Toyota Aygo Road Test (2014)

Toyota Aygo (Interior View) (2014)
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Toyota Aygo Review

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With a young audience in its sights, safety is a vital factor in attracting buyers to the Aygo...

Comfort and Refinement

For a little city car, space and comfort levels are pretty high on the new.

The car’s dimensions have altered slightly – for example it is 25mm longer, front headroom has been increased by 7mm but the overall height reduced by 5mm. The front and rear tracks have also been widened by 8mm to improve the vehicle’s stance. Space within the passenger compartment has been increased by 9mm.

All these adjustments along with large windows that allow light to flood into the cabin, mean occupants are treated to a bright and spacious environment.

Rear leg room is okay and adults can fit into the back of the car with ease – especially the five-door version – provided the front seats are not pushed back too far.

Although some of the plastic trims dotted around the cabin feel a bit cheap, there are certainly enough top notch techno treats and creature comforts to give the Aygo an overall classy feel.

Safety and Security

With a young audience in its sights, safety is a vital factor in attracting buyers to the Aygo. The last generation model received three stars in the Euro NCAP safety ratings and while new Aygo has yet to be given its official mark, Toyota believes it will achieve four stars this time round.

Standard features include anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution, emergency braking signals, hill-start assist, stability control, tyre pressure monitoring, driver and passenger airbag, front side and curtain airbags, Isofix child seat fixings, remote central locking and an engine immobiliser to keep away any uninvited attention.

The all-round visibility is unobscured and the car’s x-touch system also introduces a Rear View Monitoring System which is a first in the compact city car market.

And although the Aygo doesn’t feel as solid in its build as the likes of the VW up!, it definitely holds its own against most other competitors.

Infotainment

Equipment levels are good on all Aygo trim grades, but the introduction of the x-touch and x-nav are a must for anyone who wants to stay connected on the move.

The x-touch introduces an easy-to-use 7-inch colour touchscreen complete with a user-friendly combination of the latest on-board multimedia technology and smartphone connectivity.

The optional x-nav can be linked to the multimedia system and can be accessed simply and quickly.

All too often cars feature state-of-the-art technology that you need a degree in computer programming to understand. Thankfully, on the Aygo it is efficient, quick and exceptionally easy to use.

Rivals
  • Citroen C1
  • Hyundai i10
  • SEAT Mii
  • Skoda Citigo
  • Peugeot 108
  • VW up!
What We Liked
  • Snazzy design with distinctive cross on the front
  • Punchy little engine with lots of bite
  • Car can hold its own on motorways
  • Great range of personalisation packs
  • Good selection of options, all individually priced
  • Spacious interior
  • Easy to connect to smartphone
  • Easy-to-use sat nav system
  • Good all-round visibility
  • Bright and clutter-free interior
What We Disliked
  • Clutch took a while to bite
  • Costs will soon add up as you introduce the options
  • A bit noisy when buzzing around town
What We Would Like To See
  • Some personalisation packs included as standard
  • A canvas roof option (it is being introduced in other European countries and in the UK at a date yet to be announced)
  • A diesel option
Conclusion

The compact city car market is fiercely competitive but that is a good thing as all manufacturers have to up their game to attract buyers. Toyota has made notable improvements to its new Aygo and it certainly ups the ante in the segment.

27 June 2014 Maxine Ashford
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Toyota Aygo Road Test Data
Model ReviewedToyota Aygo x-play
  
Body Type5-door Hatchback
ColourWhite
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph14.2 Seconds
Top Speed 99 mph
  
Transmission5-Speed Manual
  
Fuel TypePetrol
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban56.5
Extra Urban78.5
Combined68.9
  
Insurance Group7
Euro NCAP RatingTBA
Warranty5 Years / 100,000 Miles
Price (when tested on the 27/06/14)£10,195 plus £690 optional extras

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