Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) has revealed pricing and specification for the facelifted Starlet.  See pricing below…


Outside, the most notable upgrades come in the shape of a refreshed grille, flanked by revised headlamps, and a new front bumper. Entry-level Xi trim and mid-tier Xs grade feature halogen front lamps, while the range-topping Xr features LED lighting units, complete with auto light control. Xs and Xr derivatives also come with LED foglamps. All models are fitted with LED rear lights. Xs variants are equipped with 15-inch steel wheels, while the Xs and Xr gain 16-inch alloys.

Inside, all derivatives feature fabric upholstery, touchscreen infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto screen mirroring, and automatic climate control. Toyota Connect is also standard. Three USB ports are present. Boot capacity is rated at 314 litres. 


In addition to the items mentioned above, Xr models gain a reverse-view camera, cruise control and telescopic adjustment for the multifunction steering wheel and height adjustment for the driver’s pew. This trim grade also upgrades to six speakers for the audio system (Xi and Xr feature four speakers). This variant also features smart entry. 

Standard across the range, all models feature a drive and passenger airbag, with the Xr gaining to side and curtain items. A duo of Isofix child-seat anchorages is included with all three trim levels. 


The updated Starlet is powered by a 1.5-litre engine. The four-cylinder petrol unit produces 77 kW and 138 Nm of torque. A five-speed manual ‘box and four-speed automatic transmission are on offer. Equipped with the manual gearbox, the Starlet’s atmospheric motor sips a claimed 5.4 L/100 km. The automatic model has a claimed figure of 5.7 L/100 km. 

Each model ships with a three services/45 000 km service plan. A three-year/100 000 km warranty is included in the asking price. 

Toyota Starlet pricing:

  • 1.5L Xi MT: R226 200
  • 1.5L Xs MT: R239 100
  • 1.5L Xs AT: R261 100 
  • 1.5L Xr MT: R294 900
  • 1.5L Xr AT: R313 300