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Toyota Aygo (2014–)

Last updated 2 January 2018

Improvements in quality and refinement over predecessor. Lots of options for customising. Easy and enjoyable to drive. Impressive on the motorway. Five year warranty.
Doesn't get the more powerful 82PS PureTech engine from the Peugeot 108 and Citroen C1. No spare wheel. Just a tyre repair kit.
Updated 30 May 2017
Toyota Aygo X-Claim announced at a significant £14,195.

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Introduction

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. At the moment the more powerful 1.2-litre engine used in the 108 and C1 isn't available in the Aygo, although that could change.

On the road the Aygo is more refined than before with better noise insulation and less road noise at high speeds. It's impressive in town as you'd expect, with a tight turning circle and easy steering. The gear change is positive enough with better ratios while on the motorway you really notice the improvements, thanks to the Aygo's ability to happily keep up with faster traffic in a relatively stress-free manner.

The Aygo is a considerable improvement over the original and while it doesn't do anything revolutionary, it builds on the strengths of its predecessor with more comfort, refinement and a higher quality interior. Of course being a Toyota it also comes with a five year warranty as standard. Overall the Aygo doesn't quite match the excellent Volkswagen Up but it's still one of the best small hatchbacks on the market.

Road Test of comparable Citroen C1 Airscape VTi 68 and PureTech 82

Toyota Aygo 1.0 X-Press 2017 Road Test

Owners' reviews

5
Very x- clusiv
5
Rewarding drive
4
Good little run around
 

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