Toyota Aygo city car
Price £8,845 - £13,615
- More space than the old model
- Very cheap to run
- Fun to drive
- Small rear seats
- Some cheap-feeling plastics inside
- Not as much fun as the previous Aygo
At a glance
"The new Toyota Aygo is cheaper to run, has more standard kit and is quieter on the motorway than the old car."
The Toyota Aygo is a close relative of the Citroen C1 and Peugeot 108: in fact, they share most of their parts. Even so, the Toyota has a more distinctive and edgier character, thanks mainly to its striking X-shaped nose and trim-level names. It's also offered with some eye-catching options that help it to stand out from the crowd.
Rivals include that other trio of related city cars the Skoda Citigo, Volkswagen up! and SEAT Mii, as well as the Kia Picanto, Hyundai i10 (one of our favourites) and Renault Twingo. This latest Toyota Aygo, available with three or five doors, is a more sophisticated car than its predecessor, with a better-built interior and a smarter infotainment system, at least on higher-spec versions.
City cars put low running costs at the top of their priority list and the Aygo is no exception. Economy is impressive and there's no road tax to pay. Fortunately, it's fun to drive as well. It's agile and nippy around town and a surprisingly capable cruiser on the open road, where it's reasonably quiet and relaxed. It's no sports car, then, but with just one 1.0-litre petrol engine on offer, you wouldn’t expect it to be.
The boot is larger than its predecessor's, but smaller than those in rivals, while legroom in the rear is in short supply. Since there's only one engine, which Aygo you should buy comes down purely to trim level. There are seven, ranging from basic x to top-of-the-range x-clusiv.
As you’d expect, x is a little basic and x-clusiv is too expensive, which leaves mid-spec x-play and x-pression as the best options in terms of value for money. There's also a version with a folding roof, called x-wave. It's based on the x-pression and is a lot of fun in summer, but it costs around £1,200 more. At least it keeps the Aygo in step with its Peugeot 108 and Citroen C1 cousins, which both offer a similar option.
The previous Aygo was a reliable car and since the current version uses a tweaked version of that model's engine, we expect it to remain so. In any case, it comes with an impressively long five-year/100,000-mile mechanical warranty.
It was awarded four out of five stars for crash safety by Euro NCAP, but that's still pretty impressive given how stringent the testing regime is these days. All Aygos have anti-lock brakes, four airbags, electronic stability control and tyre-pressure monitoring.
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