2022 Toyota Sienta Hybrid Review: Little League MVP

Derryn Wong

Toyota’s official Cat A small MPV, the Sienta Hybrid, is a people mover MVP for Singapore’s urban car league

2022 Toyota Sienta Hybrid

Launched: September 2022
Price: S$150,588 with VES and Category A COE
Five-door, small MPV, seven seats
114hp, 1.5-litre full hybrid, VES A2, 4.0L/100km

Cute image, honest styling
Spacious, flexible interior
Family-friendly nature
Efficient, great at urban driving

Not so good at high speed
MPV foibles not big, but still present

Toyota’s new Sienta Hybrid flips the table on its official history, but stands taller by doing so. It’s an efficient hybrid that packs the best bits of a full-sized MPV in a package that’s very right-sized for Singapore, which is why you could well be looking at the affordable MPV MVP for the current era.

This Sienta small MPV has always been popular here as our review of the second-gen model from 2016 shows, but in officially-imported terms, this is the first time we’re seeing the hybrid.

With Toyota’s product offerings increasingly on-point for Singapore, and offering a full-range of hybrids to mainstream sedans, big sedans, and even whacking great MPVs. As dealer Borneo Motors claims, it’s the only hybrid MPV in this segment that’s eligible for the cheaper Category A COE, and with a VES A2 band (-S$15k) the price shrinks even further.

The Sienta Hybrid officially launched in Singapore in September. It’s so friendly it’ll watch you and your dog cross the road.

As covered in our launch story, there are two models on sale here: The base Standard and the more expensive Elegance, which also comes with optional two-tone paint for $2,000 more. The Standard model is undergoing homologation now, and has no price yet, but if you check CarBuyer’s Marketplace it will have the most current info. We expect it to be around S$10k cheaper than the Elegance model. 

With this being the all-new third-gen model, with TNGA underpinnings, a revised hybrid powertrain, so we’re expecting great things of it – could it offer Most Value (To The) Payer?

Design and Appearance

Electrified vehicles are your friend, or so Japanese carmakers want you to think. The Honda Jazz and Suzuki Ignis (one a full hybrid, the other mild) are birthed from this design school, and it seems Toyota opted for a similar tack with the third-gen Sienta.

Another adorable hybrid for Singapore, tested!

Observers we straw-polled during our time with the car came to a toss-up between it being boxy and van-like and friendly-looking, while the flat-gray paintjob was hailed as ‘fashionable’ (again, see the Honda and Suzuki for examples).

The vibe we’re getting is ‘friendly robot helper’, but we’re pleased with the way the new car looks. That’s because the previous car tried to hide its boxiness and van-ness, but this one embraces it, and differentiates itself enough for casual viewers to know it’s not a commercial vehicle. There’s also a far greater visual ancestry with the OG, the first-gen Sienta, in the round headlights and tall taillights.

And they’re all in our carpark! Left to right : The third, second, and first-gen Toyota Sientas

Page 2: Where the Sienta really delivers – the inside

1. Introduction/ Design and Appearance
2.Interior and Features / Space and Practicality
3.Driving Experience / Competition and Pricing

Pages: 1 2 3


5-door 7 seat Hybrid MPV sienta Toyota

About the Author

Derryn Wong

CarBuyer's former chief editor was previously the editor for Top Gear Singapore and a presenter for CNA's Cruise Control motoring segment.

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