Toyota Aygo (2005 – 2014) Review

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Toyota Aygo (2005 – 2014) At A Glance

Low road tax and insurance. Averages a claimed 60mpg. Cheap to run and drives decently. 99g/km CO2 from 2012.

Doors feel flimsy. Reports of water leaks. Clutch and waterpump failures common but stronger clutch fitted from 2009. Water leaks into rear.

Insurance Groups are between 2–3
On average it achieves 86% of the official MPG figure

It must be a tough life being a car designer these days. There you are, refining the styling of the spoiler on your next imaginary supercar when along comes Toyota, Peugeot and Citroen with an impossible brief for a new small car.

First there are all the rules and regulations any new car sold in Europe must comply with: ABS, crumple zones, emissions; an almost endless list. Then there are the crash tests it must pass. Then there's fuel economy and insurance group. Then there's the tiny amount of money it must be built for and still make a profit. And, oh yes, it will have to look good and drive well so people will buy it.

At this point the bad designers jack it all in and slope off to become a dive master on Koh Samui. But the good ones relish the challenge. And Toyota, Peugeot and Citroen must have picked some good ones because between them they came up with the Aygo.

Of course it isn't just the Aygo. It's also the Peugeot 107 and the Citroen C1, all sharing the same basic structure, engine and running gear, and built in the same Czech Republic factory, but with different funky looks to set them apart. Under the bonnet is the lightest four-seater car petrol engine in the world, an all aluminium 998cc three-cylinder VVT-i petrol engine that weighs just 67 kilos, yet pumps out 67bhp and 93Nm torque. Average economy is 61.4mpg.

Toyota Aygo 2006 Road Test

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Real MPG average for a Toyota Aygo (2005 – 2014)

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Average performance


Real MPG

41–79 mpg

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Toyota Aygo - cam belt or cam chain?
"Our friend has a 2012 1.0-litre petrol Toyota Aygo. She wants to know if the car has a cam chain or a cam belt, as it has just reached 70,000 miles on the clock. Can you help? "
This engine uses a timing chain. It should last the life of the car (as long as the oil is kept clean and changed every 12,000 miles or 12 months). But I'd recommend getting it checked by a qualified mechanic at the 70k mark as the chains can stretch or come loose if the car maintenance has been less than perfect.
Answered by Dan Powell
Is the Toyota Aygo with the auto gearbox any good?
"I'm looking for a first car - which needs to be economical, compact, reliable and automatic. I've found a 2007 Toyota Aygo 1.0-litre with 46,000 miles for £3000. What is your experience of this model, please? Is this a good price? Many thanks."
Aygos are great first cars but, unfortunately, their automatic gearboxes are woeful. It uses a robotised manual gearbox which is jerky and can go expensively wrong. You'd be better looking for a Hyundai i10 or Kia Picanto.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Which city car has the best automatic gearbox?
"I need to upgrade my wife's car from her 2008 Toyota Aygo. It's been great but she's never liked the semi-automatic style gearbox. Is there a decent, automatic, city car? Many thanks in advance."
Yes - a Kia Picanto or Hyundai i10 would be a good choice. They're both very good little cars with affordable running costs and, for the time being, a torque-converter automatic gearbox.
Answered by Andrew Brady
What cheap to buy and insure car would you recommend for a new driver?
"What car would you recommend for a new driver. I am trying to keep the insurance to a minimum and only have £1000 to £1600 to spend"
A Toyota Aygo will be reliable and cheap to insure. There are loads about, too. Also consider a Hyundai i10 or Kia Picanto.
Answered by Andrew Brady

What does a Toyota Aygo (2005 – 2014) cost?

Contract hire from £140.12 per month