Toyota Aygo (2005 - )
Last updated 30 October 2013
|Boot Space||139–751 L|
There are three grades of trim: Aygo, Aygo + and Sport and a choice of manual or 'MMT' (Multi-Mode Manual) electric clutch semi-automatic. Nest year there will also be a 53bhp 1.4 PSA diesel (not the Toyota diesel as used in the Yaris, MINI and Corolla). There's a choice of two side doors or four, and four doesn't put up cost or weight much because the rear windows simply pop open rather then winding up and down.
At first it all feels a bit flimsy because, to keep weight down Toyota uses thin sheet metal in the tactile bits that don't provide structural strength, like the door skins and the bonnet. But 50% of the bodyshell is high tensile steel and most of it is galvanized which allows a 12 year no perforation warranty at a time when other manufacturers are cutting back their corrosion warranties. The rear seatbacks fold down and that's it, as in the FIAT Panda and base model Citroen C2. The 'parcel shelf' just pop-fits onto a couple of lugs and, to save unnecessary expense, is lifted by just one cord instead of the usual two. The hatchback is simply a big rear window so there is a high sill. And the luggage compartment itself is tiny: just 139 litres, but enough for the average supermarket trip. At least the bags won't fall over.
The steering wheel adjusts up and down and takes the instrument pod with it so nothing ever gets obscured, though some drivers may find the minute mileage display hard to read. All the controls are where you'd expect them to be without having to check the handbook and work well. All trim levels come with a radio/CD player with MP3 socket, while the Sport gets a cute rev counter on a separate pod sprouting out of the main instrument cluster. The seats are okay, for 80 miles at least, which was the length of the test route. There are lots of places to store small items so they won't roll about. The dash top has a high-tech carbon fibre look. And the single pantograph wiper is organised to clear the drivers side properly.Back: Driving Next: Specifications