Review

Toyota Aygo city car

Price  £8,595 - £12,395

Toyota Aygo city car

reviewed by Carbuyer

Pros
  • Fun to drive
  • Very cheap to run
  • More space than the old model
Cons
  • Tight 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 £11,695
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, 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), Volkswagen up!, Skoda Citigo 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.

MPG, running costs & CO2

4.3 / 5

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

The new Toyota Aygo uses 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. Economy has improved by 3.3mpg to 69mpg, while CO2 emissions have dropped to 95g/km, so the tiny Toyota now qualifies for free road tax.

An even more economical version is also planned, which will use stop-start technology (that turns the engine off at traffic lights) to bring fuel economy up to 72mpg and drop CO2 emissions 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 hard isn't a chore – and the car has plenty of pace for the city.

With just 68bhp, the Toyota was never meant to be a relaxed motorway cruiser, but it's pretty 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 made a characteristic thrumming noise, it could prove wearing on long motorway journeys. Improved sound deadening means this problem has all but vanished in the new car, yet the pleasing engine note remains under acceleration.

Also working in the new model’s favour is its 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 has a bigger boot than the car it replaces

The new Aygo is slightly longer than the model it replaces and, despite being lower, also has more headroom thanks to a 'double-bubble' roof and front seats that have been lowered 10mm. Boot space has increased by 29 litres compared to the old car (it's now 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 costs £400 less than the five-door, but rear-seat access is obviously trickier.

Reliability & safety

4.0 / 5

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

It’s too early to tell how reliable the new Aygo will be, but Toyota has an excellent reputation in this area, despite a host of recent recalls. Despite this, the old Aygo performed surprisingly poorly in our Driver Power 2013 owner satsifaction survey, finishing a lowly 146th out of 150 cars. Toyota as a brand faired much better in the manufacturer rankings, though, placing eighth out of 32 companies.

The Aygo was awarded four out of five stars for safety by crash-testing body Euro NCAP, scoring 80% for both adult and child occupant protection. These crash tests have become more stringent recently, so missing out on the maximum five-star rating isn't hugely significant. Standard safety features include ABS brakes, curtain airbags and a tyre-pressure monitoring system.

Price, value for money & options

3.5 / 5

Latest Aygo has more standard equipment than the old model

Standard equipment includes a USB port, hill-start assistance and LED daytime running lights. X-play models build on that with a multifunction height-adjustable steering wheel and a wider range of customisable colours and panels.

Early in 2015, 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 is competitively priced compared to its main rivals such as the Volkswagen up!, Skoda Citigo, SEAT Mii and Hyundai i10, while the Aygo has traditionally held its value as a used car better than its Peugeot 108 and Citroen C1 sister models.

The new Aygo also boasts comprehensive five-year/100,000-mile warranty cover, as well as a three-year/unlimited-mileage warranty for 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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