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We’ve gotten up close and personal with the new Toyota Sienta many times – we were present at its launch last month, and even before that it was previewed several times since May. However, we’ve only seen the car in range-topping 1.5V form, and we have yet to get even a peek at the lower-spec 1.5G variant until now.

Today we get our first look at the base-model Sienta, priced at RM92,900 on-the-road with insurance, RM7,000 cheaper than the 1.5V. The modest price premium probably explains why UMW Toyota Motor hasn’t put much of a word out regarding the 1.5G, as the higher-end model comes with a lot of extra kit on board.

So, what do you lose? Well, at the front, the 1.5G doesn’t get bi-LED projector headlights, making do with halogen projectors instead. It still gets LED daytime running lights, however – these sit low down in the bumper, where fog lights usually reside.

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At the rear of the car, the 1.5G misses out on the neat LED light guides of the 1.5V, although the tail light and brake light functions are still carried out using a single LED bulb on either side. The wheels measure 15 inches in diameter instead of 16 inches as on the 1.5V, and they are also of a simpler silver design instead of the two-tone machine-finish look accorded to the higher-end model.

Step inside – using a remote key instead of keyless entry to unlock the doors – and you’ll find that quite a lot has been stripped out here too. For starters, the 1.5G doesn’t get push-button start, or twin rear electric sliding doors; only the rear door on the passenger’s (left) side is powered here.

Elsewhere, the steering wheel rim is in plain urethane, not leather, and there are no audio switches either. Also missing is an acoustic windscreen, an Optitron instrument cluster, a large colour multi-info display (there’s a smaller monochrome one instead) or a digital video recorder (i.e. dash cam).

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Neither does the 1.5G get Toyota Premium Solar & Security Film window tint or a 6.8 inch touchscreen DVD-AVX infotainment system with Bluetooth, voice recognition and reverse camera – although those can be added back as optional extras, to the tune of RM2,109 each. Other options include a RM3,169 DVD-AVN navigation system and a cheaper RM1,166 Toyota Essential Solar Film window tint.

What you do get is a double-DIN head unit with Bluetooth connectivity, a rear air-conditioning blower, black fabric upholstery with brown pattern print, one-touch tumble second-row seats and novel folding third-row seats that “dive in” under the second row. Safety kit is also identical on all variants and includes three airbags (including one for the driver’s knee, ABS with EBD and brake assist, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Hill Start Assist (HSA) and ISOFIX child seat mounts on the second row.

Powered comes from a 1.5 litre four-cylinder engine making 107 PS at 6,000 rpm and 140 Nm at 4,200 rpm, mated to a CVT with seven virtual ratios. The 2NR-FE Dual VVT-i engine is from the same modern NR family as the 1.3L unit in the Avanza and Perodua Bezza. Drive goes to the front wheels.

So, which Toyota Sienta would you get – the base-spec 1.5G, or the more expensive 1.5V? Sound off in the comments section after the jump. You can also browse full specifications and equipment on both models on CarBase.my.


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