I headed down to Cape Town to drive the most popular Toyota badge.
There’s nothing too exciting about what I’m going to say next. The Toyota Starlet is a traditional backyard that offers a decent level of detail and space married with an engine that is good for commuting and not wasting fuel now that has been given a medium-life spruce.
From the outside you may notice the extra chrome details and newly invented headlights on the front, and on the back, new railing clusters are connected to some other chrome.
Slightly wider rubber on 15-inch steel wheels and new 16-inch dual-directional alloys, depending on model, complete the look.
A lot of device
On the inside, the infotainment systems are upgraded; Xi and Xs derivatives now have a standard seven-inch touch screen system, while the top-spectrum Xr gets a larger nine-inch unit.
As would be expected these days, both systems are compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and you now get fast – charging USB ports in the back (as well as the front).
The Xr model also features a keyless entry, push-button start, cruise control, reverse camera, auto-dimming rear-view mirror and two additional speakers out of a total of six.
The Multi-Information Display has been upgraded to the TFT color type and features a variety of telemetry screens including a g-sensor and a power / torque monitor.
Rear parking sensors assist drivers, Hill Assist Control, Vehicle Stability Control, ABS, EBD and ISOFIX anchor points are all standard across the range, and driver and passenger airbags are attached to side airbags and curtains on the Xr again.
On the move
So what is it like to drive? Well, the use of high-strength and ultra-high-strength steel in key areas for enhanced rigidity has increased, and the suspension has also undergone a complete overhaul.
The rear torsion beam has undergone changes, new coil springs have been introduced, and a recalibrated damping in conjunction with an additional 20 mm of suspension travel.
This is said to have been done to improve the quality of the ride without compromising on handling, and what I can say is that the Starlet offered a very comfortable drive in and around Cape Town. It’s not a precise track – oriented machine, but did you honestly think it ever was?
Waiting for the more relaxed nature of things, a four-speed automatic transmission option now comes with the five-speed manual options.
Despite the fact that the bonnet now has a stronger nine – kilowatt 1.5 – liter engine that offers 77 kW of power and 138 Nm of torque, going fast will not be at the top of your priority list. A real-world fuel consumption figure of just under 6.0-liters per 100 km will bother you even more.
All Starlet models sold with service plan by service / 45 000 km and three year warranty / 100 000 km.
Star 1.5 Xi – R 226 200
Star 1.5 Xs – R 239 100
Star 1.5 Xs AT – R 261 100
Star 1.5 Xr – R 294 900
Star 1.5 Xr AT – R 313 300
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