Review: Toyota Aygo (2014)
Plenty of kit as standard. Quirky looks.
Noisy engine. Interior feels cheap compared to the Volkswagen Up. Not much space. Steering wheel doesn't adjust for reach.
Toyota Aygo (2014): At A Glance
- New prices start from £11,775, brokers can source from £7,830
- Contract hire deals from £118.39 per month
- Insurance Groups are between 1–7
- On average it achieves 80% of the official MPG figure
Building on the success of the first Aygo, the second generation is once again a joint project with Citroen and Peugeot who have their own versions in the shape of the C1 and 108. However, this time around there's a lot more to differentiate the three, particularly in terms of looks.
So, the Aygo ditches the rounded and soft look for a more angular and aggressive style. Toyota wants the Aygo to be unashamedly Japanese in its design, and there's certainly plenty going in. In our opinion it's the most interesting of the trio. There are lots of customisation options available with buyers able to choose different colours for the x on the front, rear bumpers inserts and other exterior details.
It's the same story inside with personalisation packs that give you gloss panels in various colours, giving it a youthful and funky feel. The interior itself is more refined and comfortable than the original Aygo, although it's not as sophisticated as a Volkswagen Up.
Features like the dated trip display let it down somewhat. There's a fair amount of hard plastics too, but that doesn't detract from the overall feeling of a well finished and durable interior.
The new Aygo uses the same 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine as its predecessor, but with improvements to refinement and economy. It still has the same peppy nature but is cheaper to run with official economy of 68.9mpg.
Toyota updated the Aygo for 2018 with extra noise insulation but it's hard to dampen the noise of the three-cylinder engine at higher speeds. Things are better around town, with a tight turning circle and easy steering - although the short clutch travel takes a bit of getting used to. The gear change is surprisingly precise for a car in this segment.
While the Aygo doesn't do anything revolutionary in the same way as the Volkswagen Up trio, it will be an affordable city car to own and an easy one to live with. Of course, being a Toyota, it comes with a five-year warranty as standard, while fuel and insurance costs ought to be low.
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Toyota Aygo (2014): What's It Like Inside?
Toyota has moved away from the back to basics approach of the original Aygo, giving this generation a more plush cabin.
There's less exposed metal, improved space and better comfort, including wider and more supportive seats. The driver's seat comes with height adjustment as standard (apart from on base level x models) so although the steering column only adjusts for height and not reach, it's easy to find a comfortable driving position, even if you're tall.
The instrument cluster is simple, dominated by a large speedometer with a digital rev counter on the side. It's all incorporated in the steering column and moves with it, so you can always see the display. In the middle is a digital trip computer but the display looks quite dated compared to rival cars. Similarly the indicator and wiper column stalks feel a little old hat.
Like the exterior, Toyota is keen to highlight the 'playful' design it has incorporated into the interior. Some things remain, like the neat rotating circular air vents but now there's a range of customisation options that lift the cabin and give it an upmarket look. However, it doesn't quite have the sophistication to match the Volkswagen Up.
It also can't match the Up for space in the back - it's adequate but not a match for the Volkswagen while the boot is smaller too. The maximum carrying space has increased to 168 litres (and does include a spacesaver spare wheel) but an Up has 251 litres. Strangely the near identical Citroen C1 has more boot space at 196 litres.
The overall fit and finish of the interior is impressive and although there aren't any soft plastics, the harder materials used on the doors and dashtop do at least feel hardwearing and durable rather than cheap. Given the price of the Aygo it's more than acceptable. Storage is good, despite the narrow door pockets, with two cupholders in front of the gear lever and a small cubby ahead of that.
Top models come with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, along with an easy-to-use infotainment system.
Standard equipment (as of June 2018):
Aygo x comes with electric front windows, a tilt-adjustable steering column, an AM/FM radio with two speakers and an aux-in/USB connection, remote central locking, recline and slide-adjustable front seats, dark grey fabric seat upholstery, a one-piece folding rear seat back, front seats with integrated head restraints, LED daytime running lights, rear LED lights, 14-inch steel wheels, tyre repair kit.
Aygo x-play adds a speed limiter, tachometer, power-adjustable heated door mirrors, steering wheel-mounted audio and phone controls, an AM/FM radio with four speakers, a-touch infotainment system with DAB radio and a rear-view camera, air conditioning, driver's seat height adjustment, grey fabric seat upholstery with white bolsters, a 50:50 split/fold rear seat back, detachable rear headrests, a leather steering wheel and gear knob, chrome interior door handles, colour-coded door handles and mirrors, 15-inch steel wheels.
Aygo x-press features automatic air conditioning, dusk-sensing headlights, front fog lights, rear privacy glass, red or black front and rear bumper accents, red or black side sills and roof decal, 15-inch gloss black alloy wheels.
Aygo x-plore adds navigation and 15-inch machined/black alloy wheels.
Aygo x-cite comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, grey fabric seat upholstery with magenta detailing, gloss black roof, 15-inch gloss black alloy wheels, metallic paint, bi-tone finish with black or silver roof and pillars, connectivity pack.
Aygo x-clusiv trim adds Toyota Safety Sense (including pre-collision system, autonomous emergency braking and lane departure alert) and part leather seat upholstery.
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What's the Toyota Aygo (2014) like to drive?
Unlike the Citroen C1 and Peugeot 108, there's just one engine in the Aygo range - the 1.0-litre VVT-i three-cylinder petrol engine.
It has been carried over from the previous Aygo but with various improvements yet still has the same buzzy characterful sound and nippy performance despite a modest 72PS. Refinement is better than before, helped by better sound proofing (from 2018), but there's still a lot of noise from the three-cylinder engine.
With peak torque of just 95Nm you do have to work the engine somewhat to get meaningful performance, but it's happy to be revved hard when required. It's helped by a positive shifting five-speed gearbox while an automated manual - the x-shift - is available as an option. Of course the best part is fuel economy. The manual Aygo will return a claimed 68.9mpg, while CO2 is 93g/km.
This is helped by the light weight of the Aygo - it's just 905kg at its heaviest - so while a 0-62mph time of 13.8 seconds isn't much to write home about, the Aygo does feel nippy away from a standstill and only really struggles for pace on the motorway.
In town the Aygo really comes into its own with a tight turning circle and effortless steering for tricky manoeuvres. The clutch pedal's short travel means it's difficult to sympathetically find the biting point, leading you to give it a lot of revs and create more unwanted noise.
The rear visibility is somewhat hampered by the rising door line and thick rear pillar, but that aside the view out is good. It rides well too given the short wheelbase and small overhangs. It is a touch bouncy but more in a get-up-and-go way than anything uncomfortable.
In terms of handling the Aygo is nimble and reassuring, albeit not quite as sharp or as grippy as a Volkswagen Up. But it's an improvement over the old Aygo thanks to a more rigid body structure and a more direct electric power steering system.
The suspension, like the engine, is carried over from the original Aygo but has been improved and the changes are noticeable in corners where the Aygo is flatter with less body roll.
|1.0 VVT-i||69 mpg||14.2 s||93–95 g/km|
|1.0 VVT-i automatic||67 mpg||15.5 s||95–97 g/km|
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