Toyota Aygo city car
Price £9,095 - £14,720
- Stylish looks
- Very economical
- Agile handling
- Limited boot and rear-seat space
- Basic interior on low-spec models
- Outdone by some rivals
At a glance
"The second-generation Toyota Aygo is more stylish, more economical and has more trims to choose from than before."
The distinctive styling of the latest Toyota Aygo suggests it has something of the X Factor. But Toyota's baby is sure to be more than a one-hit-wonder, famous one day than then appearing in bargain bins the next.
Unveiled in March 2014 at the Geneva Motor Show, this second-generation model is a lot more stylish than the last car that carried the name, and its extra bulk has helped to make it more useful than its predecessor, too.
That eye-catching face is referenced by the model designations, starting with the x, which, at less than £9,000 for a three-door version, is the cheapest Toyota by some distance and competitive with Carbuyer favourite the Hyundai i10.
There are then a wide range of intermediate trim levels, appealing to a broad range of tastes. At the top end of the scale is the x-clusiv, which comes with an electric canvas sunroof, leather upholstery, alloy wheels, climate control, a seven-inch infotainment screen, privacy glass and keyless entry. That version starts at £13,095 However, this is quite pricey and puts it in contention with the slightly more upmarket Volkswagen up!
If you want a good amount of equipment and like to stand out from the crowd, the Aygo x-cite comes with bright yellow or blue paint, paired with a contrasting black roof, door mirrors and rear bumper insert. It's a very well equipped car, boasting an infotainment system with a seven-inch screen, as well as Mirrorlink phone connectivity, DAB radio and a reversing camera.
There are a huge number of small ‘city’ cars on the market today and it's hard to ignore the Citroen C1 and Peugeot 108, which are both differently styled and branded 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, there's only a single 1.0-litre petrol engine offered, but it's efficient enough to be exempt from road tax. The Aygo is still an agile and nippy urban runabout and CO2 emissions for the three-door, manual x trim are 95g/km, while Toyota claims it can return 68.9mpg fuel economy.
The manufacturer is so confident in the reliability of its passenger cars that it offers a five-year or 100,000-mile warranty covering any mechanical faults. 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. 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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