Used Toyota Starlet (1996 - 1999) Driving & Performance

Review by Parkers on
Last Updated: 25 Jul 2014
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.

3 out of 5


Just the one 16 valve 1.3 litre engine for the last-generation Starlet, which is lively without being too quick. A 0-60 mph time of just under 12 seconds is respectable as is the top speed of just over 100 mph. The fine five-speed gearbox helps to deliver the power smoothly, and also gives the Starlet a big car feel on the move.

1.5 out of 5


The driver has a comfortable driving position and clear instrumentation, but the steering is on the lifeless side and the car rolls around sharp corners. The ride is firm, but on longer journeys it is fairly quiet and refined. In town however, power steering is a big help. Vague PAS, patchy roadholding, wallowy suspension, notchy gears; good brakes.