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For the sensible family man who needs a vehicle to get from point to point, the new Toyota Sienta is a practical, functional and affordable choice.

21 Oct 2016

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When it comes to buying clothes, there are certainly different sorts of shoppers. Some people will look long and hard for something they want, do the necessary research online and check out multiple places selling that specific item. Some people will walk past a shop, see something that catches their attention and decide, "Hey, I like that. I'm getting that." And then there are some of us who just walk straight into a Uniqlo and make a beeline for the section selling $7.90 t-shirts.

The new Toyota Sienta will be familiar to many - those brought in by parallel importers have already been on the roads for some time, but this one comes courtesy of authorised dealer Borneo Motors.

Inspired by an 'urban tracking shoe' design, the quirky-looking Sienta cuts a distinctive figure on the road

If there is one word to encapsulate the Sienta, it is 'sensible'. If you are the sort of car buyer looking for practicality, usability and value-for-money, this one is right up your alley.

Here are some essential numbers for the sensible shopper

It's a proper seven-seater Multi-Purpose Vehicle (MPV), and with this higher-spec 1.5 Elegance model priced at $116,888 (as of 19th Oct 2016), it's one of the cheapest in the market. In fact, it's second only to the Honda Mobilio. If it's space you are concerned about, the Sienta is certainly generous. The car will comfortably sit seven with reasonable headroom and legroom all around.

Boot space can be expanded to 575 litres with the third row of seats folded down. There is a pretty neat system to fold down third row of seats too - it can be tucked underneath the second row, making for a flat and easy-to-load boot. 

So, the Sienta is like the $7.90 Uniqlo shirt huh? Is it actually any good?

Well, in many ways it is like a $7.90 Uniqlo shirt, in the sense that you know what you are paying for, and you probably shouldn't expect much more than that. The Sienta is designed as a practical people-mover, and it is certainly more utilitarian than luxurious. 

The third row of seats can be tucked neatly underneath the second row, creating a flat boot space to load more stuff

Car Information
This model is no longer being sold by local distributors


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Engine Type


4-cylinder in-line 16-valve DOHC Chain drive with Dual VVT-i

Engine Cap





78kW (105 bhp) / 6000 rpm



140 Nm / 4200 rpm




Acceleration (0-100 km/h)



Top Speed



Fuel consumption



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