Toyota Aygo (2014) Review

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Toyota Aygo (2014) At A Glance

3/5

+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.

New prices start from £11,775, brokers can source from £10,754
Insurance Groups are between 1–7
On average it achieves 81% 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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Real MPG average for a Toyota Aygo (2014)

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Average performance

81%

Real MPG

42–69 mpg

MPGs submitted

225

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Can you suggest a good first car?
"Is a Renault Twingo good for a first car?"
Yes – cheap to run and easy to drive. Renault doesn't have the best reliability record but that's improved in recent years. You could also look at a Toyota Aygo or Kia Picanto.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Which should I get, the Toyota Aygo or Kia Picanto?
"I'm thinking of buying either a Toyota Aygo or a Kia Picanto. The Aygo is small and cheaper than the Picanto 1.2 that I fancy. Which would be best please? I only do 4500 miles a year. Am I right to go for the 1.2 or is the 1.0-litre okay?"
The current Kia Picanto is a better car than the Toyota Aygo. The entry-level 1.0-litre engine is fine if most of your driving is around town. The 1.2 has a bit more performance. The turbocharged 1.0-litre T-GDi is our engine of choice - it's a really peppy little engine.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Can you recommend some cheap to insure cars for young drivers?
"What cars are reasonable to insure for 18 or 19 year olds?"
You want something that's small, cheap to fuel and backed by a decent reputation for reliability. I'd recommend: Ford Fiesta 1.25-litre: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/ford/fiesta-2008 Toyota Aygo 1.0-litre: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/toyota/aygo-2014 Suzuki Swift 1.2-litre Dualjet: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/suzuki/swift-2010
Answered by Dan Powell
What's the best nearly new car for around £7000?
"I'm looking to purchase a car for £7000 - £8000 and was wondering what models you think would be best to look at in terms of reliability? I'm looking for something with around 30,000 to 40,000 miles on it, preferably under three years old, and can be new or used. For example I found a pre-reg Kia Picanto 2019 model for £7500, but then if you look into the used market there are Kia Ceed's going for around £8500, used of course with around 30k miles on them. I'm really interested in Japanese cars, but don't know where to start when it comes to shopping with those. I'm looking to run this car into the ground so the newer the better so I know all the maintenance has been done well and the car has been looked after, which is why buying new (pre-reg) is tempting. I'd really appreciate some advice from you."
It probably comes down to how much space you need and what kind of driving you do. If you cover quite a lot of miles or need a big boot, something the size of the Kia Ceed would be the best option. If you only use your car for short journeys and only carry one or two people, look for something smaller and newer like the Picanto. A nearly-new Kia Picanto would be a great little car and it'll come with the remainder of Kia's seven-year warranty. Small Japanese cars like the Toyota Aygo and Mazda 2 aren't as good as the Picanto. The Honda Jazz is a bit bigger but could be a good option - it's very reliable and ultra practical.
Answered by Andrew Brady

What does a Toyota Aygo (2014) cost?

Buy new from £10,754 (list price from £12,650)