All-New Toyota Sienta Compact Minivan Unveiled In Japan

Toyota’s Japan-exclusive all-new Sienta minivan ditches the box-like shape of its predecessor for a sporty exterior design inspired by the shape of a trekking shoe.

On sale starting July 9 through Toyota, Toyopet, Toyota Corolla, and Netz dealers across Japan, the compact MPV offers up to three rows of seats placed in a unique stadium arrangement, elevated gradually toward the rear.

Featuring a massive front grille as well as front and rear bumper garnishes that connect the lights, the Toyota Sienta is available in eight different body colors, including the new Air Yellow.

There are five optional extra Flex Tones available, which allow owners to combine the body color with contrasting accents on the front grille, mirror caps and bumpers.

Inside, the Japanese minivan sports a simple and easy to read instrument panel, while switches and other controls are located on the lower part of the center console. There’s also a 4.2-inch color TFT LCD display.

There are three different interior colors schemes available, as well as orange accents with satin-plated and piano black ornaments. The minivan offers three interior layouts: 7-seater, 6-seater, and 5-seater (for wheelchair users). Interior space has been increased in all areas compared to the previous generation model.

There are two engine options available: a 74PS (73hp) 1.5-liter hybrid system and a 109PS (108hp) 1.5-liter gasoline unit which utilizes the Atkinson Cycle alongside Cooled EGR (Exhaust Gas Recirculation) and VVT-iE (Variable Valve Timing-intelligent by Electric motor).

The hybrid returns 27.2 km/L (3.6 l/100 km or 63.9 mpg US) under the Japan’s JC08 test cycle, making it eligible for eco-car subsidies and tax incentives. The non-hybrid Sienta returns 20.6 km/L (4.8 l/100 km or 48.4 mpg US) in 2WD configuration. A “Stop & Start System” is offered as standard.

The Toyota Sienta is available with the brand’s Safety Sense C collision avoidance assist package that uses both a laser radar unit and a single-lens camera. Prices start from 1,689,709 yen ($13,925).


  • Mr_Fanta_Pants

    Toyota has gone from bland and boring to hideously ugly in one fell swoop.

  • Simon Wilson

    WTF? Ugly just gave birth to ugly

  • dinn

    The most ugly car in current Toyota’s line up.

  • fabri99

    Lol I love how… “ugly-ly” the rear sliding door ends, it looks like the glued it later to the car.

  • InSynergy

    I don’t understand majorities. Well maybe it’s overdone a little bit, but attractive at its own trait and not falling into ‘GENERIC/FORMULAIC’ category.

    Just for the non-FlexTone model, maybe it will be better if the grille separator is kept on body color rather than layering it black.

  • TheHake

    Toyota is doing really well… in their quest to become the UGLIEST car manufacturer!

  • Christian

    Wonder if this is the next Corolla Verso in EU?

    • Obsequious Lickspittle

      When you say wonder, do you mean Stevie Wonder?

      • Christian

        Man, you´re so funny, you know?

    • Ayberk Yılmaz

      No, this is a much smaller car.

      • Christian

        Then the Verso-S. (Yaris Verso)

        • Ayberk Yılmaz

          They probably won’t replace the Verso-S with anything since it is selling miserably.

    • Ubique

      The Sienta chassis is based on the Toyota Yaris/Echo/Vitz rather than the Corolla. There is a similar 7-seat compact MPV on sale in the UK as the Toyota Verso (note no-‘S’). The main difference being the Verso in the UK has been extensively restyled internally, probably to meet stricter EU Safety tests. I have a first generation Sienta in HK (parallel import from Japan) and the seating is much thinner however the seating stows away in such an innovative way that there’s a huge amount of space inside, it’s like a tardis! From my HK experience I don’t think I’d like to drive this car in the snow and ice of Europe, although it’s present in Japan.

  • Obsequious Lickspittle

    Toyota are now just playing the designer’s joker card.

  • Yourmanistaken

    Beauty is in the eye of the Beholder, in toyota’s case…it sells

  • Rich Money

    this is your brain on drugs

  • Six Thousand Times

    Oh, the hell with it…I like it. I don’t know why but it’s just super weird and I want a white one with green accents.

  • tb1

    They stolen the instruments cluster placement off Pug 208/308.

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