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Hatchbacks you can buy for the same price as the new Toyota Starlet

The latest iteration of the Toyota Starlet is now available in South Africa, offering a solid choice in the popular hatchback category.

The Starlet is available in five models, with prices ranging from the entry-level Xi at R226,200 to the top-of-the-line XR at R313,300.

Under the hood of the Starlet is a 1.5-litre petrol engine, delivering 77kW and 138Nm to the front wheels via a four-speed automatic or five-speed manual gearbox.

The result is a combined fuel consumption of 5.4-5.7l/100km, a 0-100km/h acceleration time of 11.2 seconds, and a top speed of 160km/h for the automatics and 175km/h for the manuals.

Standard features on the hatchback include a fabric upholstery, automatic air-conditioning, power-retractable wing mirrors, a multifunction steering wheel, four speakers, rear parking sensors, hill-assist, and a boot with 314-litres of storage.

The Starlet also includes a touchscreen infotainment system of between 18-23cm, depending on the model, with support for Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Toyota Connect for in-car WiFi.

Upgrading to the top-end XR model will add cruise control, a reverse camera, park distance control, two more speakers, keyless entry, and a leather steering wheel to the list of features.

Furthermore, the XR is fitted with LED daytime-running lights, chrome door handles, LED foglamps, automatic LED projector headlights, a black chrome grille, auto-folding side mirrors, and 16-inch alloy wheels to help differentiate itself from the rest of the range.

Finally, all versions of the new Toyota Starlet are sold with a 3-year/100,000km warranty and a 3-services/45,000km service plan.

The hatchbacks

Detailed below are the hatchbacks selling for roughly the same price as the updated Toyota Starlet.

Click on the underlined prices for more information.


Renault Kwid 1.0 Climber auto – R201,400


Suzuki Celerio 1.0 GL auto – R209,900


Toyota Agya 1.0 auto (audio) – R211,400


Fiat 500 TwinAir Cult – R223,900


Kia Picanto 1.0 Street auto – R223,995


Suzuki Swift 1.2 GLX – R226,900


Hyundai Grand i10 1.0 Fluid – R232,900


VW Polo Vivo hatch 1.4 Trendline – R235,200


Suzuki Baleno 1.4 GLX – R270,900


Kia Rio hatch 1.2 LS – R283,995


Mazda 2 1.5 Active – R289,100


Citroen C3 1.2 Feel – R299,900


Opel Corsa 1.2 – R299,900


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