- Distinctive looks
- Well-designed interior
- Cheap to run
- Not as safe as rivals
- Boot space is limited
- Poor ride refinement
Strikingly designed city car is well-built and fun to drive
The Toyota Aygo is the Japanese manufacturers, and one of the UK’s best-selling city cars. First introduced in 2005, the Aygo is based on the same platform as two of its closest rivals, the Citroen C1, and the Peugeot 108, but is the most distinctively designed of the trio. Taking inspiration from Japanese manga cartoons, the Aygo’s design is aimed at the youth market, whilst also keeping the Toyota tradition of reliability that has kept buyers returning to Toyota over and over again.
The second generation Aygo, introduced in 2014 featured a complete exterior, and interior redesign, as well as improved safety features.
Funky design, solid build quality, poor space
Since it’s latest update in 2014, a lot has changed inside the Aygo. When you step into the car you’ll be met by something that resembles the cockpit of a spaceship. It’s an exceptionally well-designed interior, and the quality of materials and finish on show has the class to match. Personalisable gloss plastics adorn the dashboard, and there’s a leather steering wheel on all but the most basic of trims. Not many rivals can match the Aygo for cabin class.
Most city cars don’t have a lot of storage space, but unfortunately the Aygo is one of the worst in its class. There’s ample room inside the car for passengers, and seating flexibility is impressive, but with just 168 litres of boot space there’s not much room for shopping, and you’ll struggle to get even the most compact buggy in the back. Though it’s an improvement over the old Aygo (28 litres more), it still falls way short of the Volkswagen Up! (251 litres) and the Hyundai i10 (252 litres). If storage space is a primary concern for you, it may be worth considering other rivals.
Specification levels in the Aygo depend upon which trim you go for. Entry-level X models are pretty basic, featuring only electric front windows, USB connectivity, and LED daytime running lights. The best value trim in the range is the X-pression, which adds alloy wheels, leather steering wheel, two extra speakers, Bluetooth, air-con, a rev-counter, front fog lights, part-leather seats, and an excellent touchscreen infotainment system, that’s one of the best on the market.
Overall the inside of the Aygo is pretty impressive. It’s well-designed, well-built, and so long as you avoid the most basic trim, pretty well specced. The lack of space however is disappointing, and may put the Aygo out of contention for some buyers.
Fun to drive, but noisy on motorways
Most buyers expect a city car to be fun to drive around town, and the Aygo definitely ticks the box. There’s a little bit too much in the way of body roll, and it’s noisy when driving at speed, but it’s a pretty nifty package.
Suspension and Chassis
Toyota have designed the chassis and suspension systems for it’s own Aygo, and its rivals the Peugeot 108, and the Citroen C1, with the city in mind. Steering is light around town, making darting through traffic a doddle, and parking in tight spaces is a piece of cake as well. There’s also plenty of grip, which makes it fun car to drive. When you get the Aygo on the motorway, steering becomes a little nervy, though most Aygo owners aren’t going to be covering too many motorway miles.
Compared to some its key rivals, namely the VW Up! and the Hyundai i10, the Aygo isn’t a particularly refined ride. It copes well with small potholes, but city roads are known for their rough tarmac, and the Aygo can feel a little bouncy over the roughest surfaces, as well as being jolty over supermarket speed bumps. It’s not the least refined car in its class, but it’s not up there with the best.
Gearbox wise, there are two options to consider in the Aygo. The standard option throughout the range is a 5-speed manual transmission, that’s a little long geared to say the least. It’s a gearbox designed for fuel efficiency, rather than sportiness. It works well in this guise, but it’s not the most engaging. The x-shift automatic option works in the same way, with quick bursts of acceleration taking longer than we’d like.
Only one engine throughout the range
The Aygo range features only one engine, a 1.0 litre three-cylinder petrol powerplant. With 68bhp, it has enough power to get you around town, and it can cope with the occasional motorway journey as well. It’s hardly the quickest, with a 0-62mph time of 14.2 seconds, but the Aygo is unlikely to be getting to 62mph many times in its life.
For those concerned with the environment, it’s actually an impressively green engine. With just 95g/km of C02 emissions, you can help save the planet, whilst also paying absolutely nothing in road tax. This makes it an attractive proposition for the money-savers. With fuel consumption levels of up to 68.9mpg tied in, the Aygo is a cheap to run, eco-friendly, car about town.
Four star NCAP safety rating, good safety equipment
In the supermini class, very few cars achieve the highest possible 5-star NCAP safety rating, with only the Volkswagen Up! family achieving this feat. The Toyota Aygo achieved a 4-star rating, which is pretty average in this class. With scores of 80% in adult safety, 80% in child safety, and 62% in pedestrian protection, the Aygo is pretty similar to the Renault Twingo and the Hyundai i10, but lags behind the Skoda Citigo and the Seat Mii. There are however six airbags, hill-start control, a tyre-pressure monitor, and ESP all as standard, and a speed-limiter on manual models. It’s not the safest car in its class, but there’s enough kit to put your mind at ease.
Cheap to run, so long as you avoid the costs of new-car depreciation
The Toyota Aygo offers exceptional value for money. With only one engine in the range, every Aygo offers low C02 emissions, as well as impressively efficient fuel-consumption. It’s a very cheap car to run day-to-day, you won’t be paying any road tax, nor will you be spending too much at the petrol pumps. The Aygo is exactly how a city car should be.
Insurance is also very cheap for the Aygo. It depends upon which trim you choose to go for, but the range is fairly small, with the cheapest models in group 6, and the most high-spec trims in group 8. It’s not quite as cheap as a Hyundai i10, a Skoda Citigo, Seat Mii, or a Volkswagen Up!, but it’s still not going to cost you too much to insure each year.
Depreciation is one area that particularly affects the Aygo. With first year depreciation as high as 40%, you’re better off opting for an inspected used equivalent.
The Toyota Aygo is a pretty impressive city car package. It features an well-designed interior, an efficient engine, and is fun to drive around town. It’s not as safe as some rivals, nor does it offer the same amount of storage space, but overall, it’s a pretty good option to consider.
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*This is an approximate figure based on the range of the car’s list price and the AA’s average 1st-year depreciation cost of 40%.