Toyota Aygo city car

Price  £8,700 - £11,620

Toyota Aygo city car

reviewed by Carbuyer

  • Stylish looks
  • Cheap to run
  • Great dealer network
  • Three star safety rating
  • Noisy at motorway speed
  • Rivals are more practical

The Toyota Aygo is a city car that was co-developed with the Citroen C1 and Peugeot 107. Like all city cars it is small, cheap to buy and run, and great for nipping around town.

There's only one engine available – a three cylinder, 67bhp 1.0-litre petrol . But there's a choice of six specification levels: Active, Active Plus, Mode, Move, Mode With Air Con, and Move With Style. Entry level models are pretty sparsely equipped, though – alloys are only standard on Mode spec cars and above, for example.

And that's not the only issue – the Aygo struggles a bit on motorways, and the engine doesn’t quite have the power to cope with the speed. Space in the rear seats is also really limited, and the Aygo has a very small boot. It also has a three star safety rating from Euro NCAP – which is not great in a time when most cars have a five-star rating.

But the Aygo's biggest problem is that there has been a raft of new rivals launched in recent years – like the Hyundai i10 and Skoda Citigo – that don’t suffer from any of these issues. However, a new Aygo is set to be released in 2014 that is likely to be a whole lot more competitive.