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Toyota Starlet summary

The Toyota Starlet was a subcompact car produced 1973 to 1999 that replaced the Publica but kept the Publica's "P" code and generation numbering. In some markets, the first-generation Starlet was marketed as the Publica Starlet.

The Starlet was first introduced in April 1973 as a higher-grade and larger version of the Publica P30, with engines ranging from 1,000 to 1,200 cc. The automobile resembled a shorter Corolla in appearance. Originally, the body type was only offered as a two-door coupe. In October 1973, the four-door sedan was introduced.

The Toyota Starlet went through multiple facelifts and generation updates during its life cycle. The fifth generation Starlet, known as the Starlet 90 series, was released in 1996. It kept the same three- or five-door hatchback concept. The front doors had a sloped-down belt line, which was a unique design.

The engine, suspension, and several other components of the fifth generay Starlet were shared with the Paseo. The RHD (Right hand drive) Starlet had a unique dashboard with somewhat taller centre AC outlets, whilst the LHD (Left hand drive) Starlet shared the dashboard with the Paseo and Tercel.

The Starlet was discontinued in the year 1999, and was replaced by the Toyota Yaris.

The Toyota Starlet was powered by a 1.5 litre (1453 cc) four-cylinder diesel engine that churns led out 54 bhp of max power and 91 Nm of peak torque

Toyota offered the Starlet in only the diesel fuel type.

The engine on the Toyota Starlet came mated to a 5-speed manual transmission.

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The Toyota Starlet was a subcompact car that was introduced for the first time in 1973. Throughout its lifespan, the Toyota Starlet saw numerous facelifts and generation updates. The Starlet 90 series, the fifth generation Starlet, was released in 1996. The Starlet was succeeded by the Toyota Yaris when it was discontinued in 1999.

The Toyota Starlet was offered only in a single variant. It was a diesel variant.

Top features on the Toyota Starlet include foldable rear seats, rear wiper with rear defogger, power steering, and air conditioning. Some models even got a sunroof, digital clock, and alloy wheels.

Safety wise, the driver's side SRS airbag and ABS were standard on all high-grade models.

The Toyota Starlet was offered in a single variant in India, priced at Rs 7.69 lakh.

In the Indian market, the Toyota Starlet locked horns with the Maruti Zen, Daewoo Martiz, Hyundai Santro, and the Tata Indica.

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It looks pretty nice for a car of its size, especially with a chunky rear design, and crisp looking alloy wheels

The kerb weight of the Starlet is just 800 kilograms. The lightweight body along with the smaller dimension makes it quite easy to drive.

The 1.5 litres naturally aspirated engine offers a decent amount of performance. Plus, the wide torque band helps the low-end pickup.

Dynamically, the Starlet is quite fun to drive. The ride and handling balance and the steering response is good.

Safety wise, the driver's side SRS airbag and ABS were standard on all high-grade models.

With a mileage of almost 20 kmpl, the Starlet is fuel economical.

The Toyota Starlet has proven to be incredibly reliable over time. Cars with over 100k km have been running without any fuss.

The Starlet is quite friendly to mods.

The Starlet is extremely rare in the market.

At a price of Rs 7.69 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi), the Toyota Starlet is highly expensive.

Being a small hatchback, the Starlet was terrible in overall cabin space. Space at the back is pretty cramped, and the passengers have to struggle for knee and headroom.

Could have got power windows, especially at this price point.

Cabin insulation on the Starlet is extremely poor. A lot of road, engine, and tire noise filters into the cabin as the pace increases.

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Toyota Starlet EXPERT REVIEWS

The 90-series Toyota Starlet was a fun-to-drive supermini vehicle. It was one of the most technically advanced vehicles of that time. It was a dynamic, lightweight, easy-to-drive and easily maintained vehicle. It looks pretty nice for a car of its size, especially with a chunky rear design, and crisp-looking alloy wheels. Interiors, though, were bland, and not the roomiest either. Where the Starlet truly shines, however, is in the driving experience. Though the 1.5-litre four-cylinder naturally aspirated diesel engine with 54 hp and 91 Nm, may not sound a lot on paper, it was more than enough to propel this 800kg supermini from 0-100 km/h in only 14.5 seconds.

The Starlet was quite superior to its comparable models in terms of the build quality and fit and finish. The paint quality was top-notch, in fact, there wasn't even a hint of rust on older models. Design-wise, the Starlet held its own unique charm. The proportions on that vehicle were absolutely spot on. Furthermore, like other Toyotas, the Toyota Starlet has also proven to be incredibly reliable over time. The vehicle just keeps piling up kilometers without breaking a sweat.

The best features of the Toyota Starlet include foldable rear seats, rear wiper with rear defogger, power steering, and air conditioning. Some models even got a sunroof, digital clock, and alloy wheels.

In terms of the driving experience, the Starlet is definitely quite fun to drive. Its lightweight body, and tighter dimensions, make it fairly easy to drive, even for a beginner. On the other hand, the Starlet's smooth engine and athletic dynamics made sure that even the experienced drivers enjoyed driving it. The 5-speed manual was very sleek, did not have that rubbery feel; it got a nice mechanical feel to it. Steering, though not the quickest to respond, offers loads of feedback. What you will also love about the Starlet, is the widespread torque offered by the engine. Being naturally aspirated, a good amount of performance is available even at The lowest rpms. The top speed of the Starlet was rated at speed 155 km/h. As far as fuel efficiency is concerned, the Starlet retained around 20 kmpl.

The Starlet promises a lot of appeal - be it in looks or driving performance. Therefore, if you are looking for a classy, fun-to-drive vehicle, the Starlet can make for a good choice.

Safety-wise, the driver's side SRS airbag and ABS were standard on all high-grade models.

Toyota Starlet key specification

Features

Body Type Sedan

Fuel Type Diesel

ARAI Mileage 23.59 kmpl

City Mileage 20.32 kmpl

TransmissionType Manual

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