Toyota Aygo city car
Price £8,695 - £13,090
- Fun to drive
- Very cheap to run
- More space than the old model
- 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."
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 that's let down only by a few cheap-feeling plastics.
On the road, it's as cheap to run as you’d expect, with no road tax to pay and very competitive fuel economy. It's fun to drive, nipping around town with confidence and verve. But with only one engine in the range, there's no more powerful choice for those who want a little extra oomph. It can handle motorways – and it blocks out external noise commendably – but the Aygo is no sports car.
It offers more boot space than before, although nowhere near as much as some of its class rivals. And the very limited legroom in the rear will be an issue for some buyers.
With no choice of engines, the decision of what version to go for will be based solely on the standard kit you get with different trim levels. The entry-level x model is a little sparse and the top-of-the-range x-clusiv x-shift model is expensive, so we’d recommend the decently equipped x-play or the x-pression.
The x-wave folding roof is a fun option. At £850, it opens exposing all passengers to sunshine, but it's only available on the x-pression model. The folding roof is a way for the Aygo to keep up with its Peugeot 108 and Citroen C1 sister cars, as they have both had that option since day one, and the stylish Renault Twingo.
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