The Sienta had its full model change after 12 years, and it now has hybrid and gasoline engine power units.
Although it has differences with its equipment, the base price of its lowest-tier hybrid model exceeds 2 million yen, at 2,226,763 yen. The gasoline engine version, on the other hand, has a more reasonable price at 1,689,709 yen, and it is considerably easy to buy at that price.
The test drive model was the G grade, costing 1,980,327 yen. Its price difference with the hybrid G version is approximately 350,000 yen. Furthermore, the running performance of its most basic hybrid grade gave me an impression that it is similar with the gasoline version.
It is equipped with a 1.5L inline 4-cylinder engine, and it has a maximum output of 109hp. It has a CVT. Compared to the hybrid model, I felt a little difference with its power when starting the car, but there was not much of a difference when I started driving it. Its CVT is also easy to use, and it has a thorough acceleration.
Its suspension is set more comfortably. Just like the Toyota cars from before, it was set to provide a completely good riding feel, where it would allow the passengers in the back seat to ride in it with a feeling that it matches with the roads in Japan. And when I rode in the back seat, I was able to feel the pleasantness of its suspension several times. It was skillfully designed for you to feel its steadiness that exceeds the difference in its grades, and it pleasant regardless.
The Sienta adopted theater layout-type seats that have a higher seating location in the second and third row. The field of vision was great even when I rode in the third row. However, it would still depend on the body type of the passenger that would be sitting on the second row, so I can’t really generalize.
You can fold the second row seats for you to be able to enter the third row. When I sat on the third row seat, I felt a little bit unsatisfied with its legroom, but I think it would be alright if you slide the second row seat towards the front a little more. But if you slide the second row seat to the front, it would hit the front seat when you fold the second row seat, and it would be only partially folded so it would be difficult to embark and disembark from the car. It would be better if you slide it backwards and fold the entire thing after the passengers hop out of the second row, but it would be quite difficult to expect that. I didn’t feel bad about the riding feel in the third row, but I could hear the noise of its tires compared to when I sat in the second row.
The JC08 mode gasoline model has a fuel consumption of 20.2 to 20.6km/L with an FF layout. The hybrid version has a fuel consumption of 27.2km/L. The hybrid version has more advantages in terms of tax, but even so, it is still pricey.
If you want to save on expenses, I think it would be wise to choose the gasoline version.
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Yoichi Moroboshi | Automotive Journalist
He became a freelance journalist at 23 years old after working as an editor for an automotive magazine. He competed in races like the Fuji Freshman series in his late 20s for seven years. He does motorsports photography and works as a photojournalist. His hobby is cooking.
(Translated by Claire Marie Sausora)