Review

Toyota Aygo city car

Price  £8,595 - £12,395

Toyota Aygo city car

reviewed by Carbuyer

Pros
  • Very cheap to run
  • More space than the old car
  • Fun to drive
Cons
  • Tight rear seats
  • Some cheap plastics inside
  • Not as fun as the old car

At a glance

The greenest
1.0 VVT-i x-clusiv 5dr £11,695
The cheapest
1.0 VVT-i x 3dr £8,595
The fastest
1.0 VVT-i x-clusiv x-shift 5dr £12,395
Top of the range
1.0 VVT-i x-clusiv x-shift 5dr £12,395

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

The new Toyota Aygo has been developed to rivals models such as Carbuyer's Car of the Year – the Hyundai i10 – as well as the Volkswagen up!, Skoda Citigo and SEAT Mii, all of which share largely the same parts. 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 (in an effort to cut costs), yet still manages to encapsulate its own unique character.

That comes largely thanks to the Aygo's unique X-styled front end that, to our eyes, makes it far more distinctive than either the Peugeot or the Citroen. The Toyota is also available with a range of accessories that aim to make it highly customisable and even more distinctive.

The Aygo has also grown up and now features a hi-tech infotainment system, as well as a more refined interior.

MPG, running costs & CO2

4.3 / 5

Extremely cheap to run, with sub 100g/km CO2 emissions

The new Toyota Aygo gets the same 1.0-litre VVT petrol engine as the old model, although it has been heavily revised to improve fuel efficiency and cut emissions. The changes mean that fuel economy has improved by 3.3mpg up to 69mpg, while CO2 emissions have dropped to 95g/km, so the Toyota now qualifies for free road tax.

An even more economical version is also planned, which uses stop-start technology (that turns the engine off when the car’s at a standstill) to bring fuel economy up to 72mpg, while CO2 emissions drop to just 89g/km.

Engines, drive & performance

3.2 / 5

Fun in town, but the Aygo is no sports car

As a city car, the Toyota Aygo is most at home in town where its small dimensions make it perfect for darting through congested streets, and parking in tight spaces, while the steering is now more direct than the old car’s. The Aygo’s engine also sounds nice – so working it is not a chore – and the car has plenty of pace for the city.

With just 68bhp, the Toyota was never meant to be a lazy motorway cruiser, but it is surprisingly good at speed nonetheless. The Aygo doesn’t have huge amounts of power in reserve, but overtaking shouldn’t be too much of a hassle and the car’s interior is much quieter than the old model’s. 

Interior & comfort

2.6 / 5

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

While the old Toyota Aygo’s engine featured a characteristic thrum, it could prove wearing on long motorway journeys. Improved sound deadening means the problem has all but vanished in the new car, yet the pleasing engine note remains under acceleration.

Also in the new model’s favour is improved interior trim, which makes it a much nicer place to be, while still maintaining the original model’s youthful appeal.

Practicality & boot space

3.0 / 5

The new Toyota Aygo gets a bigger boot than the car it replaces

The new Aygo is slightly longer than the model it replaces and, despite being lower, also offers improved headroom thanks to a double-bubble roof and front seats that have been lowered by 10mm. Boot space has increased by 29 litres against the old car – to offer 168 litres – and the Aygo also gets a decent-sized glovebox, as well as door bins big enough to swallow a 500ml bottle of water.  The three-door model is £400 cheaper, but brings obvious drawbacks in terms of rear-seat access.

Reliability & safety

4.0 / 5

Expected to be very safe and should be well built, too

It’s far too early to know how reliable the new Aygo will be, but Toyota has an excellent reputation for reliability – despite a host of recent recalls. Despite this, the old Aygo did surprisingly badly in our 2013 Driver Power survey, coming a very lowly 146th out of 150 cars. Toyota faired much better in the manufacturers’ rankings, though, placing eighth out of 32 rival companies.

The Aygo was awarded four stars by Euro NCAP, scoring 80% for both adult and child occupant protection. The crash tests have become more stringent recently, so the car's failure to achieve the full five stars is not hugely significant. Standard safety features include ABS brakes, curtain airbags and a tyre-pressure-monitoring system.

Price, value for money & options

3.5 / 5

More standard equipment than the old mode, including USB and LED daytime running lights

Exact specifications for the new Toyota have yet to be confirmed, but we do know it will be available from launch with two trim levels – basic ‘x’ and better appointed ‘x-play’.

Standard equipment includes a USB plug, hill-start assist, and LED daytime running lights. X-play models build on that list, with equipment such as a multifunction steering wheel, plus a height adjustable steering wheel, and they will also offer buyers a greater range of customisable options.

Early next year, the range will be joined by the Toyota Aygo ‘x-wave’ which will feature a roll-back fabric roof, part-leather seats, and an x-touch infotainment system.

The Toyota has been competitively priced against its main rivals such as the Volkswagen up!, Skoda Citigo, SEAT Mii and Hyundai i10!, while the Aygo has traditionally held the strongest values against the Peugeot 108 and Citroen C1 on which it is based.

The new model also gets a far more comprehensive five-year/100,000 mile mechanical warranty, as well as a three-year unlimited mileage warranty to guard against rust and paint defects.

What the others say

3.8 / 5
based on 2 reviews
4.0 / 5
"Big improvements to the sound-deadening make a big difference at motorway speeds, the interior now gets a hi-tech x-touch infotainment system and the five-speed automated manual gearbox in the Toyota Aygo automatic isn’t as compromised as it used to be."
7.0 / 5
"The biggest thing you'll notice stepping out of an old Aygo into this one is the ride comfort and the sheer calmness of the thing at speed. A constant bugbear of the previous generation, the new car is a lot quieter on the road at speed - travelling at 70mph elicited much lower NVH levels, which means in-car conversations needn't be conducted with megaphones and hearing aids anymore. It's also more comfortable than before, too."
Last updated 
18 Aug 2014

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