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Toyota Aygo Review

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"Simple and sturdy city car"
  • Launched: 2014
  • City car
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Quick overview

Pros

  • Low effort to drive in the city
  • Good specification other than basic model
  • Low running costs

Cons

  • Not much space for rear seat passengers
  • Adequate motorway performance
  • Automatic hobbles the Aygo’s performance

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Overall verdict on the Toyota Aygo

"There’s not much to choose between the Toyota Aygo and its sibling rivals, but the Toyota is arguably the best-looking of the three and has good dealer performance to lean back on too. In x-play trim it is well-equipped, a breeze to drive and cheap to run."

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Modern city cars have a hard time these days. It used to be that they weren’t suitable for anything other than urban dashes, but now the expectations of buyers are higher than ever before - and Toyota has played a big part in that.


The original Aygo appeared in 2005, and although it was still a cheap car, it felt more sophisticated than its key rivals and proved popular as a result. A second-generation car arrived in 2014 and brought with it significant upgrades including numerous safety features not available on the original model, making it one of our favourite city cars.


Both generations of Aygo were part of a collaboration between Peugeot, Citroen and Toyota, with each manufacturer producing their own version of the car, differentiated only by some design details and specification. Small cars cost almost as much as bigger cars to design and build, but have to sell for much less money, so the joint effort reduced development costs and allowed the final product to be more sophisticated and of better quality as a result.


The Aygo range is simple in terms of the big decisions - another element that helps keep prices low - with a single petrol engine option, three- or five-doors and a choice of manual or automated manual gearboxes. Of course, the Aygo is small in its exterior dimensions at under 3.5 metres in length, although it maximises the available interior space thanks to its tall body and short overhangs. To keep costs down and save a little space, the rear windows on all versions are hinged to open rather than rolling down in the conventional manner.


You may be surprised to discover how much space is available in the Aygo when you step inside. Front seat passengers are particularly well served, with generous legroom and decent headroom thanks to the height of the roof. There’s considerably less legroom available in the rear, so adults using the back seats will want to keep journeys short. The boot is also relatively small, although far from the smallest in the class.


On the inside, the Aygo’s interior is relatively simplistic in its design, but it is attractive and feels of decent quality for a car at this price point. Even in the basic Aygo x model with the least equipment and the most plain trim, there’s still a strong sense that this is a car that has been well-designed and built to last. Move up the Aygo range however and the visual appeal increases; Toyota offers a wide range of personalisation options that allow you to put your own spin on the cabin.


The Aygo has a single engine option, a 1.0-litre petrol three-cylinder unit with a useful rather than towering 72PS. The upside is that the Aygo has been carefully built with low weight in mind, and tips the scales at only 840kg, so it offers decent performance despite the small engine.  


Although it is best suited to town driving, there’s enough performance available to make motorway journeys a viable prospect. It’s also impressively economical, with a claimed fuel consumption figure of 57.7mpg under the tougher WLTP rules, so you should be able to achieve 50mpg in the real world.


Easy to drive, cheap to run and not very expensive to buy, the Aygo is a great example of the modern city car. It delivers everything you could reasonable need, but also manages to perform beyond its brief.


Is the Toyota Aygo right for you?

The Aygo in particular is aimed squarely at new drivers, and as well as meeting the specific requirements of that demographic - easy to drive, cheap to insure and cheap to fuel - it also manages to throw in a few bonus elements; it has a strong exterior design, plenty of scope for personalisation and a fun driving experience. There’s a lot here to keep inexperienced drivers happy.


The Aygo doesn’t have the same quality feeling as the Volkswagen Up, or the space efficiency and driving pleasure of the Hyundai i10, but it is very good value and is likely to be a reliable ownership prospect too.


What’s the best Aygo model/engine to choose?

With only one engine to choose from, there’s not much to consider in this department. Most models are fitted with a five-speed gearbox as standard, but there is an automated manual five-speed available as an option. It’s acceptable if you really have to have an auto, but it blunts the modest performance even further.

The basic Aygo x really is basic - standard equipment amounts to electric windows, daytime LED running lights, and a USB connector for your phone - and that’s about it. Best to at least move up to the x-play version, which is a mile away in terms of extra kit. You get manual air conditioning, height-adjustable driver’s seat, leather steering wheel, heated door mirrors, a reversing camera, two extra speakers, Bluetooth phone integration and the x-touch media system.

The X-Press trim from 2017 livens things up with some fancy red styling bits, ten spoke alloy wheels finished in black and the interior has dashboard inlays match the exterior paint. The result is certainly distinctive, especially when paired to the pictured black paintwork. You won’t have to spend much more though, since the level of standard equipment on X-Press is good. There is a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system, reversing camera, Bluetooth connectivity, DAB radio, climate control, an AUX input, USB socket, steering wheel audio controls, auto lights and a speed limiter – pretty much all a driver could want.

There are still-fancier models above the x-play, but the extra kit you do get isn’t particularly worth the extra financial outlay. 


What other cars are similar to the Toyota Aygo?

There are two obvious candidates here that are more similar than anything else - the Citroen C1 and Peugeot 108 - which would be hard to tell apart other than the price tag and exterior looks. It’s worth considering all three and seeing the best deal you can get to suit your needs.


The SEAT Mii and Skoda Citigo are Volkswagen Group spin-offs of the Volkswagen Up, and bring the solid engineering and efficiency you usually get, just with a smaller price tag than the Volkswagen version. Smart-looking and good to drive, both the Mii and Citigo are attractive options.

 

The Hyundai i10 is one of the best city cars in the class, with impressive space efficiency, a good driving experience and is good value too.


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Toyota Aygo Driver's Seat

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Ask the heycar experts: common questions

Is the Toyota Aygo automatic?

The Toyota Aygo is available with an x-shift automatic gearbox.

Russell Campbell

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Is the Toyota Aygo a good car?

Reliability comes as standard in this fun to drive city car.

Dan Powell

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Who makes Toyota Aygo?

Toyota started making its Aygo in 2005.

Georgia Petrie

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Is the Toyota Aygo a hybrid?

No, but it does have a small economical engine.

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