Used Toyota Starlet (1996 - 1999) Review

Review by Parkers on
Last Updated: 25 Jul 2014
3
This was the model that ended the long line of Starlets with a wider range (including the sporty SR) than ever before. Despite the Hollywood inspired name, the Starlet does not really draw attention to itself.

Toyota Starlet (96-99)
Promises trouble-free motoring; well built and long lasting
Mediocre ride and handling

New price range:

£7,845 - £11,755

Used price range:

£211 - £1,297

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

3 out of 5

This was the model that ended the long line of Starlets with a wider range (including the sporty SR) than ever before. Despite the Hollywood inspired name, the Starlet does not really draw attention to itself. It can’t. The styling is so dull, the Starlet is easy to overlook. Style matters now even at the entry level end of the car market so this is a major flaw.

On the plus side, it inherits Toyota's legendary reliability and with prices starting at £2500, it makes an efficient runabout. Replaced by the more charismatic Yaris.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

3 out of 5

Performance

3 out of 5

Handling

1.5 out of 5

Comfort

3 out of 5

Practicality

3 out of 5

Behind the wheel

2 out of 5

Safety

1.5 out of 5

Reliability

4.5 out of 5

Running costs

3 out of 5

Green credentials

not rated yet

Buying used

4 out of 5

Selling

4 out of 5

Equipment

1.5 out of 5

What owners say...

 Good powerful 4E-FE engine, Good for building up speed and going up hills. Also parts cheap and widely available. Very easy cars to work with and repair, Never taken it to a mechanic to have work...  

4 out of 5

Daniel Chung ,   31 May 2016    ... read more

 The ability to fold down the back seats and get practically anything through the hatchback. an immensely versatile car.  

5 out of 5

Margaret Lewis ,   08 Sep 2013    ... read more

 Nippy on motorways (Holds speed well) and has a generous boot space with the back seats down in my opinion. Tackles hills and inclines well, after a lil moaning n groaning :) Cheap insurance too. Not...  

3 out of 5

David Apomah ,   17 Nov 2006    ... read more

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