Toyota Aygo city car
Price £8,845 - £13,615
- Stylish looks
- Very economical
- Agile handling
- Limited boot and rear-seat space
- Basic interior on low-spec models
- Outdone by some rivals
"The second-generation Toyota Aygo is more stylish, more economical and has more trims to choose from than before."
The latest Toyota Aygo has the X-factor – or at least that's what the design on its bonnet suggests.
Unveiled in March 2014 at the Geneva Motor Show, this second-generation model is a lot more stylish – albeit bulkier – than its predecessor, which itself had facelifts in 2009 and 2012.
Available with three or five doors, the most basic of the seven Aygo trims is the x, which, at less than £9,000 makes it the cheapest Toyota by some distance. At the top end of the scale is the x-clusive that includes as standard rear-view cameras, front foglamps, a touch of chrome finishings, a seven-inch touchscreen multimedia system and also a height-adjustable driver's seat that could prove particularly useful for young drivers.
The distinctive x-wave trim offers all the benefits of the mid-range x-pression, plus an electrically retractable roof. However, it's only available with five doors and is quite pricey, so you may be more inclined to purchase the slightly more upmarket Volkswagen up! or Carbuyer favourite the Hyundai i10.
There's a huge range of city cars available on the market, including the Citroen C1 and Peugeot 108, which are both rebadged versions of the Aygo. Other city car alternatives include the Skoda Citigo, SEAT Mii, Kia Picanto, and Renault Twingo, some of which have a bigger boot and more rear-seat legroom than the Aygo.
In terms of economy, the Aygo is efficient enough to be exempt from road tax, with only a 1.0-litre petrol engine on offer. Even still, the small engine – paired with a lot of attention to aerodynamics – makes for an agile and relatively nippy urban runaround car. CO2 emissions for the three-door, manual x trim are 95g/km, while it can return 68.9mpg fuel economy according to Toyota.
The manufacturer is so confident in its passenger cars’ reliability that it offers a five-year or 100,000-mile warranty across the range, so any mechanical faults are covered. Toyota also provides a 12-year anti-corrosion warranty that's transferrable to future owners, so rust shouldn’t be a sticking point when selling the car within that timeframe.
Regarding safety, the Aygo achieved four out of five stars in Euro NCAP crash-testing. However, all models have anti-lock brakes, four airbags, electronic stability control and tyre-pressure monitoring. Apart from the most basic x trim, all second-generation Aygos are also available with optional Toyota Safety Sense Features.
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