Toyota Aygo city car

Price  £8,845 - £13,615

Toyota Aygo city car

reviewed by Carbuyer

  • Fun to drive
  • Very cheap to run
  • More space than the old model
  • Small rear seats
  • Some cheap-feeling plastics inside
  • Not as much fun as the previous Aygo

At a glance

The greenest
1.0 VVT-i x-clusiv 5dr £11,945
The cheapest
1.0 VVT-i x 3dr £8,845
The fastest
1.0 VVT-i x-clusiv 5dr £11,945
Top of the range
1.0 VVT-i x-pression x-shift TSS 5dr £13,615

"The new Toyota Aygo is cheaper to run, has more standard kit and is quieter on the motorway than the old car."

The new Toyota Aygo has been developed to rival models such as the Hyundai i10 (Carbuyer's Car of the Year), Skoda Citigo, Volkswagen up! and SEAT Mii.

As with the trio of Volkswagen Group cars, the new Aygo shares its parts with two other models – the new Citroen C1 and new Peugeot 108, yet it still manages to have its own unique character.

That's largely thanks to the Aygo's unique X-shaped front end, which we think makes it far more distinctive than the Peugeot or Citroen. The Toyota is also available with a range of accessories that make it highly customisable and even more eye-catching. 

The Aygo has also grown up a bit compared to its rather basic predecessor: it now features a hi-tech infotainment system, as well as a more refined interior that's let down only by a few cheap-feeling plastics.

On the road, it's as cheap to run as you’d expect, with no road tax to pay and very competitive fuel economy. It's fun to drive, nipping around town with confidence and verve. But with only one engine in the range, there's no more powerful choice for those who want a little extra oomph. It can handle motorways – and it blocks out external noise commendably – but the Aygo is no sports car.

It offers more boot space than before, although nowhere near as much as some of its class rivals. And the very limited legroom in the rear will be an issue for some buyers.

With no choice of engines, the decision of what version to go for will be based solely on the standard kit you get with different trim levels. The entry-level x model is a little sparse and the top-of-the-range x-clusiv x-shift model is expensive, so we’d recommend the decently equipped x-play or the x-pression.

The x-wave folding roof is a fun option. At £850, it opens exposing all passengers to sunshine, but it's only available on the x-pression model. The folding roof is a way for the Aygo to keep up with its Peugeot 108 and Citroen C1 sister cars, as they have both had that option since day one, and the stylish Renault Twingo.

MPG, running costs & CO2

4.3 / 5

The Toyota Aygo is extremely cheap to run, with CO2 emissions of less than 100g/km

Engines, drive & performance

3.2 / 5

Fun in town, but the Toyota Aygo feels out of its depth on the motorway

Interior & comfort

2.6 / 5

Quieter on the motorway, the Toyota Aygo is now a much better long-distance cruiser

Practicality & boot space

3 / 5

The new Toyota Aygo is adequately spacious, but the Skoda Citigo is slightly easier to live with

Reliability & safety

4 / 5

The Toyota Aygo is safe and expected to be reassuringly reliable

What the others say

3.3 / 5
based on 4 reviews
3 / 5
"The Aygo feels robustly constructed, while the engine is based on the tried and tested unit used in the old car."
8 / 10
"Toyota's Aygo has definitely struck a refreshing blow in the beige city car stakes with a fun, fresh design."
6 / 10
"The Toyota Aygo is cheap to buy and run, plus most versions come well equipped. However, if you opt for our favourite versions of the Aygo and 108, the Peugeot gives you even more for slightly less."
3 / 5
"The Toyota Aygo is striking and easily customisable, but it's too cramped, unrefined and poor to drive to worry the best city cars."
What owners say 
2.7 /5 based on 3 reviews
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Last updated 
12 Jun 2015
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