Cat A Toyota Sienta Hybrid officially headed for Singapore [UPDATED]

Ben Chia

All-new Toyota Sienta Hybrid officially launched here by official distributor Borneo Motors; 114hp 1.5-litre hybrid means Cat A COE and VES band A2, priced at S$150,588 with COE

UPDATED: 6 October 2022


The all-new Toyota Sienta Hybrid is set to be introduced in Singapore by official Toyota distributor in mid-October, offering yet another option for those looking for an affordable seven-seater hybrid family car that’s sold through official channels.

UPDATE: The Sienta Hybrid has been officially launched by Borneo Motors, with prices starting from S$150,588 with COE for the Hybrid Elegance, and S$152,188 for the Hybrid Elegance Dual Tone. There is also a Standard trim listed in the brochure but Borneo Motors says that that the variant is still currently unavailable for sale for now, but will be here in the coming months.

The car will have a 1.5-litre hybrid drivetrain that produces 114hp taken from the Toyota Aqua (previously the Prius C), and that makes it the only COE Cat A hybrid MPV sold through official channels in Singapore. It also means that the Sienta Hybrid will be one of the few seven-seaters competing in Cat A, alongside rivals like the Honda Freed.

The new Sienta features a taller and boxier design over its predecessor, with rounded corners and squares being a noted theme throughout the car. The side features plastic protection mouldings on the lower doors which offers added functionality to absorb dings and dents, while the car is also 10mm higher for more interior headroom.

Standard equipment on the Sienta Hybrid include the Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) suite of active driver safety systems, and among the features that will be part of TSS include pre-collision safety, which can detect motorcyclists, pedestrians, and cyclists and brake to avoid collisions or reduce damage. 

There is also Acceleration Suppression at Low Speed, which will help to avoid accidents if it detects a misapplication of the acceleration pedal, dynamic radar cruise control, and lane tracing assist, while passive safety is accounted for by way of six airbags.

Comfort and convenience features on the Sienta Hybrid include powered sliding doors (left door only for the Standard trim), a 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. The Elegance trim adds adaptive high beam headlights, four Type-C USB ports, sunshades for the windows for the second row, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, and a 7-inch digital driver instrument display, while there is a further option for two-tone paint.

Official pricing details for the Sienta Hybrid have yet to be released, but the car will apparently fall under VES band A2, which nets it a S$15,000 rebate that should result in significant savings over the outgoing model. The current Sienta being sold by Borneo Motors is a non-hybrid model that falls into the neutral B band, but with the Land Transport Authority (LTA) set to implement tighter standards in 2024, going hybrid will be the only way for cars like the Sienta to remain affordable and competitive in the market.


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Ben Chia

CarBuyer's senior staff writer went out to explore the Great Big World, including a stint working in China (despite his limited Mandarin). Now he's back, ready to foist upon you his takes on everything good and wonderful about the automotive world. Follow Ben on Instagram @carbuyer.ben

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