Extensive use of high tensile steel throughout the body shell has helped to increase the car's strength...
Ride and Handling
Designers are faced with a daunting task these days with instructions to shed the car’s pounds but improve the insulation. Somehow that challenge has been successfully overcome on the new Aygo.
Extensive use of high tensile steel throughout the body shell has helped to increase the car’s strength – it is now 12kgs lighter than the outgoing model. But engine noise has been reduced thanks to better bonnet and front wing insulation and road surface noise has been brought down with the introduction of asphalt sheeting to the vehicle’s floor.
The weight loss along with a number of additional spot welds has certainly added to the Aygo’s handling capabilities. It’s stiffer, has more responsive steering and reacts quicker to driver inputs.
The test car sat on 15-inch wheels which were plenty big enough and there have been tweaks to the suspension and electric power steering to improve ride and comfort. It retains the front MacPherson strut and rear torsion beam combination from first generation Aygo, but the adjustments means the car now irons out many uneven road surfaces along the way.
Ease of Use
Simple but effective has to be the key to a successful city car. It needs to feature plenty of modern on-board technology as standard with options to add to that spec list.
The Aygo is incredibly practical for a city run-around. It is bright, spacious and it looks modern with plenty of personalisation options.
The cabin has a simplistic, clutter-free layout with all dials and controls ideally positioned for ease of use. The anti-glare dashboard is also worthy of a mention along with the sleek A-pillars which help driver visibility.
The test car featured the Toyota x-touch and x-nav systems which together added a further £690 to the asking price, but they are worth splashing out for in order to stay connected on the move.
The cloth seats are comfortable and supportive with part-leather trim available on higher spec models.
And although the boot is not huge with a capacity of 168-litres, this is ample for the weekly shopping or a couple of overnight cases. The rear seats can also be folded forward to increase storage options if needed.