Review

Toyota Aygo city car

Price  £8,945 - £14,570

Toyota Aygo city car

reviewed by Carbuyer

Pros
  • Stylish looks
  • Very economical
  • Agile handling
Cons
  • Limited boot and rear-seat space
  • Basic interior on low-spec models
  • Outdone by some rivals

At a glance

The greenest
1.0 VVT-i x-clusiv 5dr £13,495
The cheapest
1.0 VVT-i x 3dr £8,945
The fastest
1.0 VVT-i x-clusiv 5dr £13,495
Top of the range
1.0 VVT-i x-clusiv x-shift TSS 5dr £14,570

"The second-generation Toyota Aygo is more stylish, more economical and has more trims to choose from than before."

The latest Toyota Aygo has the X-factor – or at least that's what the design on its bonnet suggests.

Unveiled in March 2014 at the Geneva Motor Show, this second-generation model is a lot more stylish – albeit bulkier – than its predecessor, which itself had facelifts in 2009 and 2012.

Available with three or five doors, the most basic of the seven Aygo trims is the x, which, at less than £9,000 makes it the cheapest Toyota by some distance. At the top end of the scale is the x-clusiv that comes with an electric canvas sunroof, leather upholstery, alloy wheels, climate control, a seven-inch infotainment screen, privacy glass and keyless entry.

The distinctive x-wave trim offers all the benefits of the mid-range x-pression, plus an electrically retractable roof. However, it's only available with five doors and is quite pricey, so you may be more inclined to purchase the slightly more upmarket Volkswagen up! or Carbuyer favourite the Hyundai i10

If you want a good amount of equipment and don’t mind standing out from the crowd, the Aygo x-cite comes with bright yellow or blue paint, paired with a contrasting black roof, wing mirrors and rear bumper insert. Inside, you got the seven-inch infotainment screen, as well as Mirrorlink phone connectivity, a DAB radio and a reversing camera.

There's a huge range of city cars available on the market, including the Citroen C1 and Peugeot 108, which are both rebadged versions of the Aygo. Other city car alternatives include the Skoda CitigoSEAT 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, the Aygo is efficient enough to be exempt from road tax, with only a 1.0-litre petrol engine on offer. Even still, the small engine – paired with a lot of attention to aerodynamics – makes for an agile and relatively nippy urban runaround car. CO2 emissions for the three-door, manual x trim are 95g/km, while it can return 68.9mpg fuel economy according to Toyota. 

The manufacturer is so confident in its passenger cars’ reliability that it offers a five-year or 100,000-mile warranty across the range, so any mechanical faults are covered. 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. However, 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.

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 / 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 
3.1666666666667
3.2 /5 based on 6 reviews
50%
 of people would recommend this car to a friend
Last updated 
21 Jan 2016
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