IIMS Toyota Sienta 5

Halo! We’re at the Jakarta International Expo (JIExpo) Kemayoran to bring you live coverage of the 2016 Indonesia International Motor Show (IIMS) – the biggest news is that the Toyota Sienta MPV has just been revealed for the Indonesian market, with the order books now open. Prices range between Rp 230 million (RM68,600) and Rp 295 million (RM88,000), slotting between the Avanza and the Innova.

Built at PT Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indonesia’s new Factory II in Karawang, West Java, it will be exported to ASEAN markets, which means it could be sold in Malaysia sooner rather than later. Measuring 4,235 mm long, 1,695 mm wide and 1,700 mm tall, it’s about the same size as the Perodua Alza, being just 5 mm longer and 80 mm taller. Against its rival, the Honda Freed, it’s 20 mm longer but 15 mm lower.

It’s great to see that the wacky Japanese styling hasn’t been toned down for the region. You still get the swept back headlights that are connected to the large downturned grille via J-shaped bumper garnishes, which run downwards, encircling the fog lights.


Down the side, the wraparound glasshouse droops slightly to meet the shutline of the rear sliding door, while a protruding crease along the bodyside and a contrasting side garnish help break up the otherwise slab-sided design. The LED tail lights are connected via a U-shaped bumper garnish design that mirrors the front.

It’s much the same story inside as well, with large swooping shapes. The dashboard features a dual-tier design – the upper layer incorporates the air vents, 2-DIN head unit and a high-mounted instrument panel (à la Peugeot 208). The seats feature a different design from the Japanese models, however, while the centre console different air-conditioning controls, a floor-mounted gearlever and added storage space.

The Indonesian Sienta range will consist of four variants, these being E,G, V and Q. All models get the new 2NR-FE 1.5 litre Dual VVT-i engine from the facelifted Avanza, producing 107 PS and 143 Nm. This differs from the JDM models, which get a choice of either a 109 hp/136 Nm 2NR-FKE 1.5 litre VVT-iE Atkinson-cycle engine, as well as a hybrid variant with a 74 hp/111 Nm 1NZ-FXE 1.5 litre Atkinson-cycle mill.


Drive is sent to the front wheels via either a six-speed manual gearbox or a continuously variable transmission (CVT) with a seven-speed stepped-ratio mode. The base E model is only available with the manual, while the top-spec Q is fitted exclusively with a CVT. The 170 mm ground clearance on Indonesian models is 25 mm higher than on the JDM cars, presumably to cope with the rougher roads.

As standard, the Sienta comes with halogen projector headlights, 15-inch steel wheels with plastic covers, manual sliding doors, manual air conditioning, a double-DIN head unit with USB connectivity, AUX-in and CD/MP3 playback, as well as a black interior colour scheme.

Moving up, the G adds fog lights, alloy wheels, an electric left (curb-side) sliding door, parking sensors, an immobiliser and a 5.6-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth, Miracast and Air Gesture functionality.

Next on the list is the V variant, which is fitted with 16-inch wheels, a digital air-conditioning system with a separate rear blower (the latter isn’t offered in Japan), keyless entry, push-button start, dual electric sliding doors and a choice of either a white-and-black or black-and-brown interior scheme. The most expensive Q variant tacks on self-levelling bi-LED headlights and a 4.2-inch TFT LCD multi-info display.

Safety-wise, three airbags (including a driver’s knee airbag), all-round disc brakes and ABS with EBD and brake assist are standard fit across the range. Unlike JDM models, Indonesian variants lose out on standard Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Hill Start Assist (HSA) – they’re only fitted on the top Q model.

Also missing on Indonesian-spec models are the optional side and curtain airbags, as well as the optional Safety Sense C driver assist suite that adds Pre-Collision System (PCS) braking, Lane Departure Alert (LDA) and Automatic High Beam (AHB).

Toyota Sienta spec V

Toyota Sienta spec Q

Toyota Sienta spec G