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Toyota Sienta 2022 Price In Malaysia

Toyota Sienta Specs
SegmentB-Segment
BodyTypeMPV
TransmissionCVT
Capacity1.5L
Horsepower107PS
Seats7

Pros

  1. Practicality - Aside from the ridiculously small/cute (depending on how you look at it) arm rest, the rest of the interior is cleverly packaged with ample storage compartments, spacious interior and a stowable third row seats for increased cargo space.
  2. Price - For a sub RM100K car, the compact 7-seater MPV comes packed with features that offers great value for money.
  3. Features - The Toyota Sienta offers unique features found only in MPVs a class above like the dual power sliding doors and the optional 360-degreee Panoramic View Monitor (PVM). Advanced safety features earned the compact MPV a 5-Star ASEAN NCAP crash safety rating.

Cons

  1. Interior materials - Soft-touch materials are nowhere to be found in the cabin. Hard plastics are used extensively throughout the cabin and can feel rough and hollow to the touch.
  2. Ride and handling - The tall and narrow body makes maneuvering in tight spaces a breeze but certainly do not bode well for its ride and handling qualities.
  3. NVH level - Road noise is apparent at highway speeds and the CVT whine penetrates the cabin at high engine revs.
  • Overview
  • Exterior
  • Interior
  • Features
  • Driving Performance
  • Ride Comfort
  • Conclusion
  • Overview

    Toyota Sienta Overview

    The Toyota Sienta is Toyota’s compact 7-seater MPV first introduced to the Malaysian market in 2016. Derived from the Spanish word “siete” which means “seven”, the 7-seater MPV was first introduced in Japan back in 2003 based on the subcompact hatchback Toyota Yaris.

    The second-generation Toyota Sienta comes directly imported as CBU from the neighbouring Indonesia. A mild refresh is introduced back in 2018 and Toyota has since dropped the lower spec 1.5 G variant from its lineup. The Toyota Sienta in the 1.5 V trim is the sole variant on sale with minor improvements.

    The Toyota Sienta aims to appeal to the younger audience especially those with family with its practical layout, unique features, quirky exterior design and a cleverly packaged interior.

    Starting from RM97,000, the Japanese compact MPV is competitively priced amongst its competitors which include the likes of the Honda BR-V, Perodua Aruz, Proton Ertiga and the Mitsubishi Xpander.

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  • Exterior

    Toyota Sienta Design

    The exterior design is quite a departure from a conventional seven-seaters like the boxy Honda BR-V. It might not have struck a chord with everyone, but with its quirky lines and unique design touches, you could be forgiven to think that it came from a French manufacturer.

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    From the front, a pair of vertical thin black plastic cladding extends from the headlights down along the bumper to the fog lamps. At first glance, it is as though the little MPV has grown itself a moustache and a side burn. A pair of sleek bi-LED projector headlamps with LED daytime running lights complete the look of the front fascia.

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    On the side is where Toyota Sienta stands out in terms of practicality amongst its competition. With dual powered sliding door, convenience is greatly enhanced. The Honda Freed, which is no longer on sale in the Malaysian market, is arguably the only worthy contender in terms of features and design.

    Toyota Sienta Dimension

    In terms of overall size, it is not particularly big for a 7-seater. In fact, the Toyota Sienta is one of the most compact amongst its competition, significantly shorter and narrower than the Honda BR-V and no taller than the Perodua Aruz.

    Length

    4,235 mm

    Width

    1,695 mm

    Height

    1,695 mm

    Wheelbase

    2,750 mm

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  • Interior

    Toyota Sienta Interior

    The quirky theme continues for the interior of the Toyota Sienta. The instrument panel is elevated and sits further into the dashboard like the ones found on the Peugeot 3008, yet another nod to the French quirkiness.

    Unlike the usual sensible Toyota interior, the dashboard seems to have been sculpted and molded with curves and contour. The cupholders are cleverly integrated to the dashboard and the cooling box hidden above the glove compartment is rather un-Toyota-like.

    Hard black plastics are used extensively on the dashboard, centre console as well as the door panels accented by brushed-aluminium-like plastic trims. Leather wrapped steering wheel with orange stitching does liven up the cabin.

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    The Toyota Sienta also gets brown fabric upholstery and foldable second and third row seats. The interior feels spacious and airy partly thanks to the front and rear quarter windows. Access to the second and third row is a breeze thanks to the wide opening of the power sliding door and a clever ‘one touch tumble’ seat folding mechanism.

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  • Features

    Toyota Sienta Features

    As standard, the Toyota Sienta comes fitted with an acoustic windscreen, keyless entry, push-button start, Optitron instruments with integrated multi-info display, automatic air-conditioning, a 6.9-inch touchscreen infotainment system with voice recognition and a reverse camera.

    Also included is a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel, dual powered sliding doors with soft close function, premium security and solar tinting and a locally-fitted Digital Video Recorder (DVR).

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    Optional upgrades available include a 7-inch DVD-AVX touchscreen infotainment system with reverse camera, DVD-AVN navigation system and 360-degree Panoramic View Monitor (PVM).

    Safety features include Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Traction Control (TC), Hill-start Assist Control (HAC), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), ISOFIX on the second row, and 3 SRS airbags. The Toyota Sienta achieved 5-Star in the ASEAN NCAP crash safety rating.

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  • Driving Performance

    Toyota Sienta Driving Performance

    Engine

    Powering the front wheels is Toyota’s 2NR-FE 1.5-litre naturally aspirated 4-cylinder engine, producing 107 PS at 6000 RPM and 140 NM of torque from 4200 RPM.

    The ECO Meter available onboard serves as a helpful indication to drivers who wish to maximize the engine’s efficiency.

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    Transmission

    The 1.5-litre engine is paired to a Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT) with 7-speed sport sequential shiftmatic mode that aims to provide smoother power delivery and fuel efficiency.

  • Ride Comfort

    Toyota Sienta Ride Comfort

    With a MacPherson Struts up front and a torsion beam at the rear, the suspension set up does its job. The ride and handling is not exceptional, nor it is bad. At city driving speeds, the ride is supple and stable enough to ferry 7 people onboard comfortably.

    Even though effort has been made to keep the noise level down in the cabin (foam filled pillars, sound dampening material on the floor), there is still much room for improvement in terms of the NVH levels. Road and wind noise becomes apparent at highway speeds and the whiny sound of the CVT transmission penetrates the cabin when the engine is pushed hard.

  • Conclusion

    Toyota Sienta Conclusion

    Toyota Sienta offers a unique proposition in the compact 7-seater MPV segment. With premium features like the dual power sliding doors made available at this price point, it could well be the deal maker for those in the market for vehicle of this type. The exterior design might not be up to everyone’s taste, but there is no denying that the Toyota Sienta excels at what it was intended to do, which is to be an excellent multi-purpose vehicle.

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